There are plenty of schooling establishments in Notting Hill – state and private – from primary schools to sixth-form colleges. Many are considered by Ofsted to be “outstanding”, and others “good”. Residents have a choice between boys-only school, girls-only schools and those that are co-ed.
Notting Hill is also home to several bilingual schools, including the Spanish-speaking Instituto Espanol Vicente Canada Blanch, the Italian-speaking La Scuola Italiana a Londra, and the French-speaking La Petite Ecole Francaise.7
There is plenty to see and do in Notting Hill – here are a few of the best attractions:
Notting Hill Carnival
The famous carnival is the second biggest in the world, beaten only by Mardi Gras in Rio. It is also the biggest street festival in Europe, and brings a lively, colourful and spectacular atmosphere to the streets of London. It takes place over Bank Holiday weekend in August, so plan your trip accordingly.
Notting Hill Carnival includes a fantastic parade right through the centre, filled with amazing costumes and Caribbean-themed music. There are plenty of stalls, bars and other attractions. It’s well worth checking out for people who live here, and visitors just passing by.9
Notting Hill Film Tour
Film buffs who are fans of the Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts starring movie may want to visit the location in which it was set. There is a Notting Hill Film Tour available, which will show you all the famous places that appeared in the picture.10
This is one of the best markets in London, with a wide range of fun stalls selling all sorts of items. The best days to visit are Friday and Saturday, when there are plenty of antiques for sale. In the week, you can find a range of delicious fruit and veg, while there are some great clothing stalls too.9
Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Marketing
London is filled with all sorts of unique museums, and one of the most interesting can be found in Notting Hill – the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Marketing. This is a nostalgia-fuelled visit, with thousands of original items from year’s gone by.11
Visit an Art Gallery
There are plenty of independent art galleries based in Notting Hill, as it does attract particularly artsy people. You can visit the Salon Contemporary, the Graffik and the Temple Gallery – all of which have a wide variety of fascinating pieces.9
Notting Hill isn’t a very big place but is especially beautiful, so many people choose to walk to their destinations. To get there, you can head to one of five Tube stations – Notting Hill Gate, Queensway, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park and Bayswater.8