The enriching cosmopolitan suburb of Notting Hill welcomes visitors from around the world with it’s picturesque buildings and warm atmosphere. I had seen photos of the lightly coloured buildings and street filled antique stores, but never did I imagine that this little slice of Earth would be as magical as it really is.
I had been to England five times previously to this trip, but never had I visited the lovely Notting Hill. Perhaps it was because I was younger or had limited time, but as I am living abroad for six months, I figured I’d immerse myself within the enriching suburbs of London.
Theres is a famous road named Portobello Road located within Notting Hill, you may have heard of it in a movie called Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. This road is filled with markets and antique stores, it’s a popular hub for Londoners all year round, making for a lively atmosphere. Portobello Road is one of the largest antique markets across the world.
Streets connecting to Portobello Road are where you will find some of the most beautiful streets in all of London. It doesn’t take long to find colour, every corner you take, you will be faced with rows of beauty.
Notting Hill Gate
Notting Hill Gate is the tube stop that takes you to the heart of Notting Hill. From here it is a short walk to The Churchill Arms, Portobello Road and also Kensington.
I visited Notting Hill one day with my Grandfather, an English man who grew up in the outskirts of London. He had told me that Notting Hill is almost unrecognisable compared to the sixties and earlier, as it use to be the slumps and dumps of London. It’s amazing how far this part of London has come, coming from being the cheapest place to live to one of the most expensive places to live in England – my Grandfather introduced me to Portobello Road and the history of Notting Hill, today being one of the most iconic suburbs of the world.
Off Portobello Road and the main streets of Notting Hill, backstreets are packed with colourful doors and greenery growing around windows and entrance ways. It’s easy to get lost in the streets of Notting Hill, and without keeping track of the time, the sun is setting and you are wishing you had longer.
Not only will you cross beautiful homes that you wish you could own, but you will also stroll past coffee shops, bakeries and second hand book shops, filled with locals and travellers from around the world. Notting Hill is easy to navigate and to walk around, it’s a perfect day out and is located on the border of zone one and two, making it a central London hotspot.
Notting Hill continues to steal pieces of my heart as if I was stepping into an art work and getting lost amongst the never ending art that seems to continue to grow every day, throughout the heart of London.
Comment if you have been taken away by the magic of Notting Hill.