Why is Notting Hill an Ideal Place to Stay in London

Whether you wish to reside in London or you simply want to stay there for a few days for pleasure or for business, one of the ideal places to stay is Notting Hill that has been made famous by the movie of the same name. The area of Notting Hill has many positive aspects and is well-known for the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival that takes place every year in August. It is also home to colourful houses, an antique market, secluded gardens and impressive Victorian townhouses. It is a posh and sophisticated area that is most sought-after by visitors and residents. The various aspects that have made it a most desirable place to stay are the following.

Superb Location   

Situated just to the northwest of Kensington Gardens, Notting Hill has a superb location in central London, close to the various attractions of the city, especially Hyde Park. Westway lies to its north and Inverness Terrace to its east. Notting Hill Gate is on its south and West Cross Route is on its west. The neighbourhood of Notting Hill is home to Ladbroke Grove, Kensington Park Road, Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road. Several London Underground lines serve the area and its important stations are Bayswater, Holland Park and Notting Hill Gate. It is now a fashionable and affluent area having many up-market shops and restaurants. However, the most famous features of the area include the annual Notting Hill Carnival and the weekly Portobello Road Market. Staying in this area is preferred by many visitors and residents of the city and although there are many hotels in the area, the most popular is London Premier Notting Hill, which offers comfortable accommodation at an affordable cost and a convenient location close to most places of interest.

Immense Opportunities for Shopping  

The area of Notting Hill is an ideal place to stay especially for shopaholics as it offers immense shopping options. Besides the fact that Oxford Street, Mayfair and Kensington High Street are located close by, Portobello Road Market is the neighbourhood’s most famous open market where you can get antiques and other items. The other important shopping streets in the area include Bayswater Road and Notting Hill Gate, where you can find all types of stores ranging from bookstores and antiques to fashionable designer shops. The most famous is Portobello Road Market which is almost one kilometre long where you can surely find a unique gift or souvenir. The other famous shops are Book for Cooks on Blenheim Crescent, which is a unique bookstore/café/cooking workshop and Daunt Books on Holland Park Avenue which has a great selection of travel books. Rough Trade on Talbot Road has a great selection of independent music. There are many independent boutiques such as Aime on Ledbury Road and The Merchant on Westbourne Grove that offer the latest in fashion. The Westfield Shopping Centre on Ariel Way has many fashion chain stores such as Burberry, Boots, Gucci and Miu Miu, as well as an Apple Store and a Disney Store.

Plethora of Cafes, Restaurants & Pubs

Notting Hill offers all sorts of eateries ranging from cosy coffee shops to a Michelin-starred Restaurant. The famous cafes in the area include Coffee Plant, Tea’s Me, Café Diana, Caffe Respiro, Ottolenghi, Talkhouse Coffee and many others. Among the restaurants in the area, The Ledbury was awarded two Michelin stars. Imagine having to reserve a table at least a month in advance for eating at this restaurant. The other restaurants in the area include Walmer Castle, Osteria Basilico and Geales among many others.

Pubs are extremely popular in London and Notting Hill does not lag behind as it has many pubs in its neighbourhood. These include Sun in Splendour on Portobello Road, Portobello Star, The Hillgate on Hillgate Street, Ladbroke Arms on Ladbroke Road and The Castle on Holland Park Avenue, which are all fantastic pubs serving a wonderful selection of draft beers and other drinks and even delicious food.

Important and Famous Must-See Places

The fun of staying in Notting Hill is in exploring the wonderful neighbourhood. The place has been made famous by the movie of the same name, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. If you stay here, you can easily check out 280 Westbourne Park Road where you can see the famous blue door behind which the lead actors hid from the paparazzi. The house was the home of the film/s screenwriter Richard Curtis and its interiors are now completely different from the set used in the film.

The famous author, George Orwell, lived in Notting Hill for several years and his former house on Portobello Road is worth a visit. The blue plaque on the façade distinguishes the house on Portobello Road between Chepstow Villas and Pembridge Road. There are several lovely gardens in the area that you can visit but the private garden in the movie is still private. The various gardens include Ladbroke Square Garden which is a private garden and Kensington Gardens which is open to the public and is home to Kensington Palace that offers a tour for the public.

The Tabernacle is a beautiful landmark in the neighbourhood. It was originally built as a church but was later turned into a cultural arts centre in the 1970s. It now includes a theatre, pub and a beautiful garden courtyard. The other important places of interest include St John’s Church on Ladbroke Grove, local galleries such as Salon Contemporary and Graffik and the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising.

If you are visiting London in August and staying at London Premier Notting Hill, you just cannot afford to miss Notting Hill Carnival.

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