Notting Hill & Holland Park

Notting Hill

Notting Hill is close to the north-western corner of Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is a cosmopolitan district known as the location for the annual Notting Hill Carnival, and for being home to the Portobello Road Market.

Notting Hill now has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fashionable area known for attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses, and high-end shopping and restaurants (particularly around Westbourne Grove and Clarendon Cross).

Open spaces and stylish architecture make Notting Hill one of London's most desirable areas. Several parts of Notting Hill are characterised by handsome stucco-fronted pillar-porched houses, often with private gardens, notably around Pembridge Place and Dawson Place and streets radiating from the southern part of Ladbroke Grove, many of which lead onto substantial communal gardens. There are grand terraces, such as Kensington Park Gardens, and large villas as in Pembridge Square and around Holland Park.

The district offers access to three major public parks, Holland Park, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, and smart shops. The area is well served with restaurants including a 2-rosette Michelin rated one, The Ledbury.

There are four tube stations in the area: Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove, Latimer Road and Notting Hill Gate.

Portobello Road runs almost the entire length of Notting Hill from north to south. It runs parallel to Ladbroke Grove. It contains Portobello Road Market, one of London's best known markets, containing an antique section and second-hand, fruit and veg and clothing stalls.

Westbourne Grove is a retail road (running across Notting Hill from Kensington Park Road in the west to Queensway in the east) that has attracted many designer label outlets as well as independent and chain retailers.

North Kensington is the key neighbourhood of Notting Hill. It is where the Notting Hill Carnival started and where most of the scenes in the film, Notting Hill were shot. Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event in August that has attracted up to 1.5 million people in the past, putting it among the largest street festivals in Europe. It passes along the central part of Westbourne Grove.

Estate agents now call the affluent area to the south Notting Hill when referring to Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park.

Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event in August that has attracted up to 1.5 million people in the past, putting it among the largest street festivals in Europe. It passes along the central part of Westbourne Grove.

Holland Park

Holland Park is a district and a public park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in western central London, England.

Holland Park has a reputation as an affluent and fashionable area, known for attractive large Victorian townhouses, and high-class shopping and restaurants. There are many popular shopping destinations located around Holland Park such as High Street Kensington, Notting Hill, Holland Park Avenue, Portobello Market, Westbourne Grove, Clarendon Cross and Ledbury Road.

Though there are no official boundaries, they are roughly Kensington High Street to the south, Holland Road to the west, Holland Park Avenue to the north and Kensington Church Street to the east.

Of the 19th century residential developments of the area one of the most architecturally interesting is The Royal Crescent designed in 1839. The stucco fronted crescent is painted white, Today many of these four storey houses have been converted to apartments, a few remain as private houses. The Royal crescent is listed Grade II. Aubrey House is situated to the North-East of the park.

Holland Park is now one of the most expensive residential districts in London or anywhere in the world, with large houses regularly listed for sale at over £10 million. A number of countries maintain their embassies here.