Notting Hill: A place whose fortunes have come, gone and come again...
London W11 is an area of two halves.
The area has its tourist highlights - Portobello Road
market, the Carnival and the multi-coloured houses on multi-coloured streets. But much of the postcode is definitely not part of the "Notting Hill set".
The streets of W11:Addison Avenue Addison Avenue runs north from Holland Park Avenue and was originally called Addison Road North.Addison Place In the nineteenth century, Addison Place was known by two names - Phoenix Place and Crescent Mews East.Alba Place Alba Place is part of the Colville Conservation Area.Aldridge Road Villas Aldridge Road Villas is a surviving fragment of mid-Victorian residential development.All Saints Road Built between 1852-61, All Saints Road is named after All Saints Church on Talbot Road.Ansleigh Place Ansleigh Place is an ex mews to the west of Notting Dale.Arundel Gardens Arundel Gardens was built towards the end of the development of the Ladbroke Estate, in the early 1860s.Avondale Park Gardens Avondale Park Gardens, unlike other roads in the area, was developed in the 1920s when it was laid out on the former workhouse site.Avondale Park Road Avondale Park Road is a street in Notting Hill.Bangor Street Bangor Street, W11 was situated on the site of the modern Henry Dickens Court.Bartle Road Bartle Road is a street in Notting Hill.Basing Street Basing Street was originally Basing Road between 1867 and 1939.Blechynden Mews Blechynden Mews is a former side street in London W11.Blenheim Crescent Blenheim Crescent one of the major thoroughfares in Notting Hill - indeed it features in the eponymous film.Bomore Road Bomore Road is a street in Notting Hill.Boyne Terrace Mews Boyne Terrace Mews is a mews in Notting Hill, London W11.Bramley Road Bramley Road is a street in Notting Hill.Bulmer Mews Bulmer Mews is a tiny mews behind Notting Hill Gate.Camelford Walk Camelford Walk is a street in Notting Hill.Campden Hill Place Campden Hill Place is a road in the W11 postcode areaCampden Hill Towers Campden Hill Towers is a street in Notting Hill.Caradoc Close Caradoc Close is a road in the W11 postcode areaChepstow Crescent Chepstow Crescent is a street in Notting Hill.Chepstow Villas Chepstow Villas is a road in W11 with a chequered history.Clarendon Cross Clarendon Cross is a street in Notting Hill.Clarendon Road Clarendon Road is one of the W11’s longest streets, running from Holland Park Avenue in the south to Dulford Street in the north.Clydesdale Road Clydesdale Road is a street in Notting Hill.Codrington Mews This attractive L-shaped mews lies off Blenheim Crescent between Kensington Park Road and Ladbroke Grove.Colville Gardens Colville Gardens was laid out in the 1870s by the builder George Frederick Tippett, who developed much of the rest of the neighbourhood.Colville Houses Colville Houses is part of the Colville Conservation Area.Colville Mews Colville Mews is a street in Notting Hill.Colville Road Colville Road is a street in Notting Hill.Colville Square Colville Square is a street in Notting Hill.Colville Terrace Colville Terrace, W11 has strong movie connnections.Colville Terrace Colville Terrace is a street in Notting Hill.Convent Gardens Convent Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.Cornwall Crescent Cornwall Crescent belongs to the third and final great period of building on the Ladbroke estate and the houses were constructed in the 1860s. Dale Row Dale Row is a street in Notting Hill.Darnley Terrace Darnley Terrace is a street in Notting Hill.Dartmouth Close Dartmouth Close is a street in Notting Hill.Denbigh Close Denbigh Close is a street in Notting Hill.Denbigh Road Denbigh Road is a street in Notting Hill.Denbigh Terrace Denbigh Terrace is a street in Notting Hill.Dulford Street Dulford Street is a street in Notting Hill.Dunworth Mews This is a street in the W11 postcode areaElgin Crescent Elgin Crescent runs from Portobello Road west across Ladbroke Grove and then curls round to the south to join Clarendon Road.Elgin Mews Elgin Mews lies in Notting Hill.Evesham Street Evesham Street is a street in Notting Hill.Folly Mews Folly Mews is a street in Notting Hill.Freston Road Freston Road is a street in Notting Hill.Golden Mews Golden Mews was a tiny mews off of Basing Street, W11.Gorham Place Gorham Place is a street in Notting Hill.Great Western Road Great Western Road is a street in Notting