Portobello Green

Park in/near Notting Hill, existing between 1968 and now

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Portobello Green features a shopping arcade under the Westway along Thorpe Close, an open-air market under the canopy, and community gardens.

From the 1860s to the 1960s this area was occupied by 5 houses along Portobello Road from the railway embankment, numbers 277 to 287, and two round the corner on the south side of Cambridge Gardens before the entrance to Thorpe Mews. 281 Portobello Road (now the address of the Portobello Green arcade) was AJ Symons confectioner and tobacconist in the 1920s.

Anne McSweeney, who lived across the road in the early 1960s, recalls before the Westway, ‘at the junction with Cambridge Gardens was a bakers shop, where I would be dispatched to get a Farmhouse or Short Tin loaf, and there was a small newsagent shop in Portobello Road on the Cambridge Gardens side just before the railway bridge. It was called Little’s and I was told that it was run by a boxer called Tommy Little. Keep walking down the lane on the same side opposite where all the stalls are, there was a pie and mash shop where I would take a large pudding basin and they would put the pies and mash in it.’

Post-demolition in the late 1960s, the GLC and London Transport plans to use the Westway bays between Portobello Road and Ladbroke Grove as a car park and bus garage were halted by local community opposition. In 1968 the Notting Hill Interzone issue of International Times contained a sketch of the proposed Westway open-air children’s theatre on the site of Portobello Green. Other uses of the area suggested in the Motorway Development Trust community survey were market stalls, old people’s club, community services, Inter-Action community art centre, Motorway restaurant, bus lay-by at Ladbroke Grove, post office on the Cambridge Gardens corner, supermarket and library in Thorpe Close.

After the Westway opened in 1970, the North Kensington Amenity Trust was set up to carry out the development. The first director Anthony Perry describes the initial stage: ‘At that time Portobello Green, as I named it, was completely fenced in with a high corrugated iron wall. It had been the site of the lorry ramp leading up to the motorway during its construction. I sold it to a scrap dealer on condition he removed it. I then declared it open to the public. Over the weeks that followed we slowly cleared it up with volunteer labour – not exactly volunteer, I paid them £1 an hour. We tarmaced the part immediately adjacent to Portobello Road and started a charity market, fencing it off from ‘the Green’ with timber posts cut from surplus telegraph poles. The London Brick Company gave us a lorry load of over-baked bricks and a Canadian student laid out an attractive sitting area. I had tree surgeons in to save the bedraggled trees bordering Cambridge Gardens. The thing to do was to get people to use the land and consider it theirs.’

Perry’s ‘A Tale of Two Kensingtons’ account of working for the trust in the early 70s features a picture of a rock band (who are thought to be Clover) playing on Portobello Green, with the caption: ‘Not everyone loved us or shared the idea of using the green for entertainment. On the north side were the houses of Cambridge Gardens and a small block of council flats. The residents had had a particularly hard time while the motorway was being built. What they felt about the future of the green was important and a small group of the residents immediately took against the Saturday rock concerts that had started early on.’

Frendz underground paper captioned photos of the local hippy groups Mighty Baby and Skin Alley, playing at the time of the 1971 Notting Hill People’s Free Carnival: ‘The weekly Saturday concert under Westway in Portobello Road pounds on. Next week Graham Bond, Pink Fairies and Hawkwind.’ Through the summer of 71 Hawkwind appeared at a series of free gigs in different locations under the flyover, including the green, commemorated on the sleeve of their ‘X In Search of Space’ album. Portobello Green also came under the jurisdiction of the local chapter of the White Panthers street hippy group, formed by Mick Farren (of the Deviants and IT) in solidarity with the Black Panthers.

The following year the Kensington and Chelsea Arts Festival of ‘folk, theatre, dance, etc’ was announced ‘under the motorway at Portobello Road where an experimental open-air stage has been erected.’ Michael Moorcock’s ‘King of the City’ novel contains a Saturday afternoon free gig on the green by the pub rock group Brinsley Schwarz, including Nick Lowe, and his Dennis Dover character’s Basing Street studios session group. The audience consisted of ‘Swedish flower children, American Yippies and French ‘ippies.’

