Are you moving to Notting Hill?
If you like markets, music and a generally laid-back vibe, Notting Hill is the place for you. It might be a touch on the pricey side, but with properties and streets as spectacular as these, it’s easy to see why. Set in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, residents enjoy excellent amenities, and close proximity to Kensington Park and Westbourne gardens.
If you want a taste of the Notting Hill relaxed, community feel, head to Hill Gate Village farmer’s market on a Saturday. Heaps of organic produce spill out of the overflowing baskets and if you want to act like a local, get there before 9am to pick up breakfast staples and treats for the weekend.
Of course, you can’t talk of markets without mentioning the famous Portobello Road Market. Hundreds of boutique shops and stalls line the streets, set against a backdrop of rows of multi-coloured houses.
Community spirit is an important aspect for many people moving to Notting Hill, and we’re pleased to report it doesn’t disappoint. Every square you visit, especially during the weekend, is filled with a variety of some of London’s happiest people. Café culture is important too; it’s impossible to miss the vast array of picturesque cafés dominating almost every corner.
Whatever you need for a seamless Notting Hill removal service, our dedicated moving experts will work to find the right solution. We are Santa Fe Relocation, your one stop removal company. We make moving home easy for you.
Notting Hill: a brief history
Called ‘Knottynghull’ in the 1356 Patent Rolls, Notting Hill wasn’t even a part of London until the late 19th century. This was due to the expanding area of urban London, but it took some time for the residents of the area to consider it a part of the capital.
Increased development in pottery and pig farming saw Notting Hill grow both its economy and population. Nowadays only one of the 19th century kilns remains, and evidence of the piggeries is obscured by the beautiful Avondale Park (once an area of pig slurry affectionately called “the Ocean”).
Notting Hill in the 20th century became known for its population of West Indies immigrants, brought into Britain after the Second World War. They brought with them the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival, which has been celebrated in various forms by millions of Londoners since 1966. Notting Hill’s electric atmosphere and inimitable culture have seen the district become one of London’s most desirable locations.
Notting Hill highlights
• The famous Portobello Road Market
• Picturesque architecture, and colourful rows of terraced houses
• Music, culture and food come together at the Notting Hill Carnival
• Exceptional dining opportunities (three Michelin starred restaurants)
• Culture of artists, musicians and fashion-conscious individuals
• A prestigious Kensington Borough location
Why not try our Area Orientation Service: a professional guide will give you an expert’s preview of Notting Hill and the local area before you move. If you want to find the shops, restaurants, and perhaps even the house in Notting Hill that is just for you, let us show you around.
Things to do in Notting Hill
For music and entertainment, Notting Hill offers some of the capital’s finest venues. There’s so much available to residents, that you won’t even need to travel to out of the area should you not want to!
Check out a movie in the iconic Electric Cinema, which comes with luxury red velvet seats (and front row beds!) for a truly old-school atmosphere. The Tabernacle, a grade II listed former church, is the place to go for music gigs, art exhibitions and dance events.
Fashion lovers will adore simply wondering around some of the streets in Notting Hill, with all sorts of creative shops (many independent) offering quirky outfits and vintage clothes. The Westbourne Grove area has an excellent selection of high-end boutiques to browse.
For the foodies: from the market stalls of Portobello Road, to the Michelin star restaurants, there is something for everyone. Locals favourite long lunches at the Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Café, or the plant based Farmacy.
For the more active resident (or picnic lover), there are beautiful garden squares to stroll around, and close proximity to both Hyde Park and Holland Park. The parks are perfect for long runs, leisurely walks, or a spot of cycling.
Living in Notting Hill, London
Notting Hill property is highly sought after, and the famous Victorian townhouses rarely come up on the market. So, if this is your dream location, it’s best to find an excellent estate agent and keep your eyes peeled. There are a good number of flats and apartments, including new developments and converted houses.
Property here is at a premium, so expect to see houses for sale at an average of £3 million plus and apartments well over £1 million. Rental prices are, however, slightly more competitive: there are opportunities to rent ranging from £500 to over £1000 a week.
If you want to take the stress out of your Notting Hill home search, we’re here to help. Our Home Search Service does all the hard work for you, preparing a perfect list of homes matched to your needs and wants. We are the experts in house removals and storage, here to make everything easy.
Family life and education in Notting Hill
Notting Hill is great place for a family, with a high number of ‘good’ or higher rated State schools. There are actually 4 State schools with ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings. Due to the high number of international residents, there are also a large number of private and international schools. There is a lot of competition for all schools around the Notting Hill area.
If you would like some help navigating the school selection and application process, let us help. Our School Search Service helps by matching schools to your family needs, creating a short list, and helping your family through the application process. It’s just another way that we make moving home easy for you.
Notting Hill – Travel information
The fantastic transport links in Notting Hill make is very popular with City workers, families and young professionals. No matter what your lifestyle or routine, the easy travel links will save you time.
By car, there are great links to Heathrow Airport and onto all the main motorways out of and around London. The area is also served by two very good tube stations: Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park. By bus you can get directly to Oxford Circus and Liverpool Street.
How can we help with your move to Notting Hill?
We have been moving people for over 120 years, so we’ve got the experience and knowledge to make your Notting Hill removal go as smoothly as possible. Utilising the latest in packing and shipping techniques, we can get you from home, to new home and beyond.
We are proud of the care, consideration and efficiency our customers have to come to expect. Take our range of moving services for example; we’ve worked to cover each and every aspect of a successful move through our tailored relocation solutions. Whatever it is you need from your London removals company, our team of dedicated moving specialists will work to make it a reality.
Get a no obligation, free moving quote from Santa Fe Relocation, and see how we can make your move easy.