Now swanky Notting Hill was for many years the bad boy of the boroughs, full of vice and crime comparable to that of Soho. Now it is the borough’s most cosmopolitan district with a strong African-Caribbean community who initiated and still run the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival, which takes place every August Bank Holiday weekend. Emerging from the first time at Notting Hill tube station you might think what all the fuss is about. The trafficked Notting Hill Gate is not particularly attractive with no attractive shops or café’. But once you are off the main road toward Portobello market, the appeal of the area is clear enough with rows of imposing white stucco houses, myriad of garden squares and its fashionable Westbourne Grove. It is a lovely place to spend your days in the capital feeling the vibe of trendy crowd in the neighbourhood. Local Tip: try to walk all the way down from Portobello to Golborne Road. The market becomes more real and relaxed plus you can enjoy a rice cake and coffee at our favourite OPorto cafe.