In the early to mid 70s Portobello Green succeeded Powis Square as the centre of the Carnival, facilitated by the Amenity Trust. After the area featured in the 1972 children’s parade organised by Merle Major, the following year the Caribbean Notting Hill Carnival, as we know it today, was established on the green by Leslie Palmer. When Merle stepped down as she became pregnant and the event’s future was in doubt, Les remembers: “Anthony Perry had decided to pay for a Time Out advert inviting Carnival-interested persons to a public meeting in the makeshift open-air theatre space at Portobello Green under the flyover, one Sunday afternoon 7 weeks before the 1973 August bank holiday.

“5 people turned up, which didn’t say a lot for the interest and enthusiasm for the Carnival at the time. I said the event would be improved if it were to be broadened to include local sound-systems and bands. I had no idea who Anthony really was or indeed exactly what North Kensington Amenity Trust did. Their main brief was to ascertain what amenities could be housed on the undeveloped land under the flyover.

Anthony had landscaped the largest available space and created the Portobello Green. He also scrounged a load of wooden railroad sleepers, with which he created a performance space with a stage, and got Harold Wilson, the prime minister at the time, to come and open the Westway Theatre.

“The theatre occupied the largest space nearest to Portobello and had a decent sized stage, where we used to have promotional gigs on the odd weekend to draw attention to the upcoming Carnival. Trojan Records had sent along the Cimarons, who played there while the salesmen set up a record stall on the street side. We had cleared the other disused bays as far as we were able to make them fit for purpose and the smaller sounds occupied those. Phil Fearon’s 6 by 6 and Errol Shorter’s Daveracks put on a great show, accompanied by Paddington Terror and Bertram de Wasp. It was all very local. I made a deal with Lucita to provide lunchtime rotis for the council drivers and gave their boss a case of Long Life beer to share among them.”

In an internal wrangle over advertising at the Carnival in 1974, an Island Records banner hung between two lampposts on the green was torn down during the night. Meanwhile Anthony Perry wrote of the local alcoholics: ‘These are the people who fill us with anger. They are driving us mad at the moment in the trust because there is an ever growing army of them, which is alienating local people and driving kids off the green.’ In 1975 Portobello Green appeared as a local youth hangout in Horace Ove’s film ‘Pressure’, about life in the black community, the year before the area became the Carnival riot epicentre. Tom Waits was photographed in June 1976 on the corner of Cambridge Gardens, at the same location as the subsequent police charge picture on ‘The Clash’ album sleeve.

The reggae promoter Wilf Walker says: “It was incredible in those days to be in a sea of black faces. We described it as a demonstration of solidarity and peace within the black community. I can’t imagine what it would have been like for white people. 76 showed the strength of feeling, reggae was raging in those days, young blacks weren’t into being happy natives, putting on a silly costume and dancing in the street, in the same street where we were getting done for Sus every day.” 

In the International Times report on the 1977 Carnival: ‘The kids had gathered at the Westway, scene of last year’s victorious battle and by 9 O’clock it had become a maelstrom, sucking in curious whites and spitting them out, robbed and battered. Darkness fell and roaming camera lights turned the packed heads into a macabre spot-dance competition in the ballroom of violence. Police blocked all but one exit road and lined the motorway and railroad that swung overhead. Wallflowers at the dance of death. By the time the PA system shut down the screaming roar of the riot had made it irrelevant.’

The ‘Portobello Village’ under the Westway, described by Craig Sams in his 1977 alternative market guidebook, is ‘the area where the avant-garde in music, food, fashion and art has its centre. Reggae music, soul food, underground newspapers, whole-wheat bread, Bedouin dresses, art deco objects, natural shoes, herbal medicines, a Free Shop, brown rice and a gypsy fortune teller are all crammed into this little area. Influences from here have spread throughout London since the 60s, when Lord Kitchener’s Valet outfitted millions of people in exotic second-hand army dress from their little shop in the heart of the Portobello Village.’ The Westway Market under the flyover included the Grass Roots stall of the black bookshop at 61 Golborne Road, and Retreat from Moscow, who specialised in army greatcoats, 40s rayon dresses, 50s mohair jumpers, Beatle and baseball jackets.

