Notting Hill is one of the most fashionable areas in London. Its contemporary reputation as a glamorous and vibrant location was boosted by the 1999 film, Notting Hill, which portrays the area as bohemian and trendy. Notting Hill is particularly famed for its alternative, artistic culture, its eclectic shops, restaurants and bars, and its diverse residents – from families, to young professionals, to film-stars and musicians. This exciting atmosphere, combined with some of the most stunning properties in London, make Notting Hill a highly desirable place to live.
Notting Hill has a particular reputation for shopping, with the presence of Portobello Road Market (which has been in the area since 1837), and numerous boutique and antique shops. The market and shops are known especially for providing interesting vintage items: second hand books and CDs, antiques and vintage clothing.
Notting Hill provides access to a plethora of cultural activities, including three cinemas (The Coronet, The Electric and The Gate) and one theatre (The Gate Theatre). The Portobello Film Festival – the UK’s largest independent film competition – takes places annually in various pop-up cinema locations around Notting Hill.
Notting Hill is host to an exciting and eclectic range of restaurants: from extremely high-end fine dining, to cosy, local cafés and restaurants; from exciting Moroccan cuisine, to typical British pub food. This is where the most imaginative chefs and restaurateurs do it for themselves, experimenting with and establishing new ideas in cuisine and entertainment that redefine eating out in London.
The area is perhaps best known for the Notting Hill Carnival – the second largest street festival in the world. The Carnival first took place as an indoor event in 1959, as a result of race riots, with the aim of promoting cultural unity. The event is now held over the last Sunday and Monday in August, and involves live music, a large range of stalls selling food and drink, and a parade through the streets.
The area’s vibrant nightlife provides a variety of entertainments to suits any tastes. From traditional pubs, providing a cosy, relaxed drink and a bite to eat, to more trendy bars, for those looking for a more exciting night out. The area also hosts a number of nightclubs and live music venues, such as the Notting Hill Arts Club.
Baynards is a short walk from Notting Hill Gate, Queensway and Bayswater stations, for Central, District and Circle Lines, facilitating a quick and easy journey into the City and the West End. The area is also well-served by local bus routes, including the 27, 28, 31, 52, 70, 94, 328 and 452. Heathrow Airport can be reached from Baynards in under an hour.