Notting Hill is one of London’s more affluent, fashionable and cosmopolitan areas with a truly international mix of residents. This combination creates a vibrant energy, highlighted by the yearly Notting Hill Carnival.
Notting Hill owes much of its architecture to its original landowner, James Weller Ladbroke, who engaged the services of the architect Thomas Allason. He designed these beautiful, stucco fronted period buildings to back on to large manicured communal gardens as typified by the 1999 movie “Notting Hill”. The area boasts the famed Portobello Road, rich with antiques markets and upmarket coffee shops. The area further enjoys exclusive boutique shopping located on Westbourne Grove including Orlebar Brown, Joseph, 202 and Woodhouse.
Varied eateries are also plentiful, the two Michelin-starred The Ledbury, the two Michelin-starred Core, E & O and many more.
Unlike its immediate neighbour, Holland Park is quieter, refined and more gentrified. The architecture is more imposing with many larger Italianate style stucco fronted properties dominating the tree lined avenues on Holland Park. The open green space of Holland Park itself also offers a different experience occupying some 54 acres, half tree covered, boasting tennis courts, two Japanese gardens as well as the Belvedere restaurant and open-air opera through the summer.
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