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Page 4. " the Feddens' big white Notting Hill house "
Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, viewed from the communal gardens
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeBlenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, viewed from the communal gardens - Credit: David Hawgood

 Notting Hill is situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in central London. Today it is an affluent and fashionable area, but prior to the 1980s, it was fairly run-down. Some of its best known districts are Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill Gate, and Westbrook Grove.

The area has some very attractive Victorian townhouses, many of which have access to substantial communal gardens. Notting Hill is also within easy reach of three major public parks: Holland Park, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

During the 1950s, low rents made Notting Hill attractive to Caribbean immigrants, leading to the establishment of the Notting Hill Carnival, held annually in August. The area was the setting for the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.