You can also get the District and Circle line from this station but those lines run above the central line at sub-surface level.
The road the station is on is called Notting Hill Gate named from the toll gate that operated here between 1769 and 1864. The road was redeveloped in the 1950s with two large tower blocks built on either side of the road.
However, behind the main road, just a couple of hundred metres from the station are these delightful 18th cent cottages.
Back on Notting Hill Gate is the Notting Hill Coronet. Previously a theatre, it was converted into a cinema in 1923. Twice it has been saved from demolition and finally its future has been secured as an independent cinema. This is not the only cinema, as nearby is The Gate which opened in 1911.
I crossed back over Notting Hill Gate. This is the view to my right looking towards Notting Hill.
I followed Ladbroke Grove which brought me out at Ladbroke Square. In the centre of the square is the largest private communal garden in London. There are numerous communal squares in this area but all are private. So basically you need to live here to be able to use them. No sitting and having a picnic there for me.
It was in 1821 that James Ladbroke and his architect began plans to build an estate in this area. However Notting Hill was too far from London for a large housing estate to be viable. Instead this site at the top of Notting Hill, where St John's Church is situated, became a viewpoint for spectators watching the horses race at Hippodrome race course. There was much local opposition to the racecourse and it closed in 1841 by which time pressure for more housing returned and the estate was built. The hippodrome's shape can still be seen in the circular roads around the hill.
As well as the brick makers a large number of pig keepers moved into the area who had been forced to move away from Marble Arch and Tottenham Court Road as London expanded. With fresh water and sanitation scarce the area soon became a slum. The pig keepers tended to live in hovels alongside their pigs.
Nowadays the houses in Pottery Lane sell for seven figure sums.
Mention Notting Hill now and people are more likely to think of the romantic comedy of the same name starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts rather than a slum area of the 19th cent.
Not far from Pottery Lane is Rosmead Garden. It is these private, communal gardens that the two main characters in the film, climb into for a romantic evening.
As well as the antique dealers and food stalls it has its artisan bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants. But the most surprising feature for me was the colourful houses. Similar houses around Queensway and Lancaster Gate are all painted white, but here they range from delicate pastel shades to vibrant primary colours.
Lots of colourful characters to be seen as well.
Walking back to the tube station along Colville Road I came across Turquoise Island, a traffic island, surrounded by three roads with their colourful shops.
The original council plans for this traffic island did not impress local resident, John Scott so he commissioned modernist architect Piers Gough to design a structure that would incorporate public toilets, a kiosk style shop, a clock and somewhere for people to sit. Built in 1993 it is half toilet and half florist, clad in bright turquoise tiles with a beautiful fan like canopy.