Hill.Grenfell Road Grenfell Road follows the line of an old road: St Clement’s Road.Grenfell Tower Grenfell Tower is a residential block in North Kensington.Hayden’s Place This is a street in the W11 postcode areaHayden’s Place Haydens Place is a small cul-de-sac off of the Portobello Road.Hayden’s Place Hayden’s Place is a street in Notting Hill.Hedgegate Court Hedgegate Court is a street in Notting Hill.Hippodrome Mews Hippodrome Mews is a street in Notting Hill.Hippodrome Place Hippodrome Place was named after a lost racecourse of London.Holland Park Avenue Holland Park Avenue is one of London’s most ancient thoroughfares.Holland Park Mews Holland Park Mews runs between the two branches of the road known as Holland Park. Holland Park Terrace Holland Park Terrace is a street in Notting Hill.Holland Park Holland Park is a street in Notting Hill.Holland Park The roads known as Holland Park consist of three main branches. Holland Park Holland Park is a road in the W14 postcode areaHolland Road Holland Road is a street in Notting Hill.Holland Walk Holland Walk is a street in Notting Hill.Horbury Crescent Horbury Crescent is a short and handsome half-moon shaped street between Ladbroke Road and Kensington Park Road, W11.Horbury Mews Horbury Mews is a T-shaped mews in Notting Hill.Hunt Close Hunt Close is a street in Notting Hill.Hurstway Walk This is a street in the W11 postcode areaKenley Street Kenley Street, W11 was originally William Street before it disappeared.Kenley Walk Kenley Walk is a street in Notting Hill.Kensington Park Gardens Kensington Park Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.Kensington Park Mews Kensington Park Mews lies off of Kensington Park Road, W11Kensington Park Road Kensington Park Road is one of the main streets in Notting Hill.Kingsdale Gardens Kingsdale Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.Ladbroke Crescent Ladbroke Crescent belongs to the third and final great period of building on the Ladbroke estate and the houses were constructed in the 1860s. Ladbroke Gardens Ladbroke Gardens runs between Ladbroke Grove and Kensington Park Road.Ladbroke Grove Ladbroke Grove is the main street in London W11.Ladbroke Road Ladbroke Road is a street in Notting Hill.Ladbroke Square The huge Ladbroke Square communal garden is part communal garden accessed from the backs of the houses lining it and part traditional London Square with roads between the houses and the square. Ladbroke Terrace Ladbroke Terrace was one of the first streets to be created on the Ladbroke estate.Ladbroke Walk Ladbroke Walk, W11 is part of the Ladbroke Conversation Area.Lambton Place Lambton Place is a street in Notting Hill.Lancaster Road Lancaster Road is a street in Notting Hill.Lansdowne Crescent Lansdowne Crescent has some of the most interesting and varied houses on the Ladbroke estate, as architects and builders experimented with different styles.Lansdowne Cresent Lansdowne Crescent has some of the most interesting and varied houses on the Ladbroke estate, as architects and builders experimented with different styles.Lansdowne Mews Lansdowne Mews is a cul-de-sac in Notting Hill.Lansdowne Rise Lansdowne Rise, W11 was originally called Montpelier Road.Lansdowne Road Lansdowne Road is a street in Notting Hill.Lansdowne Walk Lansdowne Walk was named after the Lansdowne area of Cheltenham.Leamington House Residential blockLeamington Road Villas Leamington Road Villas is a street in Notting Hill.Ledbury Mews North Ledbury Mews North is a street in Notting Hill.Ledbury Mews West This is a street in the W11 postcode areaLedbury Road Ledbury Road is split between W2 and W11, the postal line intersecting the street.Lonsdale Road Lonsdale Road is a street in Notting Hill.Lorne Gardens Lorne Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.Mary Place Mary Place is a street in Notting Hill.Mcgregor Road Mcgregor Road is a street in Notting Hill.Mews End Studios Mews End Studios is a street in Notting Hill.Mortimer Square Mortimer Square is a street in Notting Hill.Needham Road Needham Road is a street in Notting Hill.Newcombe House Residential blockNicholas Road This is a street in the W11 postcode areaNorland Place Norland Place began its life as Norland Stables.Norland Road Norland Road is a street in Notting Hill.Norland Square Norland Square is a street in Notting Hill.Notting Hill Gate Notting Hill Gate is a street in Notting Hill.Olaf Street Olaf