2017-06-10 2:00 pm
Ladbroke Grove Station, London
Yet another of the very popular tours led by our guide – Barrie. He knows London like the back of his hand and this tour of Notting Hill has the usually hidden gems and unusual stories that mean another great afternoon
Hippies, scandals and riots (but no Hugh Grant!)
This walk has a number of interwoven themes that come together to form the incredible history of this area since the end of the second world war.
Firstly, Barrie, your guide will tell you the story of the West Indians who settled here over the years starting in the 1950’s. You’ll hear about the major issues that affect them such as prejudice, slum landlords, police brutality and riots.
Then you’ll hear how the most famous political scandal of the twentieth century “shot” to fame in Notting Hill! And why the main protagonists in this, still talked about the saga, came to the area in search of the good times – and discovered they weren’t so good!
You’ll discover how following the “swinging sixties”, Notting Hill became the area of choice for the “hippy” movement and welcomed in the counter-culture. You’ll also find out how Ladbroke Grove became London’s equivalent of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury during the so-called “summer of love”.
You’ll also hear about how the now world famous Notting Hill carnival went from a troubled beginning to its stature today as Britain’s (and probably Europe’s) greatest street festival.
This walk which lasts around two hours will be illustrated by historical photographs and music of the time. It starts and ends at Ladbroke Grove tube station. For this tour, we join other groups so there will be a good crowd and mixture of people
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