Like Artesian Village there is an air of studied charm and calm about this neighbourhood, bounded on the east by Chepstow Road and the west by Portobello – and that is exactly the right word, neighbourhood. Its core is its retail and service-focused main street, Westbourne Grove itself, with increasingly smart apartments, often with private terraces amongst terraced family and mews houses, the latter retaining their distinctive cobbled thoroughfares.
People who live here will be happy to spend time here, too – the variety and quality of the fashion shopping available, from Anya Hindmarch to Smythson, Emma Hope, Matches, Jigsaw, Maje and LK Bennett; the excellence of the coffee and salad lunches from Daylesford Organic; the Ottolenghi deli; flowers from Wild at Heart; health and fitness at what until 2008 was Lambton Place Health Club but which now is the gleaming Body Works West.
This is a western outpost of the calibre of retail offering available elsewhere only in places like Mount Street, Mayfair or Sloane Square. Magazine Time Out's verdict "Seeking a key shopping road symbolic of western aspirations, we decided that preposterously fashionable Westbourne Grove, or 'Westbourne Village', has it all." It's Quality with a capital Q.
Westbourne Grove the road runs west to east as a spine road to this village, in parallel to and immediately north of Notting Hill Gate and is formed from the east side of Portobello and across to Ledbury Road.
The stock here varies from grand and possibly more formal looking white stucco town houses in Chepstow Villas and Dawson Place to reflect a more creative style around Westbourne Grove with gaily coloured terraces set amongst broad, tree-lined streets. There is a predominance of apartments here and a majority of young professionals enjoying the buzz of nearby Portobello and the village atmosphere generated by the terrific number of world-class retailers, restaurants and facilities that abound.
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