Notting Hill is one of the cosmopolitan districts of London, England, known for the annual Carnival and for the Portobello Market.
Since it was first developed in the 1820s, Notting Hill was considered the “alternative” area of the city and only in 1840 it started to become a residential district with large Victorian townhouses. After World War II, it became home to a large number of Afro-Caribbean immigrants. This community started to celebrate their own cultures and traditions in 1964 with a special street event: the Notting Hill Carnival. It is one of the largest European street festivals, which takes place every August through the streets of Notting Hill and people celebrate with colorful costumes, music and Caribbean food.
In the last 40 years Notting Hill has transformed into a multicultural and fashionable neighborhood, full of cafes, restaurants, trendy boutiques, galleries and bookshops. This district offers many shopping opportunities and every Saturday the Portobello Market, so called because it runs along Portobello Road, offers variety of clothes, antique souvenirs and food. Portobello Road has had a market since the 1800s and became famous for its antiques in the 1950s, with ceramics, books, furniture and jewels. After a walk through the markets tourists and locals can find cafes and bars to rest or grab a bite to eat.
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