Notting Hill is at the heart of the music industry and is one of the most well known parts of London. It is West London’s most vibrant community and is known for being cosmopolitan and multicultural, and hosts the annual Notting Hill Carnival and the Portobello Road Market. Notting Hill has been associated with art and artists since 1870. It is also the birthplace of legendary record shops and companies including: Rough Trade, Honest Jon’s, Virgin Records and Rock On. Companies that went on to shape the face of the music industry.
The Notting Hill Arts Club offers a wide range of music and arts events, featuring everything from photographic exhibitions to live gigs and an extremely varied programme of club nights. The Arts Club is a legendary pioneering music and arts centre, which has been home to historical events and performances from artists including: Nas, the Libertines, Chase and Status, Disclosure, Rita Ora, Bryson Tiller, James Bay and many, many more.
“The Guardian described the Notting Hill Arts Club as “a haven for indie celebs and punk veterans”.
Portobello Road is a mecca for tourists, stylists and vintage shoppers, and negotiating the crowds is easy once you’ve discovered the wealth of lovely quiet cafes dotted along side roads.
Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe. It originated in 1964 as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate culture and traditions.
Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend in the streets of London W11, the Notting Hill Carnival is a stunning array of sounds and colourful sights.
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