Notting Hill Serviced Apartments – Stay Like a Local Guide

Looking to enjoy your stay and time in Notting Hill in comfort? Our stay like a local quick guide is here to help.

One of London’s most desirable, vibrant, and Instagram-able areas - Notting Hill, a fun-filled trendy area with casual cafes, iconic pastel houses and antique markets and vintage fashion. Notting Hill is an affluent district of West London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This area owns its own vibe, home to Notting Hill Carnival (Europe’s biggest street festival) which takes place every August Bank Holiday and one of London’s best-known markets, Portobello Road Market.

Where to stay

If you are planning your visit to London in Notting Hill, then Urban Chic has serviced apartments located in a new development right on Portobello Road itself (easier to experience the Notting Hill vibes.) Urban Chic modern Notting Hill apartments are in the heart of the area, so everything is close to your doorstep.

Urban Chic’s Portobello apartments make a great accommodation for couples, families or friends. Expect to be welcomed by beautifully refurbished bright living space with floor and ceiling windows, boasting lots of natural light. Enjoy staying in modern spacious rooms, beautiful and quirky interior matching the personality of Notting Hill.  Situated in a fantastic location with Portobello Market around the corner and Ladbroke Grove tube station within walking distance, their apartments make a great stay in Notting Hill with easy transportation links.

Urban Chic newest additions are their One Bedroom Notting Hill serviced apartment, which comes with its own balcony. Double sized-bed, top quality bed lines, ideal for couples or if you are traveling alone. Luxury towels and toiletries waiting in the bathroom, that way guests have all the necessary amenities from the minute they walk in. Guests are able to enjoy an open plan living area with fully equipped kitchen, comfortable seating area and free Wi-Fi. The Two Bedroom offers a selection of large two bedrooms, a modern design living area with a balcony for families and friends to enjoy. If you are traveling as a group or have a larger family, they also offer a Luxury Three Bedroom based on Basing Street. Furnished to an extremely high standard, except to be welcomed by three large bedrooms, spacious open plan area with a completely equipped kitchen, dining/living area along with free Wi-Fi. Bedrooms come with luxury bed linens and towels as well as luxury toiletries, as well as hairdryers and washing/ironing facilities.



Where to eat

Accommodation - sorted. Now it’s time to know what the best places are nearby to get breakfast, a spot of lunch, and dine for dinner. For breakfast, the Electric Diner is a French-American restaurant, offering breakfast, brunch, lunch to dinner menus. This consists of shaved rib of beef sandwich, Diner hot dog, double cheeseburger, and honey-fried chicken with chili and sesame seeds. This place accommodates all meal menus and is an 11-minute walk away from the apartments. If you are a pizza lover like most of us, then a trip to Pizza East is something worth going to, which is only a 2-minute walk from the Urban Chic Notting Hill serviced apartments. Serving wooden oven pizzas, antipasti and daily specials in buzzing modern surroundings. One of the popular is the Portobello mushroom, fontina, oregano pizza. For something more of the fine-dining vibe, the Casa Cruz would make a great dining experience, which is only a 15-minute walking distance. An Argentinean restaurant offering a luxury and classy dining space, with a variety of selections in their menu to accommodate everyone’s taste buds. If you looking for some sweet treats, head over to Biscuiteers, a pretty little shop that sells beautifully decorated biscuits (popular within Notting Hill.) There are many more variety of affordable places to eat in Notting Hill – discover the choices.


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6 things to do for first-timers

During your Notting Hill apartments short stay, there is a wide selection of things to do and explore in the vibrant area of West London. If it’s your first time in the area and doesn’t want to do your research from scratch – we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of the 6 most popular things to do in Notting Hill:

  • Admire the Colourful Houses: One of the first things you should tick of your list to do in Notting Hill is admiring the rows of the photogenic colourful houses. From Lancaster Road to Westbourne Grove you will be revealed to pastel-heaven and the neighborhood’s bright hues set the community a cheerful mood. Notting Hill is home to some of the prettiest streets in London without doubt, and definitely an Instagram-able place so makes sure your cameras are charged up and ready. Check out this in-depth Instagram guide on all the cool colourful houses around Notting Hill