At the end of the 70s the first Notting Hill Carnival stage was founded on the Green by Wilf Walker, who had previously promoted gigs under the flyover at Acklam Hall. The NME reported that: ‘in an effort to alleviate the problems that often arise from the Portobello Green area of Notting Hill, usually the Carnival’s flashpoint, the police and local council have agreed to the Festival and Arts Committee organising a two day concert on the green.’ The post-punky reggae bill featured Aswad, Barry Ford of Merger, Sons of Jah, King Sounds and the Israelites, Brimstone, Exodus, the Passions, Nick Turner (of Hawkwind)’s Inner City Unit, Carol Grimes and the Vincent Units. Wilf Walker recalls overcoming difficulties with officialdom by getting power supplied from the nearby house of a friend of the singer Carol Grimes: “The very first stage under the flyover in 1979, everyone resisted it, they didn’t believe it could happen. On the morning when we put up the scaffolding, we were just about to swing the multi-cord over the flyover and the policeman on the flyover on a bike said no, you can’t do that, even though we had permission weeks previously, so we weren’t allowed to get electricity. Roger Matland was supposed to be giving us power but he didn’t turn up. Luckily Carol Grimes, who played that year, had a friend who lived across the road and he gave us electricity. I ran up to the police station in Ladbroke Grove and demanded they keep their promise and let us carry on, then we were allowed to use the multi-cord.”

However, when the music stopped there was more trouble, poetically described by Viv Goldman in her Melody Maker review: ‘The cans and bottles glittered like fireworks in the street lights, then shone again as they bounced back off the riot shields. The thud thud thud of the impact rivalled the bass in steadiness, suddenly the street of peaceful dancers was a revolutionary frontline, and the militant style of the dreads was put in its conceptual context.’

From 1979 to 97 the Portobello Green Carnival stage hosted everyone from Aswad to Jay-Z. After Eddy Grant was recorded ‘Live at Notting Hill Carnival’ in 1981, Musical Youth appeared on their way to number 1 with ‘Pass the Dutchie’ the following year. In 83 Rip Rig & Panic, featuring Andrea Oliver and Neneh Cherry, played their last gig on the green. The sound-system of the Dread Broadcasting Corporation, Leroy Lepke Anderson’s pirate radio station, was located up the road outside the Black People’s Information Centre at 303 Portobello Road. In the early 80s the Portobello Green and Acklam bays under the Westway were developed into shops and offices by the Amenity Trust with Council funding. The market canopy was added to the scheme after protests from displaced market traders.

As early 90s Carnival bills featured Soul II Soul, Aswad, Burning Spear, Arrow, Osibisa, Omar, Courtney Pine, Horace Andy, Freddie McGregor and Gwen Guthrie, the green was also the venue of the Portobello Arts Festival and anti-gentrification protests. In 1992 Time Out ‘Get into the Grove’ with Don-e in the Malaysian café Makan under the Westway at 270 Portobello Road, also frequented by Lenny Kravitz and S-Express.

After Jay-Z appeared on the green in 1997 at the time of ‘Hard Knock Life’, with an accompanying crowd crush and shooting incident, the Radio 1 Carnival stage moved to Kensal.

The Thorpe Close offices at Portobello Green housed the dance music labels Wall of Sound, Millennium and Leftfield’s Hard Hands. The arcade shops underneath include Souled Out, who supplied 70s clothes to Kylie Minogue, Bjork, Elton John and Take That, and the mod outfitters Adam of London. The Portobello Green vintage fashion market featured in Tania Kindersley’s ‘Goodbye Johnny Thunders’ novel, various videos including Ian Wright and the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Do the Wright Thing’, the Sparks techno Carnival car ad and the long-running Channel 4 trailer.

