Is Notting Hill worthy of the hype? Definitely maybe. It’s not quite the place to be it once was, ie. brimming with bohemian cool, working-class street cred and hip musicians left over from its 60s, 70s and indeed 90s heyday. Not in comparison that is to the rise of über-hip Shoreditch, Dalston and basically all of East London where the bohemian cool, working-class street cred and hip musicians have migrated to – but Notting Hill still retains a definitive cool, the home of Carnival, Portobello Road antiques market and countless good restaurants, pubs and shops. There’s plenty to take in, going for a stroll through the leafy avenues south of Notting Hill Gate and admiring the beautiful houses, hitting Pembridge Road to the north and the boutique-filled streets of Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road , or just wandering up and down Portobello Road with all the vitality that entails – and yes all the landmarks from THAT movie. The best bits… perhaps Portobello Green Market every weekend under the Westway where you’ll find some of London’s best vintage fashion stalls; the imposing Trellick Tower, architect Ernö Goldfinger’s like-it-or-loathe-it piece of modernism at the north-eastern end of Golborne Road; and the various types of street food on offer from Portobello’s many stalls.
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