Notting Hill, London
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The Insider Guide
Okay, so you may not spot film stars Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant ‘bumping into’ each other as they did in the eponymous film which first brought Notting Hill to wider public attention, but move to this bright, bohemian, bravura London district and you will still likely feel sprinkled with a little stardust.
Cinemagoers fell in love with the Notting Hill they saw on screen – with its stylish terraced streets, secret inner city parks and eclectic mix of shops and eateries – and there is no reason why you wouldn’t be equally as smitten with it.
Just a moment’s stroll from your secluded property (be it Georgian mansion, cool townhouse or stylish apartment – all are readily available) is a world of buzzing, bright lights and fun living, with the centre of the capital just a short Tube hop away.
What a property agent can purchase
£1m buys: A two-bedroom flat just off Portobello Road.
£3m buys: A four-bedroom mews house.
£5m buys: A four-bedroom town house in a Grade II listed building.
Best hotels in Notting Hill
The Portobello (http://www.portobellohotel.com) is a lovely hotel housed in two converted neo-classical mansions with stylish bedrooms and fabulous interiors. The Laslett (https://www.living-rooms.co.uk/page/the-laslett) is a hotel with living rooms, offering 51 rooms designed in a contemporary British style. The Abbey Court Hotel (http://abbeycourthotel.co.uk/en/locate_us.html) is housed in a Grade II listed building and offers stylish rooms in a fantastic location close to all the district’s amenities.
Best restaurants in Notting Hill
Core by Clare Smyth (https://www.corebyclaresmyth.com) offers seasonal British fine dining from an ex-protégée of chef Gordon Ramsay in laid-back, light and airy surroundings. Ottolenghi Notting Hill (http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk) serves flavours from around North Africa and the Middle East at a chic deli and ten-seat café. Electric Diner (http://www.electricdiner.com) is a wonderful mix of French-flavoured American diner with all-day menu, long bar, exposed bricks and red leather booths.
Best schools in Notting Hill
Notting Hill Preparatory School (http://www.nottinghillprep.com) has an excellent reputation for the standards of education provided for boys and girls aged from 5 to 13, with good pastoral policies too. The Lloyd Williamson School (http://www.lloydwilliamson.co.uk) proudly boasts of the haven-like quality if offers while teaching boys and girls aged from 1 to 16, offering a through the years holistic education. Godolphin and Latimer (https://www.godolphinandlatymer.com) is a truly first class school for girls aged 11 to 18.
Buying Agents Fact
The blue door that belong to Hugh Grant’s house in the film Notting Hill can be found at 280 Wilbourne Road, just off Portobello Road. It made its way into the film because screenwriter Richard Curtis used to live there.
How to get to Notting Hill from central London
Train: 20 mins on a tube to central London
Car: 20 mins to central London