England - Notting Hill

    

Notting Hill, situated in West London, is a well-to-do, trendy spot that appeals to the senses of any self-respecting shopaholic. This modern neighbourhood boasts gorgeous Victoria-styled homes and a fabulous array of shops, markets and eateries.

Notting Hill developed as a neighbourhood in the 1820’s and, since that time (albeit on and off), has enjoyed a culture of artists, musicians and creators of all things contemporary. This culture continues into this day, hence the prolific abundance of shops and market, which showcase these creations to locals and tourists from all over the world.

Before the 1800’s, part of the area now known as Notting Hill was used for the production of building bricks. The clay was sourced from the immediate region. It was then shaped and baked in kilns, one of which remains on Walmer Road to this day. Close by were also a number of pig farms. One area that was once devoted to piggeries is now known as Avondale Park. The entire district was very rural until London began to expand in the early part of the 19th Century. Notting Hill began its formal development under the ownership of the Ladbroke family, who created streets, road networks and housing plans.

Image of the shops in the famous Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill, West London
Shops in the famous Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill, West London

When the area was given over to the City solicitors in the 1820’s, today’s Notting Hill became recognised for its gorgeous communal gardens that were enclosed by horse-shoe arrangements of houses. These groups of houses had the private use of such gardens. Today, many of the more wealthy occupants of Notting Hill still enjoy this feature. However, although enjoyed by today’s upper class, Notting Hill was not always appreciated for its beauty and culture. In fact, it was inhabited by the poorest of the English population during the early- to mid-1900’s. The houses lost their market value and many were destroyed or damaged during the World Wars. Homes lodged numerous families, despite a severe shortage of space. Many of the residents were foreigners. In response, specific legislation was implemented in the 1960’s, which began the crucial revival of this culturally rich area by enforcing various housing laws. The rejuvenation was gradual, but steady.

Notting Hill comprises several main areas:

• Ladbroke Grove
• Notting Hill Gate
• Portobello Road (home to one of the most famous markets in England)
• Westbourne Grove
• North Kensington


Any visitors in Notting Hill are urged to see some of its most popular and well-known attractions, which include:

• The Colville Square Gardens
• The Emmanuel Parish Church
• The Gate Theatre
• George Orwell’s House
• Jawaharlal Nehru’s House
• Kensington Temple
• Museum of Brands
• The Old Mercury Theatre
• Portobello Green and Portobello Road
• Queen's Park Library
• St. John’s Church and St. John’s Gardens
• The Electric Cinema

For more information, please view: http://www.nottinghill.com/