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Features of Golborne Road

Running east from Portobello Road to Kensal Road and situated just north of and parallel to the Westway, Golborne Road is a street in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London’s Notting Hill. The nearest underground stations to Golborne Road are Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Grove. It was named after Dean Golborne who was once the vicar of St John’s Church in Paddington. It was merely a country footpath crossing the fields of Portobello Farm until the middle of the 19th century, but it was subsequently widened and extended over the railway while shops were also added in1870.

Golborne Road is home to many Moroccan restaurants and shops selling Maghrebian products and as such it is sometimes called “Little Morocco”. At one end of the road, there are two Portuguese patisseries, Cafe d’Oporto and Lisboa Patisserie. The Antiguan immigrant Kelso Cochrane was murdered at the junction of Golborne Road and Southam Street in 1959 and in 2009 a blue plaque was erected at the site of the murder.

A street market is held on Golborne Road every day except Sunday that offers produce with hot food and bric-a-brac at the weekend. The market opening times are the same as for Portobello Road Market but it has its own quirky ambiance being home to a mix of international food stalls, and restaurants ranging from everyday cafes to upscale cuisine. The market also offers second-hand and vintage wares, architectural antiques, designer and vintage fashion boutiques, discount and convenience shops, personal pampering shops and local services. The market stretches past the iconic grade II listed Trellick Tower which itself overlooks the Grand Union Canal leading to Regents Park, Camden and beyond. Golborne Road is also the lively hotspot for the thriving Portuguese and North African communities. The main products on offer at the market include fruit, vegetables, takeaway food, and household goods on weekdays whereas it transforms into a busy second hand and bric-a-brac section on Friday and Saturday.

If you wish to stay in utter luxury close to this area and to many other attractions of central London, it would be best to stay at Montcalm Hotel London as it provides comfortable accommodation with the best of facilities, amenities and services and offers full value for your money.

Golborne Road has been the setting of many film scenes such as a number of scenes in Menelik Shabazz’s 1981 film Burning an Illusion, that were filmed on the road. One of the scenes was shot in the Grassroots bookshop, which has ceased to exist. The road is also prominently featured in Hanif Kureishi’s1991 film London Kills Me. Golborne Road had long been seen as a shabby area in comparison to Ladbroke Grove. At the start of the twentieth century, the area of Golborne Road had become one of the most overcrowded and poverty-stricken in London but of late it has been gentrified considerably although it still holds on to its distinctive multicultural environment. The vibrant thoroughfare got a fair share of bombing during WWII but after the war, the Victorian-era slums were replaced with the Trellick and Swinbrook and Wornington Estates which were used for housing immigrants arriving from Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean. However, due to it becoming the home of a large Moroccan population, it is dubbed ‘Little Morocco’.

With the availability of many 5 Star Hotels London, visitors to London, who wish to enjoy luxurious accommodation and the best of facilities while being located in the heart of the city, are spoilt for choice but most prefer to stay in the luxurious Montcalm hotels that also offer full value for money.

In 2002, Stella McCartney started staying at a chapel on Golborne Road next to a curry house, leading to the area becoming a fashionable destination. A plethora of gastropubs have now sprung up in this area such as Goodbye, The Earl of Warwick, Hello and Golborne Grove. Many chi chi boutiques can also be seen next to the restaurants.

Coming a long way from its initial shabby image, Golborne Road has now become a glaring example of ‘modern urban living’ and as such you can find the upper class of gentry in equal measure to its more modest people. Although it has featured as a backdrop to both Scarlett Johansson’s pout in Woody Allen’s ‘Scoop’ and Hugh Grant’s broken heart in romcom ‘Notting Hill’, yet its residents appear to be highly protective. It even has its own community website and its locals have transformed the nearby Meanwhile Gardens into a leafy place that also has a play area for kids and a skate bowl.

The area of Golborne Road is famous for its market where you can get household goods, bric-a-brac, fruit and vegetables six days a week. The prominent fashion outlet is the vintage emporium Rellimk and the main women’s wear store is J&M Davidson. For second hand furniture, the best place is 88 Antiques. There are plenty of places for going out such as Members’ Club Number Ten which presents a mix of a 1950s ski chalet and Regency-era drinking den. For Portuguese specialities you can go to Cafe O’Porto and Lisboa Patisserie that serve scrumptious pasties de nata (custard tarts) and galão (milky coffee). You can try Casa D’Or and Moroccan Tagine for North African specialities.

The Golborne Road area also has a few schools such as Ainsworth Nursery School at 47 Acklam Road, which is just a stone’s throw from Golborne Road; Bevington Primary School on Bevington Road that achieved an Ofsted grade 2 (good) out of 4; Sion-Manning RC School for Girls at St Charles Square which is predominantly Roman Catholic and Holland Park School at Airlie Gardens which is highly sought after with ‘an exceptional learning culture’.

Golborne Road is served by Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park tube stations that are on the Hammersmith & City line in Zone 2. Buses to the area include 7, 23, 28, 31, 52, 70 and 328.

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