In the 21st century the green has hosted the Portobello Film Festival, Jazz on the Green, Moroccan festivals and 70s Carnival anniversary community events. The Portobello Green Fitness and Snooker Centre balcony bar/café at 3-5 Thorpe Close succeeded Acklam Hall as the local venue when it became the Inn on the Green/Flyover. The 60s military jacket tradition is maintained by the market stall on Portobello Road under the flyover by the Spanish Civil War mural. In 2015 the Westway Trust plan to redevelop the area as the Portobello Village, with a building on the canopy site, was opposed by the Westway 23 campaign to preserve local community culture.

Main source: It’s Your Colville
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Mary Place Workhouse
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Wedding at St Jude’s Church
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Lancefield Coachworks
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22 Maxilla Gardens 22 Maxilla Gardens is a now-demolished property.
24 Maxilla Gardens 24 Maxilla Gardens was an address along Maxilla Gardens.
29 Rackham Street, W10 29 Rackham Street lay about halfway along on the north side of the street.
3 Acklam Road From the 19th century up until 1965, number 3 Acklam Road, near the Portobello Road junction, was occupied by the Bedford family.
Acklam Road protests Acklam Road was the centre of much action during the building of the Westway
Albert Hotel The Albert Hotel stood on the corner of All Saints Road and Westbourne Park Road.
All Saints Notting Hill All Saints church was designed by the Victorian Gothic revival pioneer William White, who was also a mountaineer, Swedish gymnastics enthusiast and anti-shaving campaigner.
Corner of Rackham Street, Ladbroke Grove (1950) The bombing of the Second World War meant that some whole streets were wiped off the future map. Rackham Street, in London W10, was one of them.
Duke of Cornwall The Duke of Cornwall pub morphed into the uber-trendy "The Ledbury" restaurant.
Exmoor Street (1950) Photographed just after the Second World War, looking north along Exmoor Street.
Graffiti along Acklam Road (1970s) Acklam Road was the centre of much action during the building of the Westway
Kensington Hippodrome The Kensington Hippodrome was a racecourse built in Notting Hill, London, in 1837, by entrepreneur John Whyte.
Kensington Park Hotel The KPH is a landmark pub on Ladbroke Grove.
Ladbroke Grove Ladbroke Grove is named after James Weller Ladbroke, who developed the Ladbroke Estate in the mid nineteenth century, until then a largely rural area on the western edges of London.
Ladbroke Grove Ladbroke Grove on the corner of St Charles Sqaure taken outside the Eagle public house, looking north, just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War.
North Kensington Library North Kensington Library opened in 1891 and was described as one of London’s finest public libraries.
Political meeting (1920s) Meeting in front of the Junction Arms situated where Tavistock Road, Crescent and Basing Road met.
Portobello Farm Portobello Farm House was approached along Turnpike Lane, sometimes referred to as Green’s Lane, a track leading from Kensington Gravel Pits towards a wooden bridge over the canal.
Portobello Green Portobello Green features a shopping arcade under the Westway along Thorpe Close, an open-air market under the canopy, and community gardens.
Rackham Street, eastern end (1950) The bombing of the Second World War meant that some whole streets were wiped off the future map. Rackham Street, in London W10, was one of them.
St Charles Square after bombing (1950) A corner of St Charles Square looking north, just after the Second World War
St Charles Square ready for redevelopment (1951) Photographed in 1951, the corner of St Charles Square and Ladbroke Grove looking northwest just after the Second World War.
St Martins Mission Saint Martin's Mission was originally known as Rackham Hall as it was situated on Rackham Street.
St. Joseph’s Home St Joseph's dominated a part of Portobello Road up until the 1980s.
The Apollo The Apollo pub was located at 18 All Saints Road, on the southeast corner of the Lancaster Road junction.
The Eagle The Eagle, on the corner of Ladbroke Grove and Telford Road.
The Mitre The Mitre was situated at 62 Golborne Road.
Western Iron Works The Western Iron Works was the foundry business of James Bartle and Co.

