Overview of W11 2BD, Colville Square, Notting HillW11 2BD is located in London, in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London. It is rated 4.09 from 54 reviews, and is one of the average rated places to live in this area. 15 reviewers rated W11 2BD 5 stars. Observations from these residents include ‘I love the ease of access to transport and how I have delicious restaurants on the foot of my door.’. Unfortunately, others were less favourable, with one reviewer remarking ‘The are loads of cafe restaurant pubs local cafes local bakeries organic stores’.
“I love the ease of access to transport and how I have delicious restaurants on the foot of my door.”
“The are loads of cafe restaurant pubs local cafes local bakeries organic stores”
it feels as though residents are overlooked in favour of the tourists because of the amount of money they bring into the area.
I like the local amenities - it is near the market and supermarket, it is easy to travel to work and to the West End for an evening out. The transport links are fairly good, particularly in off-peak times, and I do like the diversity of the area and its history of music and arts. It is quirky and eclectic, and for the 30+ years I have been here, I can't imagine living anywhere else. However, it is marketed by Kensington and Chelsea council as upmarket and the prices of the properties and housing reflect this, but in reality it feels as though residents are overlooked in favour of the tourists because of the amount of money they bring into the area. There is little residents on low to mid-incomes can afford, because once the bills, rent and council tax is paid, there is not much left. The area is reasonably safe for children and pets, but perhaps some times of the week such as evenings during a Saturday and Sunday, things may not be child-appropriate due to antisocial behaviour especially during the summer. There are many smaller parks and areas to walk dogs etc, so I would say it is pet-friendly, but many dog owners are irresponsible with dog mess which is a problem in the area. Crime is fairly low in some of the areas, but quite high around the council estates and some council housing blocks.
The area is served by three main tube stations - Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park and Notting Hill Gate. All within at least a 1 mile radius. The buses are also fairly regular (7, 23, 70), but since the 23 was re-routed from Liverpool Street to Hammersmith, the bus is quite often empty because the Hammersmith and City and Circle lines to Hammersmith is a much quicker journey. The buses and trains are fairly fast during off-peak hours, but can be slow and interrupted during peak times. The night tubes and buses are also fairly fast, regular and smooth because they are during off-peak hours. I cannot comment on the cycle routes, but I have seen many routes which appear to be safe and away from traffic, especially in areas off the beaten track rather than the main roads.
There is a mix of council, housing association and privately owned properties. Although it is an expensive area and is considered "posh" by outsiders due to the number of VIP people who live in W11, there is a significant number of people on low and middle incomes, and needing financial assistance. There is a deep divide between rich and poor. To see this divide, start walking from the end of Lancaster Road known for the multi-coloured Victorian houses, and keep walking in a straight line - you will reach the area where Grenfell Tower burnt down in 2017. You would not believe it is the same road. Same if you walk down one end of Portland Road to the other. There is a mix of families, single people, elderly people, students, new migrants and refugees, and descendants of the original Caribbean immigrants from the 1950s and 1960s. All live reasonably well together, but in some areas there is also a great deal of social problems, crime, drugs, fraud and anti-social behaviour which is not always evident to outsiders.
Generally good range of amenities, particularly the pubs and fruit and vegetable stalls in Portobello Road and street food in Acklam Road. I love the bric a brac stalls in Golborne Road too. I feel the amenities missing are a good bicycle shop since the Bicycle Workshop on All Saints Road closed down in 2017, a newsagent on All Saints Road, and more affordable restaurants and pubs for locals and those on a lower budget. For example, the Chipping Forecast on All Saints Road sells fish and chips at approximately £19 per portion, which is well outside of many people's price bracket. The only affordable pub in the area for locals is the Earl of Lonsdale in Portobello Road, which sells a pint of beer on average £3.50-4, or Jay Dee's Caribbean restaurant on All Saints Road, which sells lunch for £5. There are many places for tourists to enjoy, but very little that locals and those on a budget can enjoy in an already expensive area.
I love the ease of access to transport and how I have delicious restaurants on the foot of my door.
I love the ease of access to transport and how I have delicious restaurants on the foot of my door. I dislike the constant beray traffic. the atmosphere is friendly and trendy, I suppose the overarching theme would be upmarket however this isn't overbearing. I believe the area to be very safe, I would feel happy to bring children and pets here, no concerns.
Transport links are generally quite good, it helps to be so close to Paddington railway station also. There are a good number of cyclists on the road also. Roads are wide and generally feel safe when cycling. Buses are fairly reliable and there are a few local tube stations all within walking distance.
Street parking is available through the local council at a price. this is not ideal but i suppose it is to be suspected. Traffic can get very busy on the main roads. Especially at peak times and the weekend, but alas this is London. Bin collection is fairly consistent however it is often a mess by the time it is collected. There are often groups of young men hanging around streets.
Truly a fantastic location to live. Architecture is astounding, houses and buildings are absolutely beautiful. The is the ease of access to local amenities, a wide array of shops, both food, and retail. An absolutely mouth-watering selection of eateries and restaurants.
The are loads of cafe restaurant pubs local cafes local bakeries organic stores
Vibes and dynamic atmosphere dislike will be some anti social behaviour and also sometimes in carnival time. It’s almost safe area
Rush hours issues always there. School open and close time loads of local people and specially summer time and holiday at high season the tourists come to portobello market as one of the London tourism spot and sightseeing place. Regarding the public transport it’s accessible by tube bus taxis also lots of Santander cycle docks.
Traffics always there. Comes with noise of cars tourist school opening and closing time also anti social behaviour just now that’s there is no Nottinghill carnival some horrible people hold their party at home or street with noise and disturbance. Policing is good enough bin collection is OK. There is an Estate in my street as most of them seems tenants Also we have some owner as well
The are loads of cafe restaurant pubs local cafes local bakeries organic stores alongside chain stores like Tesco Sainsbury’s and chain cafe like Gail , Costa as we located near portobello market obviously street food and local craft stores with temporary fruits stands and temporary craft stalls. There are famous for vintage and also antique shops and silver plated and silver coated obviously
I love the big shopping market
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Amazing Golborne road
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Best area to live!lots of different restaurants to go to.
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The atmosphere is very positive and exciting, very trendy, and popular
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Good things are living in such a famous London landmark and having Hyde oark on your doorstep.
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there are a lot of shops around towards the centre. unfortunately there are a lot of empty shops aswel
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The area is very popular but some areas could benefit from a little regeneration or simply more cleanliness
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