Notting Hill : bohemian chic, nesty, trendy.
For years Notting Hill has been known for its candy coloured houses, its bohemian mood and its offbeat music venues and antiques shops. Of course the borough is also famous for its Carnival inspired by the culture of local people. The carnival is hold every August Bank Holiday since 1965 and it is the largest street festival in Europe.
In the 1960s and 1970s many artists, musicians and hippies settled in the area, attracted by this Caribbean influence and the blues music scene, as well as the nearby arts college. Today the neighbourhood is still home of eccentric people, artists, quaint shops, cafes. The mix of local and international residents gives to the area a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The south of Notting Hill has now gentrified while the north is remaining more popular and inhabited by people from Caribean origins.
The main touristic attraction in Notting Hill : Portobello Market
Good food, good mood, that’s Notting Hill .
Notting Hill, the leisure village
Tube: Notting Hill Gate station is located on Central, Circle and District Lines. It’s seven minutes on the Central Line to Oxford Circus, while the Circle Line will take you across London to Tower Hill in 25 minutes.
Bus: Local bus routes serve Wandsworth (28), South Kensington (70), Golders Green (328), and Kensal Rise (452). Notting Hill Gate also has several 24 hour bus services, including the 27 (to Chiswick), 52 (to Victoria), 94 (to Piccadilly Circus), 148 (to White City), and 390 (to Archway).
Road: Notting Hill is a short drive from the A4, which leads to the M4 and the West of England in half an hour.
Cycle: The 20 minute cycle from Notting Hill to Oxford Circus is a pretty one, running along the edge of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.
Getting away: Locals can reach Heathrow in just half an hour as it’s only two Tube stops to Paddington and from there the Heathrow Express takes 15 minutes to reach the airport.
Bayswater : upcoming, vibrant, cosmopolite, green
Bayswater is still a rare neighbourhood in Central London occupied by local residents living round the year. It is also the most cosmopolite area in London, which may explain the incredible variety of restaurants on Westbourne Grove.
The amazing georgian architecture of Bayswater
Bayswater, impressively green
Its close proximity to Hyde Park and the gorgeous Kensington Gardens is also part of the attractivity of the area. The famous park and the squares make of Bayswater one of the greenest area in London.
The vicinity of the Paddington business area
Five minutes from Bayswater, the neighborhood of Paddington is getting more and more importance as a main business location. The railway station as the tube and bus station attract many companies and new office buildings are emerging every six months. So it is convenient for employees working there to live in Bayswater and enjoy its facilities and green spaces
The huge real estate investments in Bayswater
Due to the attractivity of its location and of its features, Bayswater benefits from heavy investments at the moment. The first shopping center built in London, the beautiful art deco style Whiteley’s, is under renovation and will include a luxurious hotel and apartments with boutiques, with the concept of a « shopping and eating out village ».
The Bayswater Village
You can also treat yourself at the excellent Budhist Centre on Porchester Road which offers yoga and meditation courses, at the Victorian Porchester Spa or of course, in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens which are located litterally at 5’ walk.
Wit hits 4 Tube stations and many buses lines, Bayswater is very well connected.
Bayswater station offers Circle and District Line, other nearby stations include Edgware Road, Lancaster Gate, and Royal Oak for Bakerloo and Hammersmith and City.
Bus: There are bus connections to all over London, including the 7 (to Russell Square), the 23 (to Liverpool Street), the 27 (to Chalk Farm), the 70 (to Acton) and the 148 (to Camberwell Green).
The arrival of Crossrail at Paddington station in 2018 will mean the journey to Liverpool Street station to just 10 minutes.
Rail: The Heathrow Express at Paddington Station takes you to the airport in 15 minutes.
Paddington station also offers services to the western suburbs and beyond to destinations including Devon, Cornwall, Bristol and Wales.
You do not need to choose between Notting Hill and Bayswater…
This beeing said, in London the boundaries between the neighborhoods are not always definite, they fluctuate evolve with time and with people. Just look at differents maps to have an idea of this.
More than this, our Boutique Gardens apartment is conveniently located at the boundaries between Bayswater and Notting Hill.