Acklam Road, W10 Acklam Road was the centre of much action during the building of the Westway.
Alba Place, W11 Alba Place is part of the Colville Conservation Area.
Aldridge Court, W11 Aldridge Court is in Aldridge Road Villas.
Aldridge Road Villas, W11 Aldridge Road Villas is a surviving fragment of mid-Victorian residential development.
All Saints Road, W11 Built between 1852-61, All Saints Road is named after All Saints Church on Talbot Road.
Athlone Place, W10 Athlone Place runs between Faraday Road and Bonchurch Road.
Bartle Road, W11 Bartle Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Basing Street, W11 Basing Street was originally Basing Road between 1867 and 1939.
Bassett Road, W10 Bassett Road is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Bevington Road, W10 Bevington Road is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Blagrove Road, W10 This is a street in the W10 postcode.
Blenheim Crescent, W11 Blenheim Crescent one of the major thoroughfares in Notting Hill - indeed it features in the eponymous film.
Bonchurch Road, W10 Bonchurch Road was first laid out in the 1870s.
Bridge Close, W10 Bridge Close is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Bruce Close, W10 Bruce Close replaced the earlier Rackham Street in this part of W10.
Cambridge Gardens, W10 Cambridge Gardens is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Chesterton Road, W10 Chesterton Road is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Clydesdale Road, W11 Clydesdale Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Colville Gardens, W11 Colville Gardens was laid out in the 1870s by the builder George Frederick Tippett, who developed much of the rest of the neighbourhood.
Colville Houses, W11 Colville Houses is part of the Colville Conservation Area.
Colville Mews, W11 Colville Mews is a street in Notting Hill.
Colville Square, W11 Colville Square is a street in Notting Hill.
Colville Terrace, W11 Colville Terrace, W11 has strong movie connnections.
Convent Gardens, W11 Convent Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.
Cornwall Road, W11 Cornwall Road was once the name for the westernmost part of Westbourne Park Road.
Dartmouth Close, W11 Dartmouth Close is a street in Notting Hill.
Dunworth Mews, W11 This is a street in the W11 postcode area
Edenham Way, W10 Edenham Way is a 1970s street.
Elgin Mews, W11 Elgin Mews lies in Notting Hill.
Elkstone Road, W10 Elkstone Road replaced Southam Street around 1970.
Fallodon House, W11 Fallodon House was planned in 1973 to replace housing between Tavistock Crescent, Tavistock Road, and St Luke’s Road.
Faraday Road, W10 Faraday Road is one of the ’scientist’ roadnames of North Kensington.
Folly Mews, W11 Folly Mews is a street in Notting Hill.
Golborne Mews, W10 Golborne Mews lies off of the Portobello Road, W10.
Golborne Road, W10 Golborne Road, heart of North Kensington, was named after Dean Golbourne, at one time vicar of St. John’s Church in Paddington.
Golden Mews, W11 Golden Mews was a tiny mews off of Basing Street, W11.
Hayden’s Place, W11 This is a street in the W11 postcode area
Hayden’s Place, W11 Haydens Place is a small cul-de-sac off of the Portobello Road.
Hedgegate Court, W11 Hedgegate Court is a street in Notting Hill.
Hewer Street, W10 Built as part of the St Charles’ estate in the 1870s, it originally between Exmoor Street to a former street called Raymede Street.
Kensington Park Mews, W11 Kensington Park Mews lies off of Kensington Park Road, W11
Kingsdown Close, W10 Kingsdown Close is one of a select number of roads in London W10 lying south of Westway.
Ladbroke Crescent, W11 Ladbroke Crescent belongs to the third and final great period of building on the Ladbroke estate and the houses were constructed in the 1860s.
Ladbroke Grove, W10 Ladbroke Grove runs from Notting Hill in the south to Kensal Green in the north, and straddles the W10 and W11 postal districts.
Lancaster Road, W11 Lancaster Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Leamington House, W11 Leamington House was built by 1962.
Leamington Road Villas, W11 Leamington Road Villas is a street in Notting Hill.
Lionel Mews, W10 Lionel Mews was built around 1882 and probably disappeared in the 1970s.
