Secret London: Notting Hill
Little Known Facts about Notting Hill
The name Portobello (from the famous Portobello Road) actually honours the capture of Puerto Bello from the Spaniards in 1739.
John Christie, the infamous serial killer, was a resident of Notting Hill and a projectionist at the Electric Cinema during World War II.
TMany of the streets of Notting Hill bear the Ladbroke name after the family that owned most of the land when it was redeveloped in the 19th century.
The exterior of 280 Westbourne Grove (with its famous blue door which has since been auctioned off) was filmed as the location of Hugh Grant’s apartment in the film Notting Hill. The interior was actually a set built in a studio!
Notting Hill Gate was the historical site of several toll gates, hence the origination of its name.