19 Facts About Notting Hill


Notting Hill is a district of West London, England, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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Notting Hill is known for being a cosmopolitan and multicultural neighbourhood, hosting the annual Notting Hill Carnival and Portobello Road Market.

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Notting Hill immersed himself in the city's literary and cultural life, studying art, visiting the National Gallery, attending the theatre and writing prose and poetry.

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Notting Hill's first published story, "How I Built Myself a House", appeared in Chamber's Journal in 1865.

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Dire housing conditions in Notting Hill led Bruce Kenrick to found the Notting Hill Housing Trust in 1963, helping to drive through new housing legislation in the 1960s and found the national housing organisation Shelter in 1966.

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Several parts of Notting Hill are characterised by handsome stucco-fronted pillar-porched houses, often with private gardens, notably around Pembridge Place and Dawson Place and streets radiating from the southern part of Ladbroke Grove, many of which lead onto substantial communal gardens.

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Notting Hill has a high concentration of restaurants, including the two Michelin-rated The Ledbury and Core by Clare Smyth.

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Hill from which Notting Hill takes its name is still clearly visible, with its summit in the middle of Ladbroke Grove, at the junction with Kensington Park Gardens.

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Notting Hill has no official boundaries, so definitions of which areas fall under Notting Hill vary.

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Notting Hill covers part of the W2 postcode to the east, which is located in between Westbourne Park and Royal Oak, in an area known as Westbourne Green and the NW10 postcode which covers parts of the Kensal area in the northern section of Notting Hill.

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The Westbourne part of Notting Hill is governed by the City of Westminster Council and the Kensal area part London Borough of Brent and part Kensington and Chelsea.

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Notting Hill is part of the parliamentary constituency of Kensington, represented by Conservative Felicity Buchan since the 2019 general election.

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Ladbroke Grove is a road running down the west side of Notting Hill, stretching up to Kensal Green, straddling the W10 and W11 postal districts, and the name of the immediate area surrounding the road.

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Notting Hill Carnival passes along the central part of Westbourne Grove.

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Notting Hill Carnival passes through Westbourne Green up Chepstow Road and turns right onto Westbourne Grove.

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The area's newer, wealthy residents are satirised in Rachel Johnson's novel Notting Hill Hell set in grand houses surrounding a fictional communal garden.

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Sam Selvon's 1956 novel The Lonely Londoners set in Notting Hill portrays the lives of Caribbean immigrants making their way in post-World War II London.

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Notting Hill serves as the locale for the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.

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Notting Hill is often referred to as 'the most Instagrammable district in London' due to the abundance of photogenic restaurants and pastel-coloured houses.

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