Super Slippery Nuru Massage in Notting Hill
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Notting Hill is the bohemian, trendy side of London with its laid back bookshops, independent cafes and quirky coloured houses.
It’s a real step change from the bustle of chain stores and hassle of central London.
Famous for its yearly August carnival Notting Hill is a perfect place to spend a night or a few days relaxing in the capital.
The History of Notting Hill
Notting Hill is an old area, but it’s only recently become an affluent cosmopolitan area.
The area of Notting Hill first appeared in the patent rolls of 1356 as Knottynghull and over the years was used to build and grow materials for London consumption.
Pottery Lane was the area for making tile and clay bricks and pig farmers used an area that become known as ‘the ocean’ because of the vast slurry pits.
It remained a rural area until the 1820s and then became associated with artists and creatives.
During the war years, when middle class households lost their servants, the large houses were turned into flats that attracted Caribbean immigrants in the 1950s.
This in turn led to race riots and the creation of Notting Hill Carnival that celebrates West Indian culture.
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Notting Hill Landmarks
Notting Hill is best known for the coloured houses on Lancaster Road and Chepstow Villas which arguably have the prettiest streets in London.
If you’re a fan of the Notting Hill film starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts you can track down the bookstore they met in on the Portobello Road.
Shopping and Eating in Notting Hill
Notting Hill’s character is best experienced simply by walking around the roads because it’s full of eclectic shops bringing culture from around the world.
The famous Portobello Road Market offers every product under the sun from vintage maps to furniture, clothes, food and bric-a-brac, it’s rumoured to be the best in London.
On the main street are permanent book stores, clothing and flower shops.
Ladbroke Grove is the best place to sit and grab a bite but street food is best sampled on Portobello Road. Falafels are a particular favourite of the locals.
If you prefer fine dining try the Ledbury, a two Michelin starred restaurant offering modern European food that comes highly recommended.
Nightlife in Notting Hill
Those who want a quiet pint can find peace in The Walmer Castle, the Oak or the Cow, but hipster bars are extremely popular and include Trailer Happiness and the Portobello Star.
The Notting Hill Arts Club is the place to dance to afrobeats, dubstep and everything in between.
In fact Notting Hill is home to many trendy nightlife spots such as The Globe visited by Bob Marley and The Rolling Stones, and The Rum Kitchen is frequented by Prince.
Notting Hill Transport Links
Transport Links in Notting Hill are efficient and frequent except during carnival time when you’re better off walking.
At other times the Notting Hill Gate tube station is just off the Portobello Road on the Central, Circle and District lines. Other tubes include Westbourne Park, Royal Oak and Ladbroke Grove on the Hammersmith and City line, plus you’re only a 15-20 minute walk from Paddington station.
Buses frequently run through Notting Hill connecting the area with Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Kensington and beyond.
Parking isn’t great here, but if you are quick you’ll find a spot in London Arthur Court, Whiteleys or London Colonnades.
There’s also a Sainsbury’s supermarket that offers customer parking for a few hours just up the Ladbroke Grove.