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London B&B Location in Chelsea - Your Thoughts

May 29th, 2008, 05:57 AM
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Or a criminal....
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May 29th, 2008, 06:55 AM
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That is a very good location -- Actually IN Notting Hill. and if you are there on a Saturday - it is just around the corner - well, a couple of corners - from Portobello Rd.

(I have more experience w/ Portobello Road than the probation office, but I HAVE been in that Oxfam Shop)
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May 30th, 2008, 03:09 AM
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The probation office is opposite - on top of an off licence. Which helps.

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May 30th, 2008, 08:24 AM
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<<Again "notting hill" is an elastic description that ranges from Notting Hill itself (which is like the film, but the real one has some black people in it) to Ladbroke Grove (well dodgy).>>

'black' people? please explain...
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May 30th, 2008, 08:48 AM
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"Please explain"

Simple -- the movie didn't, the real place does
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May 30th, 2008, 09:52 AM
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Ah. I see. So you're saying CW meant that it's a more diverse neighborhood in real life. Funny how the 'movies' leave out such details. ;-)
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May 30th, 2008, 10:07 AM
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In the case of "Notting Hill" it was particularly egregious:

http://www.nottinghillcarnival.org.uk/
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May 30th, 2008, 10:10 AM
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cw that's the coolest thing. i'd never heard of the carnival. very colorful. looks like a good time.
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May 31st, 2008, 04:41 AM
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It's Europe's largest outdoors event.

It's actually a tiresome ordeal because of the crowds.

Notting Hill used to be a black area of London. We even had race riots there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notting_Hill_race_riots

The Carnival was set up the next year as a response.

It's an interesting area in Britains social history. It was Peter Rachman's domain (A man who has given us a word - Rachmanism - for slum landlords). It's also where John Christie lived ( a notorious serial killer).

If you're interstedin how Notting Was before it got rich, see the film 10 Rillington Place starring a young Richard Attenborough as Christie. It's shot in 1950s Notting Hill - a very different place than it is today.
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May 31st, 2008, 09:30 AM
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Wow! I've got to share this tidbit with DH. We both love learning about the past. It's so interesting. Really, I should have been a history major.
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May 31st, 2008, 09:35 AM
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Also, my apologies for to the OP for detouring this thread, and I hope you find the perfect accommodation for your trip. Happy Travels!
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