Sometimes Notting Hill feels like a mini-America, as many ex-pats reside on the tree-lined and well-kept streets of the area. The various council estates peppered throughout the community ensures that the area is not over-run by wealthy bankers and their families, with the area bridging onto Paddington having a slightly unsavory element. It is not altogether uncommon to run into a celebrity whilst strolling the streets as many famous actors and musicians call the area home.
Portobello Road, home to a traditional weekend antiques market, remains the areas main attraction, replete with food stalls, clothing, and of course antiques. Notting Hill Carnival, an annual street festival held on the August long weekend, continues to draw in hundreds of thousands of people to watch the parade, eat traditional Afro-Carribean food, and listen to the various DJs and bands on the sound-stages scattered throughout the streets.
On an everyday basis the chic bars and restaurants are filled with young, single, attractive men and women, flush with confidence and cash, and out on the "pull" (British-speak for on the prowl). The Westbourne pub on Westbourne Park Road is the best place to see this in action.