Area guide: Hillgate Village

Living in Hillgate brings you village charm, atmosphere, terrific communication links and access to a great many of the attractions that make London a great city. With its one-ways and narrow streets, Hillgate has a surprising tranquillity (given its central location and access) with all the benefits of the nearby high street, great access via the tube and the playground and beauty spot that is Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and its gardens on the doorstep.

Hillgate Village houses
Hillgater Street

Highlights

Within walking distance of the Windsor Castle pub (and two other good locals, Churchill Arms and our local the Hillgate), Kensington Place, the Shed (the recent arrival, offering delicious organic food) – the restaurants, the butcher, the baker, the candle stick maker (in this case, the shop that sells everything Tylers Hardware), Clarke's new deli in Campden Street, a great curry house (Malabar on Uxbridge Street), the Farmers' Market every Saturday; Hillgate is convenient.

Sally Clarke deli in Campden Street
Kensington Place

Hawkesdown House a hop, skip and jump away; Wetherby just across the road in Pembridge Village, still close enough to walk. And if you're driving, just remember to fold your wing mirrors in when you park, Hillgate's streets are that narrow.

Hawkesdown House School
Fox Primary School
The Windsor Castle pub

Location

Immediately behind Notting Hill Gate (named after the toll gate that operated at Pembridge Road from 1769 to 1864) close to Notting Hill Gate Tube, protected from the bustle, this is London village life that can be missed if you don't look carefully.

Local Property

The residents here include long standing residents, returning empty nesters and, young professionals with families, all who want a freehold and perhaps just a little outside space. But above all, they're looking for convenience.

Architectural appeal exudes from these charming former workmen's houses; tight, efficient layouts, tiny gardens but a strong sense of community, of pulling together while being individual too. Look out for the ultimate expression of individuality in the choice of the most vivid paint colours for the front facades.

Vividly coloured facades
Hilldale Place

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