Westbourne Grove is known for its eclectic mixture of culture and communities, plus its pretty Victorian townhouses, but what are the best restaurants, shops and schools and why is it a good area to buy property?
A bustling, trendy central area of Notting Hill, Westbourne Grove runs from Kensington Park Road in the west to Queensway in the east, and is just two minutes away from the famous Portobello Road. The main road is home to a mix of independent and designer boutiques, luxury flagship stores and some of the finest eateries in all of London. The bohemium and creative make-up of the area makes it a wonderfully relaxed place to live.
Westbourne Grove is a shopper’s paradise. Fashion lovers have a wealth of high-end shops to frequent and stand-out names include Heidi Klein, Maxmara, Fiorentini + Baker, and Twenty8Twelve, formerly owned by Sienna Miler and her sister Savannah. The area is well served for interior and homeware outlets like Graham & Green, Brissi and Gautier, whether you’re after shabby chic or cutting-edge design products for your home. Practical needs can be taken care of by Lords, a reliable hardware store and Daylesford for fresh produce, and a prevalent art scene is home to London West Bank Gallery, which houses an array of works by Banksy.
There are a good range of options children from exclusive Montessori nurseries up to secondary schools and sixth form colleges. The best of the local private schools include Notting Hill Preparatory School, Pembridge Hall and Chepstow House.
It seems hardly another week goes by before a new deli opening in the area attracts the attention of food bloggers and critics. Well-loved local institutions that are famed for their excellent produce, organic foods, cheeses and coffee include Daylesford Organic Café, 202 Café, New Tom’s and Planet Organic. Big names have been attracted to the area in recent years. Aussie chef Bill Granger opened his globally-inspired restaurant Granger & Co. to huge acclaim in 2011 while the delicious food of Israeli-born Yotom Ottolengh can be found on Ledbury Road. Tapas fans flock to El Pirata and fine dining can be sampled at Marianne’s, the first restaurant from the talented former Masterchef runner-up Marianne Lumb.
It’s no wonder a stroll around Westbourne Grove means you’re likely to bump into a famous face or two, Stella McCartney, Sienna Miller, Jade Jagger, amongst them. The area also has a thriving art and culture scene that makes it a very attractive prospect, as Anthony M Sharp of Anthony Sharp says. ‘Westbourne Grove is home to some of the most exciting and dynamic boutiques and eateries in London. It is also handy for Portobello Road, The Tabernacle and The Coronet and is also on the edge of the increasingly trendy Queensway, where fashionable new venues are opening all the time.’
For further information about properties in Westbourne Grove, contact Anthony Sharp on 020 7243 8398 or anthony-sharp.com