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Highlights

  • Notting Hill's extraordinarily colourful past.
  • See the off-the-beaten-track treasures.
  • Bohemian quarter in the the early 50s.
  • See the history of hippy counterculture for the 60s and 70s.
  • The end of the 70s saw the punk movement.
  • Enjoy charming local street markets.
  • Famous for the romantic comedy Notting Hill.

What to Expect

Learn about the fascinating home of the incredibly colourful and world-famous Notting Hill Carnival!

Beneath the gentrification of North Kensington and the image portrayed in the films of Hugh Grant lies a much more interesting story; the area's vibrant real past beats any kind of fiction.

From the early 50s this was London's bohemian quarter, West Indian & Irish immigrants and the indigenous working class of Notting Dale mixed with artists, musicians and writers, all attracted by cheap rents and the freedoms that a neglected area provided. Slummers would use the local clubs and shebeens for vicarious thrills. In 1958 there were race riots and Oswald Moseley attempted a political comeback. All this led to the founding of the famous Notting Hill carnival.

In the 60s and 70s the Portobello Road became London's answer to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury as the hippy counterculture moved in. The end of the 70s saw the punk movement gain a foothold in the area.

More recent times have seen the area gentrified and now few people can afford to live there but the area still holds onto its roots with a busy street market, and the carnival lives on. Notting Hill still attracts countless visitors all year round.

Race riots, rent racketeers, slums, Iconic tower blocks, Hawkwind, Bob Marley, The Beatles' film locations, The Front Line, hippies, governments brought to their knees, The Clash and of course the Westway that slashes through the manor.

Explore this beautiful area of London and discover its amazing wealth of history.

These tours have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for over 100 five-star reviews on on TripAdvisor.


What is included

  • 2-hour walking tour of Notting Hill.
  • Accredited local London tour guide.

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Camera for countless photo and selfie opportunities!

About your Localist

Aidan

I'm a born and bred accredited London Tour Guide.
Let me take you off the beaten track where the other tours don't go.


Language

  • English


$ 14 p.p.
 
 
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