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Made famous by the iconic 1999 film of the same name, Notting Hill is known for its affluent boutique stores, Instagrammable pastel-coloured residences, and of course, the popular Notting Hill Carnival. Notting Hill is a culturally diverse district of West London, located within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Its picturesque Victorian townhouses, sophisticated shopping options, chic restaurants, and lively spirit make it a popular place to live for London’s wealthy as well as a prime tourist destination. If you’re visiting London, this is a must-see. You can book your Notting Hill short term, long term and weekend car hire with Enjoy Travel.
Overview of Notting Hill
Weather in Notting Hill
Much like the rest of London, Notting Hill experiences a temperate oceanic climate. It sees cold and dry winters between December and February with an average temperature of 45°F (7°C); and warm summers between June and September with an average temperature of 18°C (64°F). It also experiences consistent precipitation throughout the year. Very occasionally, Notting Hill experiences extreme weather conditions like thunderstorms and tornadoes. The best time to visit Notting Hill would be at the end of August, which is when the Autumn foliage is at its prettiest and the Notting Hill Carnival takes place.
Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill sees the greatest number of visitors during the August bank holiday, as they come to experience the colourful Notting Hill Carnival. Started in 1966, this vibrant two-day carnival is Caribbean-themed and Europe’s biggest street festival. There is a long parade along the street, which is lined with 36 sound systems, so whether you’re on the hunt for the best Jamaican jerk chicken or want to dance the soca till your feet hurt, you’re bound to have a blast at Notting Hill Carnival.
What's nearby Notting Hill?
Shop ‘til you drop at Portobello Market
One of the best markets in London, Portobello Market runs along Portobello Road in Notting Hill. This market has something interesting for everyone, with items ranging from kitschy to extremely valuable (sometimes both- like antiques). If you want to see the market in full swing, consider visiting the market on a Friday or Saturday as those are the main market days. Alternatively, weekdays would be better if you want to avoid the crowds and take the time to sift through the offerings at a more leisurely pace. Stroll through the kilometre-long market and you are sure to find something unique to take back home.
Visit Notting Hill’s bookshops
Good news for all the bookworms! Notting Hill is famous for its bookshops, where you might be able to get your hands on some original edition books. Some of the most well-known book stores in the area include The Notting Hill Bookshop - which showcases an impressive exterior - and Lutyens & Rubinstein. This place’s bookstore culture is so iconic that it inspired the 1999 romantic comedy film, Notting Hill, where Hugh Grant’s character is shown to own a travel bookstore in Notting Hill.
Eating out in Notting Hill
Notting Hill boasts stylish restaurants and cafés. A popular breakfast destination, Granger & Co serves the best ricotta hotcakes and chilli fried eggs. To enjoy Turkish cuisine for lunch, visit Lokkanta. We cannot recommend their melt-in-your-mouth lamb yaprak and falafel enough. As the sun goes down, unwind at the Trailer Happiness Bar located on Portobello Road for the best cocktails and ‘60s music.
Getting about in Notting Hill
Getting to Notting Hill from London Heathrow Airport
After reaching the London Heathrow Airport (LHR), catch the tube (Piccadilly line then Hammersmith line), a bus or hail a black cab (around 35-50 minutes) to get to Notting Hill.
Getting around Notting Hill
Public transportation in London is provided by Transport for London (TfL) and you can take either the bus or the tube to reach most destinations from Notting Hill. Within Notting Hill itself, most tourist attractions are all within walking distance so you will easily be able to explore the area on foot.