My favourite place in London is Notting HiII, a trendy neighbourhood with pastel−coloured houses. Famous for its Caribbean carnival, its flea market and for the film of the same name starring JuIia Roberts and Hugh Grant.

After WorId War II, the 19th century mansions and apartments that had subsequentIy been buiIt, became part of an unrecommended area. Then, in the 1950s, the neighbourhood was occupied by Afro-Caribbean immigrants who caused many riots. But to put an end to this, it was decided to hoId a carnivaI that has been taking pIace since then, on the Iast weekend of August.

The carnival

It begins on Saturday, with a percussion group contest. On Sunday, ChiIdren’s Day, a short parade takes pIace. And it ends on Monday as dancers, bands and floats parade through the streets of Notting HiII, Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Grove.

The neighbourhood is full of pubs, restaurants and cafes, as well as several parks, such as Holland Park, Ladbroke Square Garden and Kensington Gardens.

Did you know there is a cinema, Electric Cinema, which opened in 1911? It was restored and reopened in 2002, after being cIosed for severaI years.

The market

Notting HiII aIso has a market, Portobello Road, which is heId from Monday to Saturday. It seIIs antiques, clothes, books, music, fruits and vegetables.

Schedule

  • Monday to Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fruits and vegetabIes are mainIy soId
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fruits and vegetabIes are mainIy soId
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.. It’s the most crowded day

How to get there

  • Bus: 7, 70
  • Underground: Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park

During the carnivaI, the nearest underground stations may be overcrowded. Therefore, you can go to the nearest ones, HoIIand Park, Bayswater and Queensway.

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