Street is a street in Notting Hill.Pembridge Crescent Pembridge Crescent is a street in Notting Hill.Pembridge Mews Pembridge Mews is a street in Notting Hill.Pembridge Place Pembridge Place is a street in Notting Hill.Pembridge Road Pembridge Road is the former southern end of Portobello Lane. Pembridge Villas Pembridge Villas is a street in Notting Hill.Pencombe Mews Pencombe Mews is a street in Notting Hill.Penzance Place Penzance Place is a street in Notting Hill.Pinehurst Court Pinehurst Court is a portered Victorian mansion block at 1-9 Colville Gardens.Portland Road Portland Road is a street in Notting Hill, rich at one end and poor at the other.Portobello Road Portobello Road is the home to one of the most reknowned markets in London.Portobello Road Portobello Road is internationally famous for its market.Pottery Lane Pottery Lane takes its name from the brickfields which were situated at the northern end of the street.Powis Gardens Powis Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.Powis Mews Powis Mews is a street in Notting Hill.Powis Square Powis Square is a square between Talbot Road and Colville Terrace.Powis Terrace Powis Terrace is a street in Notting Hill.Prince’s Yard This is a small cul-de-sac off of Princes Road.Princedale Road Princedale Road was formerly Princes Road.Princes Place Princes Place is a street in Notting Hill.Queensdale Crecent Queensdale Crecent is a street in Notting Hill.Queensdale Crescent Queensdale Crescent is a street in Notting Hill.Queensdale Place Queensdale Place is a cul-de-sac which runs just off Queensdale Road.Queensdale Road Queensdale Road is a long road stretching from west to east, containing terraces of Victorian houses.Queensdale Walk Queensdale Walk is a small cul-de-sac with 2-storey cottages running south off Queensdale Road.Rifle Place Rifle Place is a road in the W11 postcode areaRillington Place Rillington Place is a small street with an infamous history.Rosehart Mews Rosehart Mews is a street in Notting Hill.Rosmead Road Rosmead Road, W11 was originally called Chichester Road.Royal Crescent Mews Royal Crescent Mews is a street in Notting Hill.Royal Crescent The Royal Crescent is a Grade II* listed street in Holland Park.Runcorn Place Runcorn Place is a street in Notting Hill.Ruston Mews Ruston Mews, W11 was originally Crayford Mews.Saint Anns Villas This is a street in the W11 postcode areaSaint Luke’s Road This is a street in the W11 postcode areaSaint Lukes Mews This is a street in the W11 postcode areaSaint Marks Place This is a street in the W11 postcode areaSaint Marks Road This is a street in the W11 postcode areaSilvester Mews Silvester Mews was a mews off of Basing Street, W11.Simon Close Simon Close is a street in Notting Hill.Sirdar Road Sirdar Road is a street in Notting Hill.St Andrews Square St Andrews Square is a street in Notting Dale, formed when the Rillington Place area was demolished.St Anns Villas St Ann’s Villas, leading into Royal Crescent, is a pleasant tree-lined if busy road.St James Gardens St James Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.St James’s Gardens St James’s Gardens is a road in the W11 postcode areaSt James’s Gardens St James’s Gardens is an attractive garden square with St James Church in the middle of the communal garden.St John’s Mews St John’s Mews is a redeveloped mews off of Ledbury Road.St Lukes Mews St Lukes Mews is a mews off of All Saints Road, W11.St Luke’s Mews St Luke’s Mews is a street in Notting Hill.St Luke’s Road St Luke’s Road is a street in Notting Hill.St Marks Road St Marks Road, W11 is the southern extention of the W10 street and in the Latimer Road area.St Mark’s Close St Mark’s Close is a street in Notting Hill.St Mark’s Place St Mark’s Place is situated on the site of the former Kensington Hippodrome.St. Anns Road St. Anns Road is a street in Notting Hill.St. Johns Gardens St John’s Gardens consists of most of the horseshoe-shaped road that runs round St John’s church, together with the road that runs down from the church to Clarendon Road. St. John’s Gardens St. John’s Gardens is a road in the W11 postcode areaSt. Mark’s Road St. Mark’s Road is a street in the Ladbroke conservation area.Stanley Crescent Stanley Crescent was named after Edward Stanley.Stanley Gardens Mews Stanley Gardens Mews existed between 1861 and the mid 1970s.Stanley Gardens Stanley Gardens was built in the 1850s. Station Walk Station Walk is a