Malton Mews, W10 Malton Mews, formerly Oxford Mews, runs south off of Cambridge Gardens.
Malton Road, W11 Malton Road is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Maxilla Gardens, W10 Maxilla Gardens was a former street in London W10.
Maxilla Walk, W10 Maxilla Walk is a street in North Kensington, London W10
McGregor Road, W11 McGregor Road runs between St Luke’s Road and All Saints Road.
Millwood Street, W10 Millwood Street is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Modena Street, W9 Modena Street was swept away in the late 1960s.
Morgan Road, W10 Morgan Road connects Wornington Road and St Ervans Road.
Munro Mews, W10 Munro Mews is a part cobbled through road that connects Wornington Road and Wheatstone Road.
Norburn Street, W10 Norburn Street is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Orchard Close, W10 Orchard Close is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Oxford Gardens, W10 Oxford Gardens is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Pinehurst Court, W11 Pinehurst Court is a mansion block at 1-9 Colville Gardens.
Portobello Road, W10 Portobello Road is split into two sections by the Westway/Hammersmith and City line.
Portobello Road, W11 Portobello Road is internationally famous for its market.
Powis Gardens, W11 Powis Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.
Powis Mews, W11 Powis Mews is a street in Notting Hill.
Powis Square, W11 Powis Square is a square between Talbot Road and Colville Terrace.
Powis Terrace, W11 Powis Terrace is a street in Notting Hill.
Pressland Street, W10 Pressland Street ran from Kensal Road to the canal.
Rackham Street, W10 Rackham Street is a road that disappeared from the streetscape of London W10 in 1951.
Raddington Road, W10 Raddington Road is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Rendle Street, W10 Rendle Street ran from Murchison Road to Telford Road.
Rillington Place, W11 Rillington Place is a small street with an infamous history.
Ruston Mews, W11 Ruston Mews, W11 was originally Crayford Mews.
Silvester Mews, W11 Silvester Mews was a mews off of Basing Street, W11.
St Andrews Square, W11 St Andrews Square is a street in Notting Dale, formed when the Rillington Place area was demolished.
St Charles Place, W10 St Charles Place is a street in North Kensington, London W10
St Charles Square, W10 St Charles Square is a street in North Kensington, London W10
St Columbs House, W10 St Columbs House is situated at 9-39 Blagrove Road.
St Ervans Road, W10 St Ervans Road is named after the home town of the Rev. Samuel Walker.
St Joseph’s Close, W10 St Joseph’s Close is a cul-de-sac off of Bevington Road.
St Lawrence Terrace, W10 St Lawrence Terrace is a street in North Kensington, London W10
St Lukes Mews, W11 St Lukes Mews is a mews off of All Saints Road, W11.
St Luke’s Road, W11 St Luke’s Road is a street in Notting Hill.
St Mark’s Close, W11 St Mark’s Close runs off St Mark’s Road.
St Mark’s Place, W11 St Mark’s Place is situated on the site of the former Kensington Hippodrome.
St Mark’s Road, W10 St Mark’s Road extends beyond the Westway into the W10 area.
St Mark’s Road, W11 St. Mark’s Road is a street in the Ladbroke conservation area.
St Michael’s Gardens, W10 St Michael’s Gardens lies to the south of St Michael’s Church.
Talbot Road, W11 The oldest part of Talbot Road lies in London, W11.
Tavistock Crescent, W11 Tavistock Crescent was where the first Notting Hill Carnival procession began on 18 September 1966.
Tavistock Mews, W11 Tavistock Mews, W11 lies off of the Portobello Road.
Tavistock Road, W11 Tavistock Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Telford Road, W10 Telford Road is one of the local streets named after prominent nineteenth century scientists.
Thorpe Close, W10 Thorpe Close is a redevelopment of the former Thorpe Mews, laid waste by the building of the Westway.
Wesley Square, W11 Wesley Square is a street in Notting Hill.
Westway, W10 Westway is the A40(M) motorway which runs on an elevated section along the W10/W11 border.
Wheatstone Road, W10 Wheatstone Road was the former name of the eastern section of Bonchurch Road.
Wornington Road, W10 Wornington Road connected Golborne Road with Ladbroke Grove, though the Ladbroke end is now closed to through traffic.

