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Many people would have heard of Notting Hill because of the Carnival. The area is also well-known for its world famous Portobello Market and the site of the 1999 British romantic comedy film with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.

Photo of a wide street crowded with people who have turned out to watch the carnival.

The Notting Hill area is full of contrasts - luxury mansions, fashionable restaurants and art galleries alongside run down social housing, flea markets and squats.

For much of the 20th century the large houses were sub-divided into multi-occupancy rentals. Caribbean immigrants were drawn to the area in the 1950s or placed there by recruiting agents, partly because of the cheap rents and partly because of the ease of access to their work places.

Many of the new arrivals were exploited by slum landlords and also became the target of white racists in the 1958 Notting Hill race riots.