Notting Hill is a cosmopolitan district in West London, Zone 1 close to Hyde Park, and lying within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is popular for the annual Notting Hill Carnival, taking place every August and made famous by Notting Hill, a 1999 film starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant – this is rapidly turning into a very dated snippet of information.
Now, there’s one thing we haven’t mentioned yet… as you all undoubtedly know from the film Notting Hill (or Paddington Bear for that matter), Pembridge Hall is right on the doorstep of Portobello Road, which is a bustling road with lots of bohemian shops, where film stars live/frequent and Paddington stops by for Elevenses most mornings (Notting Hill’s pretty good for celeb-spotting, or for a fashion style parade).
The Portobello Road Market is a VERY popular area near Notting Hill, where lots of tourists visit. You’ll get to experience this first-hand, especially on Saturday morning. At the weekends the road is transformed into Portobello Road Market, which sells everything from antiques to fruit and vegetables. Lots of tourists visit the market each week and once you muscle your way through the crowd, it is possible to pick up bargains on all sorts of stuff from clothes to books. Make sure you check out the market at least once in your time at Pembridge!