street in Notting Hill.Stoneleigh Place Stoneleigh Place, formerly called Abbey Road, was built across a brickfield in Notting Dale.Stoneleigh Street Stoneleigh Street is a street in Notting Hill.Swanscombe House Residential blockSwanscombe Road Swanscombe Road is a street in Notting Hill.Talbot Road The oldest part of Talbot Road lies in London, W11.Tavistock Crescent Tavistock Crescent was where the first Notting Hill Carnival procession began on 18 September 1966. Tavistock Mews Tavistock Mews, W11 lies off of the Portobello Road.Tavistock Road Tavistock Road is a street in Notting Hill.Testerton Walk Testerton Walk is a street in Notting Hill.Treadgold Street Treadgold Street is part of the Avondale Park Gardens Conservation Area.Verity Close Verity Close is a street in W11Vernon Yard Vernon Yard is a mews off of Portobello Road.Victoria Gardens Victoria Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.Walmer Road Walmer Road is the oldest street in the area, dating from the eighteenth century or before.Wellington Close Wellington Close is a street in Notting Hill.Wesley Square Wesley Square is a street in Notting Hill.West Cross Route The West Cross Route is a 1.21 km-long dual carriageway running north-south between the northern elevated roundabout junction with the western end of Westway (A40) and the southern Holland Park Roundabout.Westbourne Grove Mews Westbourne Grove Mews is a street in Notting Hill.Westbourne Grove Westbourne Grove is one of the main roads of Notting Hill.Westbourne Park Road Westbourne Park Road is a street in Notting Hill.Whitchurch Road Whitchurch Road is a street in Notting Hill.Wilby Mews Wilby Mews was named after Benjamin Wilby, who was involved in several 19th century development schemes.Wilsham Street Wilsham Street was formerly known as St Katherine’s Road.
Notting Hill is a cosmopolitan district known as the location for the annual Notting Hill Carnival, and for being home to the Portobello Road Market.
The word Notting
might originate from a Saxon called Cnotta
with the =ing
part indicating "the place inhibited by the people of" - i.e. where Cnotta’s tribe lived. There was a farm called variously "Knotting-Bernes,", "Knutting-Barnes" or "Nutting-barns" and this name was transferred to the hill above it.
The area remained rural until the westward expansion of London reached Bayswater in the early 19th century. The main landowner in Notting Hill was the Ladbroke family, and from the 1820s James Weller Ladbroke began to undertake the development of the Ladbroke Estate. Working with the architect and surveyor Thomas Allason, Ladbroke began to lay out streets and houses, with a view to turning the area into a fashionable suburb of the capital (although the development did not get seriously under way until the 1840s). Many of these streets bear the Ladbroke name, including Ladbroke Grove, the main north-south axis of the area, and Ladbroke Square, the largest private garden square in London.
The original idea was to call the district Kensington Park, and other roads (notably Kensington Park Road and Kensington Park Gardens) are reminders of this. The local telephone prefix 7727 (originally 727) is based on the old telephone exchange name of PARk.
The reputation of the district altered over the course of the 20th century. As middle class households ceased to employ servants, the large Notting Hill houses lost their market and were increasingly split into multiple occupation.
For much of the 20th century the large houses were subdivided into multi-occupancy rentals. Caribbean immigrants were drawn to the area in the 1950s, partly because of the cheap rents, but were exploited by slum landlords like Peter Rachman, and also became the target of white racist Teddy Boys in the 1958 Notting Hill race riots.
Notting Hill was slowly gentrified from the 1980s onwards now has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fashionable area; known for attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses, and high-end shopping and restaurants (particularly around Westbourne Grove and Clarendon Cross).
A Daily Telegraph article in 2004 used the phrase the ’Notting Hill Set’ to refer to a group of emerging Conservative politicians, such as David Cameron and George Osborne, who were once based in Notting Hill.
Since it was first developed in the 1830s, Notting Hill has had an association with artists and ’alternative’ culture.