Albert Hotel The Albert Hotel stood on the corner of All Saints Road and Westbourne Park Road.
Duke of Cornwall The Duke of Cornwall pub morphed into the uber-trendy "The Ledbury" restaurant.
Duke of Wellington This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Kensington Park Hotel The KPH is a landmark pub on Ladbroke Grove.
Mau Mau This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Metropolitan This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Portobello House This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Sporting Club De Londres This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Apollo The Apollo pub was located at 18 All Saints Road, on the southeast corner of the Lancaster Road junction.
The Castle The (Warwick) Castle is located on the corner of Portobello Road and Westbourne Park Road.
The Eagle The Eagle, on the corner of Ladbroke Grove and Telford Road.
The Elgin The Elgin is a Grade II listed public house at 96 Ladbroke Grove.
The Mitre The Mitre was situated at 62 Golborne Road.

Notting Hill

Notting Hill: A place whose fortunes have come, gone and come again...

Notting Hill is a cosmopolitan district known as the location for the annual Notting Hill Carnival, and for being home to the Portobello Road Market.

The word Notting might originate from a Saxon called Cnotta with the =ing part indicating "the place inhibited by the people of" - i.e. where Cnotta’s tribe lived. There was a farm called variously "Knotting-Bernes,", "Knutting-Barnes" or "Nutting-barns" and this name was transferred to the hill above it.

The area remained rural until the westward expansion of London reached Bayswater in the early 19th century. The main landowner in Notting Hill was the Ladbroke family, and from the 1820s James Weller Ladbroke began to undertake the development of the Ladbroke Estate. Working with the architect and surveyor Thomas Allason, Ladbroke began to lay out streets and houses, with a view to turning the area into a fashionable suburb of the capital (although the development did not get seriously under way until the 1840s). Many of these streets bear the Ladbroke name, including Ladbroke Grove, the main north-south axis of the area, and Ladbroke Square, the largest private garden square in London.

The original idea was to call the district Kensington Park, and other roads (notably Kensington Park Road and Kensington Park Gardens) are reminders of this. The local telephone prefix 7727 (originally 727) is based on the old telephone exchange name of PARk.

The reputation of the district altered over the course of the 20th century. As middle class households ceased to employ servants, the large Notting Hill houses lost their market and were increasingly split into multiple occupation.

For much of the 20th century the large houses were subdivided into multi-occupancy rentals. Caribbean immigrants were drawn to the area in the 1950s, partly because of the cheap rents, but were exploited by slum landlords like Peter Rachman, and also became the target of white racist Teddy Boys in the 1958 Notting Hill race riots.

Notting Hill was slowly gentrified from the 1980s onwards now has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fashionable area; known for attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses, and high-end shopping and restaurants (particularly around Westbourne Grove and Clarendon Cross).

A Daily Telegraph article in 2004 used the phrase the ’Notting Hill Set’ to refer to a group of emerging Conservative politicians, such as David Cameron and George Osborne, who were once based in Notting Hill.

Since it was first developed in the 1830s, Notting Hill has had an association with artists and ’alternative’ culture.

Coronation street party, 1953.
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Children of Ruston Close
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The "Western"
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Ladbroke Grove (1866)
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Clayton Arms
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The Foresters
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The Lads of the Village pub
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The Prince of Wales
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Admiral Blake (The Cowshed)
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Kensington Park Hotel
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In the neighbourhood...

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Coronation street party, 1953.
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Children of Ruston Close
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The Tile Kiln, Notting Dale (1824)
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Clayton Arms
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The Earl Derby stood on the corner of Southern Row and Bosworth Road. The Earl Derby himself was Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby who fought at the battle of Bosworth.
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The Foresters
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The Prince of Wales
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Admiral Blake (The Cowshed)
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Kensington Park Hotel
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Middle Row School was constructed to provide education for the children of Kensal New Town. In 1877, an application was made to the Chelsea Vestry "to build a School House and premises. to be known as Middle Row Schools. Kensal Road by Messrs. Hook & Oldrey, builders..." The official opening took place on 19 August 1878.
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