The Relocation Bureau

Westbourne Grove
Holland Park
Portobello Market

Notting Hill & Holland Park

Also Includes

N/A

Postcode Areas Covered

W11, W14

Our Summary

Our rating of Notting Hill & Holland Park

Two areas that have much to offer to everyone, from singles and couples wanting a lively social life, through to families who prefer the tranquillity that can be found in the heart of London.

General Description

Notting Hill and Holland Park lay on the western side of the main downtown area and are themselves divided by the A40. Notting Hill, always famous for its annual carnival, has recently become a very popular and trendy place to live (perhaps helped by the film 'Notting Hill'). A number of celebrities have purchased homes here and this in turn has helped to keep house prices in the area high. There are numerous restaurants and bars which offer every type of cuisine imaginable. Notting Hill is a colourful area, and a stroll down Portobello Road will reveal a row of houses that have been externally painted in different colours, which is a popular theme in the area.

In contrast Holland Park is a quiet, traditional area which is dominated by the park. The area is equally affluent with house prices at the higher end of the market. This area tends to be popular with families as it is close to the shops of Notting Hill, but far enough away from the market and shops to be peaceful.

Holland Park has its own underground station which is on the Central Line. Notting Hill Gate is served by the Central, Circle and District lines.

Travel Times

From Notting Hill to... By Car By Train/Tube
Heathrow Airport 18 miles, 30 mins 40 mins (1 change)
Gatwick Airport 54 miles, 60 mins 60 mins (1 change)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

Housing in Notting Hill tends to be traditional three or four storey homes from the Victorian era, the majority of which have been converted into flats. A few remain as family homes and command very high prices. There are also a number of pretty mews with cobbled streets and houses that have been renovated to a high standard.

Holland Park is a mix of period properties and 1980's built detached houses. The majority are still family homes, although more and more are being converted into apartments.

Notting Hill & Holland Park
  To Purchase To Rent
Studio £270,000 - £550,000 £170 - £550 per week
1 bed £400,000 - £1,000,000+ £230 - £800 per week
2 bed £500,000 - £1,500,000+ £350 - £900 per week
3-4 bed £550,000 - £2,000,000+ £500 - £1000+ per week
5+ bed £2,000,000+ £1300+ per week

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.

Education

Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authority (LA) for the area is the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
www.rbkc.gov.uk/children-and-education/children-and-education

Independent Wetherby boys school is famous for its pupils, Prince William and Prince Harry. Its sister school, Pembridge Hall is part of the same group and is an independent school for girls. There are three bilingual schools in the area making it popular with international residents. There are a variety of state schools to choose from in the area, both primary and secondary. Many of which have been rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Key

  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is the administrative authority responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
www.rbkc.gov.uk
www.rbkc.gov.uk/council-tax/council-tax

The police authority for the area is Metropolitan. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
content.met.police.uk/Home

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
illustreets.co.uk/explore-england

Shopping

Shopping in the area is a wonderful mix of unusual shops that sell an eclectic mix of unusual wares. The main shops are found along Notting Hill Gate and Westbourne Grove though they are very different in quality. Westbourne Grove has a lovely selection of boutiques and good quality clothing shops as opposed to Notting Hill Gate which have your more run of the mill high street shops.

Portobello Market in Portobello Road is a famous market that is held six days a week. Monday to Friday it is home to bric-a-brac sellers, fresh produce, new fashion and vintage clothing, but Saturdays are dedicated to antiques. Go along whether it is just to browse or to do some bargain hunting.

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

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Leisure Facilities

Kensington Leisure Centre - offers a fully-equipped gymnasium, swimming pool, squash courts and aerobics classes.
www.better.org.uk/leisure/kensington-leisure-centre

Body Works West - a private gym with swimming pool and health and beauty suites.
www.bodyworkswest.co.uk

Virgin Active Health Club - an up-to date gymnasium, pool and spa for members only.
www.virginactive.co.uk/clubs/notting-hill

The Print Room at the Coronet - a former print warehouse, is a beautiful Victorian playhouse presenting theatre, dance, concerts and art exhibitions.
www.the-print-room.org

Gate Picturehouse - a cinema showing the latest blockbuster movies approximately one minute away from Notting Hill Gate tube station.
www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Gate_Picturehouse

The Electric Portobello - one of the oldest working cinemas in the country. There are 65 leather armchairs with footstalls, several 2 seater sofas and 6 double beds, each with individual cashmere blankets, providing a truly unique experience. There is a bar serving beer, wine and champagne as well as snacks.
www.electriccinema.co.uk/portobello

Local Attractions

Holland Park - large park with play areas, tennis courts and a cafeteria.
www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks/holland-park

Portobello Market - one of the biggest antique markets in London, also selling bric-a-brac, fashion and fresh produce.
www.portobelloroad.co.uk

Commonwealth Institute - a collection of exhibitions and educational items aimed at promoting a better understanding of the countries that constitute the Commonwealth.
www.commonwealth.org.uk

Notting Hill Carnival – an annual event of dancing, music and masquerade which has taken place on the streets of Notting Hill since 1966.
www.thenottinghillcarnival.com

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