Notting Hill is an area in west London, close to the north-western corner of Kensington Gardens in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
It is known for attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses and high-end shopping and restaurants particularly around Westbourne Grove and Clarendon Cross.
The main landowner in Notting Hill was the Ladbroke family. Many streets bear the Ladbroke family name including Ladbroke Grove, which is the main north-south axis of the area and Ladbroke Square which is the largest garden square in London.
Notting Hill is certainly more than just a setting for a famous movie, it is home to a multi-cultured district best known for Europe’s biggest street festival, the annual Notting Hill Carnival, since 1965. It is also known for being home to the famous Portobello Road where privately run market stalls sit side by side with corporate high street brands independent boutiques and delicious delis. Friday or Saturday morning are definitely the best days to have a wonder with its market stalls providing the vibrant ambience and unique identity of the area.
There are a number of excellent cafes, restaurants and bars such as The First Floor restaurant and bar, the famous Hummingbird Bakery and The Electric.
Notting Hill has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fashionable area and has had an association with artists and “alternative” culture since its development in the 1820s
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