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Understand the history

London is, and always has been, a trading city and an agglomeration of nationalities and people from all walks of life, and this is what has made it what it is. Understand some of the history of the neighbourhoods

- and the people who built them - and you'll begin to understand why some of the districts look as they do. Take Notting Hill, for example; In Regency times (early 19th century) this area was developed in an attempt to catch the coat tails of the riches of Kensington across the park, but it never really took off. Throughout the early 20th century, the area declined and the large villas were split into many small flats. In the 50s and 60s, this was the cheapest place to live in London, and was settled by Afro-Caribbean immigrants brought over to the UK for cheap labour after WWII, and they created the Carnival, one of the biggest street parties in the world - their legacy still lives on, and many still live in the area, but these days you'd need to win a lottery to afford a house in the neighbourhood, it has shot up in popularity and gentrified and changed in just 25 years into one of the most expensive areas of town.

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