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What with the annual carnival, Portobello Market and even a Hugh Grant rom-com to call its own, Notting Hill is a prestigious and hugely popular area. This must mean you can’t afford to live there. Or does it?

Why Notting Hill?

Notting Hill is west London’s star player in the battle against the east’s cool, bohemian scene. With quaint boutique shops and cafés lining the streets, the brightly painted houses and bustling Saturday market add real character and a sense of community to the area. With garden squares, bars and restaurants, Notting Hill is self-contained but also conveniently close to the city centre.  

 

Do it on the cheap

The downside to Notting Hill is it’s bloody expensive. “Notting Hill is definitely not an area where most people can afford,” admits Samuel Harrison, manager of Hamptons International Notting Hill. “Your average one- or two-bedroom rental in the area is circa £500 per week.”

To enjoy the benefits of Notting Hill but without the high rental prices, you can try nearby areas including North Kensington, Bayswater, Lancaster Gate and Paddington. “Anywhere north of the Westway tends to be cheaper whilst still being within walking distance of Notting Hill and Portobello Road, as well as being close to transport links,” says Serena Roberts from Douglas & Gordon’s Notting Hill lettings department.

Alternatively, The Collective, a company that converts buildings into reasonably priced rented accommodation, has a six-storey Victorian townhouse in Notting Hill comprising 18 studios. Well decked out and retaining the property’s original features, the studios are well-priced for the area, at £230-£395 per week. “These properties are a big hit with those looking to enjoy the best of both worlds: a central London lifestyle and a stylish crash pad that doesn’t break the bank,” says The Collective’s founder and director, Reza Merchant. 


The connections

Within the wider Notting Hill area you have four Tube stations: Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park, Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Grove. These cover the Central, District, Circle and Hammersmith and City lines. There are plenty of buses too, including five 24-hour routes and three extra night buses. 


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