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Notting Hill is an area in West London, England, and close to the north-western corner of Hyde Park.

Alternative culture

It has an thriving "alternative" culture, exemplified by the numerous second-hand music stores around Notting Hill Gate. There are also areas of social deprivation to the north, sometimes referred to as "North Kensington", or the "Ladbroke Grove" area, from the name of the same street. Notting Hill is a cosmopolitan district particularly known as the location for the annual Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place in August. This is a large street festival and celebration of Caribbean culture, centred on parades of elaborately costumed dancers and colourfully decorated floats. The carnival was originally established in the 1960s as a positive response to tensions between the recently arrived immigrant community and the majority community, which culminated in the Notting Hill race riots.

Rodeo Drive

Notting Hill has a reputation as an affluent and fashionable area; known for attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses, and high-class shopping and restaurants. Westbourne Grove has been nicknamed "Rodeo Drive" by local residents -- who are typified as young and affluent. Many people who conform to such stereotypes are often referred to as "The Notting Hill Set", "The Notting Hillbillies", and "Trustafarians" (White rastafaris, but with a trust fund left by their parents or family).


Norman Jay Teamed with his brother Joey, the pair has been a seminal part of the Notting Hill carnival every year -- as their Good Times Sound System pumps out a mix ...

Rockers The most notable of which was the infamous Notting Hill Riot of 1958 where police broke up youths attacking West Indian immigrants who had recently ...

UK Underground It focussed around the Ladbroke Grove/Notting Hill area of London.

Dave Lee ... Bar Rumba, The Clinic and the Notting Hill Arts Club as well as across the country and internationally. He is often found working with other labels, ...

Stewart Home His mother, Julia Callan-Thompson, was a model and hostess who was associated with the radical arts scene in Notting Hill Gate. She knew such people as the ...

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