Notting Hill

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Notting Hill
Notting Hill is a district within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. During the 20th century it became a deprived area, leading up to the Notting Hill race riots in 1958. It has subsequently gone up-market and is now a fashionable area to live and shop. The Notting Hill Carnival, held in August annually since 1966, is one of hte largest street festivals in the world. Notable fictional references include G K Chesterton's novel The Napoleon of Notting Hill and the 1999 film Notting Hill.

LGBT history

The Sappho group for lesbians met in the Chepstow pub.

The September Group for older gay men met in the Unitarian Hall.

The Champion in Bayswater Road was a gay pub until its refurbishment in 2004.[1]

Notting Hill is the setting for Alan Hollinghurst's novel The Line of Beauty.