Notting Hill Area Guide
Notting Hill is located in West London in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The area has been associated with artists and ‘alternative’ culture since its development in the early 19th century and has developed a reputation as an especially affluent and fashionable area. The area is serviced by four underground stations giving access to the Hammersmith & City, Central, District and Circle lines, so mobility in and around central London and beyond is very good.
Notting Hill’s famous reputation means it is at the forefront of retail and fashion. It also has superior transport links, making the area a great location for office space.
What businesses does Notting Hill suit?
Notting Hill is known for its links to the fashion and artistic community, so any businesses that work in print, fashion, design or graphics would certainly benefit from relocating to Notting Hill. Companies that want a good location within London but don’t need close proximity to the inner City and financial districts may also benefit from office space in Notting Hill.
Notting Hill is serviced by four underground stations - Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove, Latimer Road and Notting Hill Gate, giving links to the Hammersmith & City, Central, District and Circle lines. Access into central London is very easy.
Liverpool Street: 23 minutes
Waterloo: 25 minutes
Euston: 24 minutes
Canary Wharf: 38 minutes
Notting Hill has some fantastic eating establishments – its reputation as a fashionable and exclusive district keeps its eateries up to date and fresh. E&O (14 Blenheim Crescent, London, W11 1NN) serves up an eclectic mix of Asian food, drawing influences from Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, and Japanese cuisine. The Red Thai curry is particularly good. You could also check out La Plaza (74 Tavistock Road, London, W11 1AN), a small but genuine Spanish tapas bar that pairs its cuisine with an extensive drinks menu that includes Spanish wines and beer.
The area is well known for its fantastic Turkish and Italian food, so you really get a mix of world cultures when you eat in Notting Hill. There are also the usual chain restaurants offering quick lunches and reasonable evening meals.
Notting Hill’s bars reflect its reputation as a fashion hotspot. The Clarendon (123a Clarendon Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 4JG), for example, is set over two floors and specialises in cocktails. It also offers a varied food menu of both British pub classics and Mediterranean specialities. For pool lovers, The Elbow Room (103 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 4UW) has some of the nicest tables in London, and pairs them with a reasonably priced beer and cocktail menu.
After hours, Blagclub (68 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London, W11 3HT) is a must. Entrance is free before 10pm, and the music line up features a mix of break beat, hip hop, disco, eclectic, funk and jazz, along with regular live bands and acoustic sets.
Kensington Palace is one of London’s working Royal Palaces. Queen Victoria was born there, and until the 18th century it was the preferred Royal residence. Nowadays it is still home to some Royals, but the grounds and other buildings are open to the public. It is a splendid building, and well worth a visit.
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
The MOBPA showcases games, toys, magazines, posters, packaging and anything related to the history of advertising. It opened in 2005 but has steadily grown and now contains over 12,000 original items. It’s a great way to see how consumerism has changed from the Victorian period to the present day.