Notting Hill

Quaint streets and rustic townhomes earn this west London neighbourhood its cinematic credentials.

There’s a reason why so many films are set in Notting Hill. The neighborhood’s cobblestoned streets weave through scrunched alleyways and richly furnished Victorian townhomes, and its stylish shops and passionate antique vendors satiate design-driven appetites—Notting Hill’s famed Portobello Road Market is a rummager’s delight. Celebrated as much for its idyllic streetscapes as it is for its cafe lifestyle and ephemeral fancies, it’s easy to understand Notting Hill's cinematic celebrity.

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On the Map

Notting Hill is within RB of Kensington and Chelsea and bordered by Westbourne Green, Kensington, Shepherd's Bush, City of Westminster, LB of Hammersmith & Fulham, Bayswater, and Hammersmith

The London Eye: 35 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 40 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 70 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 65 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 27 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 31 minutes on the tube

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

A Movie-Set Worthy Neighbourhood In West London

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Feel like you're starring in your own romantic comedy in Notting Hill, a cheeky little neighbourhood that's saturated in colour and brimming with esteem.

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Cycling is a popular way to explore Notting Hill's wide streets and nearby Holland Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens.

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Notting Hill is popular with families and young, fashion-savvy professionals living in large sub-divided terraces.

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Cobbled streets bring to life the images traditionally seen on the big screen.

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Picturesque rows of boutique shops and independent antique stores represent Notting Hill's mix of local cultures. Every August, Notting Hill hosts a two-day long Carnival that showcases Caribbean celebrations.

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The Notting Hill Gate Cinema is a local single-screen cinema with an ornate auditorium and an intimate atmosphere.

Famous Portobello Market

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Portobello Market runs the two mile length of Portobello Road.

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Scour the stalls for antiques and curiosities.

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Find everything from fresh food to cut flowers.

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The market is open every day of the week, but Saturdays are the most popular. There's so much to see, it can take a while to wander the two miles.

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Strategically placed watering holes make a perfect place to stop off for a timely refreshment.

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Buy food from the street vendors and sneak off to a side alley to enjoy your moment of culinary satisfaction.

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Fancy Cafe Culture

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Notting Hill is the perfect place to enjoy exquisite cafe fare, whether it be a swanky meal at Beach Blanket Babylon or a small cake from Otto Lenghi.

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Charming Mews Homes

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Hidden amongst the bustle of Notting Hill's Portobello Market and shopping streets are beautiful Mews houses on cobbled streets.

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Despite Notting Hill's prim and affluent exterior, a collection of playful and provocative street art adorns some of the neighbourhood's stone walls.

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There's a light at the end of the tunnel, and residents took the time to give that light a name.

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They call it Notting Hill.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Tec Pateja

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After living his first twenty something years in the great land of Michigan, Tec Petaja travelled throughout central Asia, lived in Indiana and Hawaii, and finally found a home in Nashville, Tennessee where he currently resides with his wife.