Very close to our school is Ladbroke Grove – a very popular area of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, West London. It was named after the main street running through it, which stretches from neighbouring areas Notting Hill in the south to Kensal Green in the north.
In the mid-19th century, when the area was still largely rural on the outskirts of London, James Weller Ladbroke, from whom the area derives its name, developed the Ladbroke Estate. The neighbourhood has grown immensely since then and is now considered a fairly central, and certainly desirable, part of London.
Ladbroke Grove attracts many Londoners and tourists throughout the year thanks to its individual local culture. The area is home to the renowned Portobello Road Market, the world’s largest antiques market. This brings people to the area throughout the week, but particularly on Saturdays, which is the market’s main business day.
In August, Ladbroke Grove is the main street on the route of the famous Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place annually over the bank holiday weekend at the end of August. The area is also home to many boutique bookstores, quirky retailers as well as independent bars and restaurants. Additionally, the Electric Cinema is located here; one of the oldest and most unique cinemas in London.
Public transport serves the area well, with Ladbroke Grove Underground Station on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines or Kensal Rise railway station, providing good connections into central London. The station is situated in Travelcard charging zone 2.
Ladbroke Grove is considered an upmarket neighbourhood offering the atmosphere and amenities many Londoners are looking for. The area boasts some stunning residential properties and is especially desirable for families looking to settle in an affluent neighbourhood with excellent facilities, lying within catchment for good state and independent schools in London. Finding the perfect property can be a difficult and long-drawn-out task in today’s competitive housing market, but setting up home in such a reputable part of London will undoubtedly pay off.