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Starting at the original tollgate entrance to London, we will go down the hill looking at the plush Victorian development created by the visionary James Ladbroke to include some of London’s largest private “Pleasure Gardens.” You will hear about notorious and wretched slums, failed racecourses, and hard times that helped shape the Notting Hill we know today. 

We will look at how art and music have defined the area, and where Jimi Hendrix lied and breathed his last. We'll see some of London’s most colourfully painted houses, visit the markets, and walk in the footsteps of London's biggest celebrities. We will hear about the culture of millionaire mansions, whilst always keeping a keen eye for any celebrities who might pass us by!

With Free Tours By Food you'll go from visiting gorgeous private gardens, to the famous markets of Portobello Road, and you'll explore sights from the 'Notting Hill' film. Learn about the eclectic history, the roots of the biggest carnival in Europe, and the art and musical history that Notting Hill is famous for. . 


  • Sights from the Notting Hill film
  • Jimi Hendrix's House
  • Trade Shops
  • Art Galleries
  • Street Art and Banksy
  • Music History (Where Virgin Started)
  • Carnival and Cultural History
  • Windrush History
  • Quirky Market Stalls
  • Museum of Brands
  • Celebrity spotting (maybe)

Tour Information

Where: Meet your guide outside the McDonalds near Notting Hill Gate (MAP). If you are coming by London Underground, take EXIT 3 from Notting Hill Gate Station.

Reservations: Required.  Click here to reserve.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

When:   View our calendar of all walking tours.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget.

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About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: December 7th, 2022
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