A thriving cosmopolitan neighbourhood in West London, Notting Hill is a desirable area for aspiring artists, musicians, writers, young professionals and even celebrities. The area is easily accessible from the Underground, with close proximity to the centre of London.
Brimming with fantastic art galleries, from the small independents to the more traditional Temple Gallery, and housing the internationally renowned Gate Theatre, Notting Hill is a hive of artistic delights. Visitors and residents alike enjoy a diverse range of musical, dance and theatrical performances in the many contemporary venues that the area has to offer.
The entertainment scene explodes into the Notting Hill Carnival every summer, combining dance, music and theatrics with a Caribbean party atmosphere. Every August Bank Holiday crowds dance their way into the area to marvel at the elaborate costumes, taste exotic cuisines and join in the party. Since it began in the 1950’s the Notting Hill Carnival has become Europe’s largest street festival, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Another key attraction that has received a global reputation is the famous Portobello Market situated on Portobello Road. Fridays and Saturdays are the main market days, seeing the area alive with bustling shoppers picking up fresh fruit and vegetables, browsing the many clothing stalls and hunting out quality antiques. A mile long, the market has everything from second hand knick knacks to mouth-watering street foods.
Dining in Notting Hill is a delight for everyone from experimental foodies to even the fussiest of eaters. With Michelin Star restaurants, to traditional English pubs, there are plenty of options to appease every palette. Afterwards, Notting Hill’s many fashionable bars are a great place to absorb the area’s famed cosmopolitan vibe.
The area grew in popularity following the box office hit, romantic comedy aptly titled Notting Hill. Starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts and filmed in 1999, the film features many areas of the neighbourhood, which can be viewed on a dedicated Notting Hill Film Tour. A must see for all rom-com fans.