Things to do in Notting Hill, Greater London
It is famous for its Carnival on the August Bank Holiday weekend, and for the romantic film Notting Hill which starred Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. The Travel Bookshop, one of the main film locations, is still in business on Blenheim Crescent.
In the 8th century the area was a rural Saxon village. It later became a known hideout for highwaymen who would rob wealthy travellers on the road to London.
The Ladbroke Estate was laid out for housing on concentric circular roads which were originally part of the circular Hippodrome Racecourse which closed in 1841.
In the Victorian era Notting Hill was an industrial area and by the 1950s had declined into one of London’s most grim neighbourhoods. Cheap rents attracted Caribbean immigrants and racial tensions erupted into riots in 1958 and 1976.
Eventually the flourishing Portobello Road Market attracted redevelopment and wealth to the area and its fortunes are now fully reversed.
One of the main landmarks is the Coronet Theatre which opened in 1898. Edward VII attended in its heyday when stars such as Sandra Bernhardt performed on stage.
Present Day Notting HillVictorian townhouses now mostly converted into pricey flats.
Notting Hill is a very cosmopolitan area in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, with many immigrants making their home in the community.
It has developed into a well-heeled artists’ quarter with bookshops and art galleries as well as bijou cookery shops, boutiques and independent stores selling niche wares.
It is a good place for celebrity spotting with famous names such as Stella McCartney, Martine McCutcheon, Robbie Williams and Bjork reputedly having homes in the area.
Notting Hill is served by four tube stations: Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove, Latimer Road and Notting Hill Gate which give convenient access to the centre of London.
Things to Do in Notting Hill
If you are looking for eclectic entertainment. The Notting Hill Arts Club is the place to find art exhibitions, flamenco dance lessons and even electronica club nights.
Kensington Palace and Gardens are within walking distance of Notting Hill and Hyde Park with the Serpentine is a pleasant place for walking, boating and watching horseguards excercise their beautiful horses.