  • Portobello Market: One of the world’s largest antique market, Portobello Road, offering everything from vintage maps, fashion, and collectibles. There are over 1000 dealers selling their goods here which makes it a wonderful place to browse through the vintage stalls. This market makes Portobello Road one of London’s most beloved streets and popular destination for shoppers since the 1940s, which is something everybody hanging about in Notting Hill must visit during their Notting Hill apartments short stay


  • Notting Hill Bookshops: The neighborhood has more to offer than colour houses and markets. Notting Hill is filled with amazing bookshops in a two-block radius than many areas of London have in total. The most popular bookshop is The Notting Hill Bookshop, as this is where the movie Notting Hill was filmed. Another popular bookshop Lutyens and Rubinstein which was founded in 2009 by literary agents, a fantastic bookshop that features hundreds of fiction and non-fiction titles


  • Rough Trade: If you are a music fanatic and are on a hunt for new tunes, no better place than the Rough Trade record shop. Situated just off Portobello Road, the store provides champion independent record labels and emerging artists, as well as rare and limited edition vinyl offerings


  • Notting Hill Carnival: Home to one of Europe’s largest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival happens every summer in August bank holiday which brings together close to one million people attending the celebration of Caribbean heritage on the streets of Notting Hill. From Caribbean dancing, vibrant costumes, zouk music, tradition reggae and street vendors selling Caribbean traditional food. Except to see the grand finale of floats, bands and dancers parading around the streets of Notting Hill – Ladbroke Grove to Westbourne Park. Notting Hill Carnival is a place for everybody to come together and have a great time in the long summer days enjoying Caribbean culture with the community. Notting Hill Carnival 2020 have confirmed dates which will take place on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August 2020 (no entry fee)


  • Explore the Museum of Brands: Emerge yourself in a kaleidoscope of images and iconic brands at the Museum of Brands, located on Lancaster Road. Decade by decade, the museum charts advertising from Victorian times, through the swinging sixties. You can expect to enter a space of over 12,000 original items to discover, from motorcars, music and television to sweets and household goods. Be sure to travel through the Time Tunnel to check how the brands have evolved as well as how we evolved with them. The Museum presents temporary exhibitions, talks and workshops to create debate, ideas and examine the role of brands in history to the modern world.




Getting around and about

Notting Hill is a well-connected area to the rest of London via the tube as the area has three tube stations, making life easier when staying around Notting Hill serviced apartments. The most central tube station is Notting Hill Gate which is on the Circle, District, and Central lines. This makes it easier for people to jump on the tube and arrive at Oxford Circus for a day of shopping within 8 minutes or checking out the House of Parliament in Westminster under 12 minutes. There is also Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Grove tube stations on the Hammersmith and City line, so you can travel to Hammersmith Tube Station in 6 minutes or even stop off at Baker Street to visit Madame Tussauds in only 10 minutes.

If you are planning your Notting Hill apartment short stay visit on foot, there are many tourist attractions within easy walking distance of Notting Hill. You can walk to Queensway in Bayswater from Notting Hill Gate Tube Station within 8 minutes, and fantastic ice-rink and bowling arcade. Explore the beautiful Kensington Gardens which is only 10 minutes away and Kensington Palace only being 5 minutes. If you are planning to do some high street style shopping, alternatively you can visit Shepherds Bush Westfield with only a 20-minute walking distance average on foot – or of course, could alternatively get the underground.


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Some Tips

Notting Hill is a popular area among celebrities, so be sure to keep an eye out when out and about in the area as you never know you might bump into your favourite reality TV star or singer. Kate Moss and Sienna Miller have been spotted shopping around Portobello Road

If you want to avoid the busy public rush, the ideal time to shop around Notting Hill is on a Sunday

If you are planning to visit Notting Hill Carnival, it is ideal to book your Notting Hill serviced apartments well in advance as rooms get booked up fast

Make the most out of the area by heading to Primrose Hill during the sunrise or sunset to get some stunning views of the London skyline.