High Street Kensington / South Kensington / Hyde Park / Notting Hill
ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD . . .
Kensington embodies regal elegance. Old-world buildings seamlessly blend with the windows of artisanal cheese shops and bakeries, while international consulates lend the neighborhood an air of worldly refinement. However, the neighborhood’s opulence does not detract from its inviting nature, with Kensington Palace and the area’s myriad museums, such as the Natural History and Victoria and Albert museums, which sees both visitors from London and around the world. Cultured and classic, this borough offers a little bit of everything.
Just across Hyde Park from Kensington lies Notting Hill, a quaint west London neighborhood with a unique charm and vibrant atmosphere. Cobblestoned streets weave through stuccoed Victorian townhouses and narrow alleyways lined with stylish shops. After a history of social unrest and dire housing conditions in the mid-century, Notting Hill went through enormous gentrification and emerged as one of London’s most desirable neighborhoods. Developed over an original Celtic trade route, the area’s tube station, Notting Hill Gate, is a playful nickname for the historical tollgate bridge that remained in use up until 1864. Trade tradition can still be found at Portobello Road Market and nearby Golborne Road where you will find some of the finest vintage clothing as well as emerging designers. With idyllic streetscapes as your backdrop and a plethora of cafés, Notting Hill is a wanderer's paradise.