The History of Notting Hill in London

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Notting Hill History

Historic Notting Hill

Notting Hill Gate in 1920s
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Notting Hill, the bulk of which was turned into a conservation area in 1969, is in actual fact north of an elongated area that is part and parcel of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.  It encompasses a land mass that represents the upper part of Kensington that approximately runs from St Charles Hospital at the tip to the three London Underground stations that run in a line from West to East, notably Latimer Road, Ladbroke Grove (both on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) and Westbourne Park tube stations, running down further south again to the two other London Underground tube stops of Holland Park to the West and Notting Hill Gate (on the Central, Circle and District lines) to the East outlining the bottom boundary.

Modern Day Notting Hill

It is an area (the bulk of which was turned into a conservation area in 1969) that is commonly associated with Ladbroke Grove and the Portobello Road which plays host to the Notting Hill Carnival Festival every year in August during the Bank Holiday weekend, as well as hosting the various markets throughout the week, selling fruit and vegetables, new goods, second hand objects, or fashion, both new and vintage.  

Furthermore, the Portobello Road Market is world renowned for its largest Antiques Fair in the world on a Saturday, where more than a thousand antique dealers show up to set up their stalls, selling their wares to hordes of cosmopolitan visitors, the Londoners and tourists who turn up in their droves. The markets on Portobello Road sell everything from food to second hand or new clothing.  

The existing trendy lifestyle to be had in Notting Hill is best exemplified by a glorious selection of restaurants (including one of the top London restaurants awarded two Michelin stars called the ‘Ledbury’).  There are also the equally interesting shops that dot the high streets, adding to the existing atmosphere of creative flair and good living.  Westbourne Grove tends to be regarded as the road where the row of more predictable brand retailers at the high end of the market, are situated.