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Notting Hill, London
Kensington Park Gardens, Notting Hill
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeKensington Park Gardens, Notting Hill - Credit: David Hawgood

The Line of Beauty is largely set in the Fedden family home, situated in Kensington Park Gardens in the Notting Hill area of West London.

Notting Hill Carnival participant, 2012
Creative Commons AttributionNotting Hill Carnival participant, 2012 - Credit: Kalexander 2010

 Notting Hill is part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Until the 1980s, it was a fairly run-down district, but over subsequent decades it has become increasingly affluent and fashionable. During the 1950s, the area became home to many Afro-Caribbean immigrants, leading to the establishment of the Notting Hill Carnival, a colourful and sometimes controversial event which takes place at the end of August.

Running almost the length of Notting Hill is the Portobello Road. This is the site of one of London's best-known street markets which sells antiques, bric-a-brac, fruit and vegetables, and clothes.

Notting Hill has been the setting for various films including Performance (1970) starring Mick Jagger, and Notting Hill (1999) starring Hugh Grant. Novels set in Notting Hill include G.K. Chesterton's The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904) and Rachel Johnson's Notting Hell (2006). Johnson's novel, like The Line of Beauty, features communal gardens, which are  characteristic of Notting Hill. The largest of the area's many historic communal gardens is Ladbroke Square Garden, next to Kensington Park Gardens.


Ladbroke Square Garden
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLadbroke Square Garden, Notting Hill - Credit: David Hawgood