Includes: Holland Park and Bayswater.
Notting Hill is a bit of a conundrum. Despite being an affluent neighborhood that’s home to celebrities, moneyed professionals, and several well-known conservative politicians, there’s also a distinct pseudo-hippie flavor to this part of town, with several art and music organizations highlighting the alternative culture that’s thrived in the area for almost two hundred years.
Known for its beautiful rows of Victorian townhouses and charming tree-lined streets, the diverse neighborhood easily marries chic cafés with funky independent bookshops, and fashionable clothiers with second-hand stores. And of course, it’s never hard to spot the starry-eyed tourists drawn in by the eponymous Hugh Grant/Julia Roberts movie that was filmed here in 1999.
During the 1960s, the main drag of Portobello Road was a huge hangout for London hippies, leading to the development of the Portobello Road Market, which to this day attracts thousands of visitors every Saturday eager to check out the endless stalls of antiques and eccentric wares for sale.
The Notting Hill Carnival brings a vibrant Caribbean flavor and over a million spectators to the streets every August, while many of the surrounding bars and clubs maintain a quirky yet classy feel all year round, especially at stellar locales like the gallery-meets-music-venue Notting Hill Arts Club and at many opulent but unpretentious haunts.
Wealthy, gritty, mainstream, and indie all rolled into one, Notting Hill is a locale that really does offer a little something for everyone.
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45 Ledbury Road
Notting Hill, London W11 2AA
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135 Portland Road
London W11 4LW
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Portobello Road at Westbourne Grove
London W10 5TD
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40 Holland Park Avenue
London W11 3QY
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12 Acklam Road
London W10 5QZ
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225A Portobello Road
London W11 1LU
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21 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3JQ