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Pastel buildings and colorful shops line the streets of Notting Hill, a charming neighborhood that's famed for its antique market. Enjoy easy access to a wealth of London's top sites nearby!
Notting Hill is one of London’s most charming neighborhoods with its pastel colored buildings, tree-lined streets and a fashionable style that blends vintage and posh. This area was immortalized on the silver screen in the romantic comedy Notting Hill starring true English gent Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Every bit as quirky and fun as the movie painted, this neighborhood boasts one of the world’s finest antiques market right around the corner from trendy fashion boutiques and fine dining spots. Fall in love with Notting Hill’s many charms during your stay in London!
PORTOBELLO ROAD ANTIQUES MARKET
This bright street of colorful buildings is home to the world’s largest antique market along Portobello Road – a collector’s paradise! Antiques heaven stretches out for half a mile with lively and engaging stalls and charismatic local residents. With antiques dating back to pre Christian times up to the swinging 60s, visitors can find glass and silverware, paintings, home wares, furniture, clothing and jewelry on display. There’s plenty of independent cafés tucked in amongst the stalls for antique hunters to refuel before they carry on their intrepid search for treasures.
PORTOBELLO ROAD FRUIT & VEGETABLE MARKET
Proving there’s still life beyond the supermarkets, locals from miles around flock here to get fresh fruit and vegetables and farm fresh products. There’s a little of everything on display, from exotic fruits to handmade soaps and gifts. Also nestled into the market are fresh bread stalls, fishmongers and cheese sellers. Some stalls have been in the same family for generations and are a true example of Notting Hill’s independent spirit.
PORTOBELLO ROAD SECONDHAND / FLEA MARKET
Follow Portobello Road under the Westway and the market transforms from antiques stalls to a flea market with vintage and second hand clothes, jewelry, crafts, music and more on display. If you like vintage clothing, head to the flea market on Fridays while Saturday also features younger designers and handmade items.
'NOTTING HILL' MOVIE SITES
The 1999 romantic comedy "Notting Hill" was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Follow the trail to the famous Notting Hill movie sites including the “Blue Door” of Hugh Grant’s home, the historical Coronet cinema at Notting Hill Gate where Hugh Grant’s character, William, watches Anna, played by Julia Roberts, on the silver screen. The restaurant Nobu, acclaimed in its own right for superb Japanese food, is the location of William and Anna’s first date. Don’t forget to stop in the charming Notting Hill Bookshop, which was the setting for Hugh Grant’s bookshop in the movie.
A grand royal residence set in idyllic gardens, Kensington Palace is the former home of Princess Diana and today is the official residence of Prince William and his wife Kate as well as the base of the young Prince Harry. The King and Queen’s state apartments and changing exhibitions offer a rare glimpse into British history in this real working palace.
One of the charms of staying in Notting Hill is being just s short stroll from beautiful Kensington Gardens. Once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, the expansive gardens are the perfect spot to walk, let the kids run and play or simply soak up the sunshine. The author J.M. Barrie was so inspired by his walks through the gardens that his first Peter Pan novel was based amongst the garden’s lush greenery, and Peter Pan himself is immortalized in a playful bronze statue. Picnic in the Italian Gardens, dine along the Serpentine and enjoy a day in the park right in the heart of London.
PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND
Whimsical and fun, this playground boasts a giant wooden pirate ship among golden sands. In Kensington Gardens! Nearly a million children each year enjoy this playground, in a fitting memorial to Britain’s most beloved Princess. With various toys and play sculptures, a sensory trail and teepees, this is a stimulating and imaginative space inspired by the story of Peter Pan, the eternal child.
Notting Hill Carnival
Held on a bank holiday in August, this bustling Mardi Gras turns the streets and parks of Notting Hill into an extroverted flurry of color, music and dancing. This multicultural event is now a staple in the Notting Hill calendar. A bright and brilliant parade dances and sings along a three mile stretch while Caribbean barbeques smoke away and Calypso and steel drum bands create spontaneous dance floors. A festive and lively London experience!
Portobello Film Festival
Showcasing independent films from mainly British directors, this festival premieres over 700 new films and is an essential date in the diary for film fans. Documentaries, animation, music videos and short films are all on the program. Internationally renowned directors Guy Ritchie and Shane Meadows have all debuted films here as fledgling directors, reaffirming the festival’s integral status amongst the British and international film industries. With talks from directors and film critics, the Film Festival is an essential for film buffs and filmmakers.
Notting Hill is one of London’s most charming shopping neighborhoods. From the antique stalls and the famous Portobello Road market to international brands, the range from eclectic to elegant puts it on every fashionista’s map. The home of vintage clothing and antique furniture, this is a real destination area for shoppers keen on finding a unique piece and supporting local businesses and designers. Chic and airy department store Matches is a relaxing alternative to the larger, busier stores like Harvey Nichols without compromising on luxury.
Stroll along trendy Ledbury Road and Westbourne Grove for elegant shopping along tree-lined streets. This is also a top dining spot where you’ll find stylish Beach Blanket Babylon and Ottolenghi’s flagship restaurant where locals flock for this famous chef’s contemporary take on Middle Eastern food. One beautiful boutique after another makes for a memorable shopping experience in London!
Kensington High Street
From Notting Hill it is a 15-minute walk or one stop on the Tube to Kensington High Street, a great shopping spot with recognisable luxury and high street brands like Topshop, H&M and Zara. Here you’ll find excellent shopping, a huge Whole Foods grocery store and many dining options. Find out more about the best things to see and do in the Kensington neighborhood.
Notting Hill attracts a young and stylish crowd and the restaurants and cafés are just as popular with the locals lucky enough to live nearby as they are with travelers from around the world. Small sidewalk cafés sit next to trendy dining spots and there are plenty of classic London pubs to choose from, too. Don’t miss Ottolenghi where you’ll find inventive recipes and gourmet to go to enjoy in the comfort of your vacation rental in Notting Hill. When you rent a London Perfect apartment you will receive our London guide to your neighborhood with the top dining spots nearby.
As it is an exclusive residential neighborhood in London, you will find excellent food shopping in Notting Hill. There’s a Waitrose, Marks & Spencer for large selections or pop in Daylesford Farm Shop and Café on Westbourne Grove for a marvelous selection of farm fresh ingredients and a taste of Gloucestershire’s best organic products. The displays of freshly baked bread in the windows will lure you in, but stay to do your shopping and enjoy a cup of tea.
Notting Hill has very accessible transport options, with the Notting Hill Gate station conveniently located on both the Circle and District lines and the Central Line. Go direct to South Kensington, Sloane Square in Chelsea, Westminster, Tower Hill, Oxford Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral and so much more. Near the Tube station hop on one of the many double-decker London buses to quickly and easily reach London’s most iconic sights during your stay in Notting Hill.
There are many buses going through Notting Hill including routes 7, 23, 27, 28, 94,148, N207 amongst others.