Our first impressions on arriving into Hackney were that it was a harsh exterior area compared to Notting Hill. We discovered that most of the shops were independent, run down buildings with a small amount of chain stores. There was a vast amount of charity shops and fast food restaurants. We also visited numerous of cafes which served fresh food and home-made cakes, the overall feel was welcoming; a popular destination for business meetings. The people of Hackney were friendly, and every person we spoke to showed an interest in the work we were carrying out.
When looking around Notting Hill we noticed that it is a high end location to live work and shop. The place is bright with coloured buildings ranging from modern and old. There is a large amount of vintage and antique shops, whilst there was still a number of contemporary and designer stores. We visited Portobello Market where there were new goods, flea markets, fruit and vegetable and antique stores. There were a wide range of cultural people within the area who were very friendly and helpful.
Overall there was a huge difference between the two areas, both style and culture. Hackney being quite dull compared to Notting Hill. We saw a huge change of culture and style within both areas. We spotted individual high street and catwalk style in Notting Hill. Where as in Hackney we found the style to be consistent with a laid-back, practical appearance. Each place is unique in every way, they cater for a different customer, from fast food takeaway to luxury products.
Notting Hill by L.Q & J.B & M.W
Hackney by A.E-J & E.V