Notting Hill

Notting Hill is an area in West London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The area is most well-known for Portobello Market which runs every day except Sundays, and the Notting Hill carnival, held every year on the last weekend in August.

Notting Hill is an area that experianced serious gentrification. In the 18th century, Notting Hill was a hamlet, known for its gravel pits and roadside inns which attracted many highway men. During the industrial revoultion, landlords built these rather small terraced houses and rented them to the poor that were working in the nearby gravel pits, etc. By 1950, Notting Hill was known as a rough working class area with inner city deprivation. During the 1980's, Notting Hill experieanced gentrification. In the last 10 years, house prices have rocketed up, leading to some basic terraced housing selling for a whopping £1.5 million. This is due to the sheer demand of people wanting to live near Londons city centre so they do not have to commute for an hour and half to work everyday. Many residents believe this price increase has gone too far and is pushing many locals out of the market and only the more affluent people can afford to live this lifestyle in Notting Hill.
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The picture above shows an image of Notting Hill. As you can see by the first two cars being a mercedes and a porsche, the owners of the houses are not without money.
In 1958,when Notting Hill was in a state of decline, it was the scene of race riots after tensions arose between the newly arrived Afro-Caribbean community and the teddy boys of the fascist British Union. This tension erupted for a second time at the world famous Notting Hill Carnival of 1976. Reports released stated more than 100 police officers were treated for injuries, showing how serious and volatile these riots bacame.

Notting Hill now has become even more poular and well known due to the release of the film Notting HIll starring world famous actors such as Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts and Rhys Ifans. Since then many celebrities have moved in to the area including Robbie Williams which has too pushed the price of housing up.