Charlotte Cowper, Sales Manager at Dexters Notting Hill, agrees with the FT's reasons to live in Notting Hill:
"Notting Hill’s borders are not easily defined. For some, Notting Hill conjures up images of the Afro-Caribbean food and culture scene at the world famous Portobello Market and the annual Notting Hill Carnival, while others will associate the name with the quaintness of the Hillgate Village. With such diversity, Notting Hill attracts and caters to individuals from all walks of life.
"Walking North up Ladbroke Grove from Holland Park Avenue one passes a number of London’s largest private gardens, which serve as communal outside space for those lucky enough to live in the stucco-fronted terraces that line the classic Notting Hill crescents. Continue further and the style of buildings begin to diversify, from the epitome of brutalist architecture that is the Trellick Tower, designed in the 70s by famous Hungarian architect Erno Goldfinger, to the sleek and modern new development at Portobello Square.
"Diversity remains a strong theme in Notting Hill’s food scene. Each Saturday popup stalls serving food from every country imaginable can be found nestled underneath the Westway at the North end of Portobello Road. Alternatively, up-market restaurants such as the Ledbury, which boasts two Michelin stars, or Marianne on Chepstow Road may be the preferred choice.
"Far from quietening down at night, Notting Hill offers an array of late night bars and clubs to those inclined to continue the party. E&O and Beach Blanket Babylon are perfect for anyone seeking good music and tasty cocktails, while those looking for a more relaxed and rustic atmosphere can head to the Cow on Westbourne Park Road to enjoy a pint of what is supposedly London’s best Guinness.
"One never need worry about the commute in Notting Hill as the area has a number of tube stations that are served by the Central, District, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines. Ultimately, whether you are looking to rent, buy or simply visit, Notting Hill has achieved the perfect balance of urban and residential, making it one of London’s most loved neighbourhoods."
If you are interested in moving to Notting Hill, or you are thinking of selling or letting your property, contact Dexters Notting Hill on 020 7243 4500. Call 7 days a week from 8am - 8pm or visit dexters.co.uk.
Until the 1820s, the Ladbroke estate, once the heart of today’s Notting Hill, was tenanted farmland. In 1823, Thomas Allason published plans for the development of the estate and over the next 50 years this design dictated the look of a network of stucco terraces and semi-detached villas built in a series of crescents and communal gardens. Today, Notting Hill offers some of London’s most sought-after housing stock. The 16 private garden squares (or “pleasure grounds”, as they were known) of the original Ladbroke estate have been Grade II listed since 1987. The neighbourhood is short on public green spaces but Holland Park, with its sports facilities, shaded groves and formal Kyoto garden, lies just south of Holland Park Avenue, and Kensington Gardens are a short walk away.