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Elegant architecture and the lovely green spaces of Little Wormwood Scrubs all north of Notting Hill

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Little Wormwood Scrubs

Little Wormwood Scrubs

The absolute golden nugget of North Kensington Village is the newly transformed Little Wormwood Scrubs. It's now a hot spot for us locals in W10 to walk our dogs...

Pizza East

Pizza East

Breakfast at Pizza East is great - everything you can expect to find on a breakfast menu and at a reasonable price.

Portobello Garden Caffe

Portobello Garden Caffe

Fresh and authentic Italian food in a charming arcade off Portobello Road.

Acklam Village Market

Acklam Village Market

Food, drink, live music and art stalls with an underground vibe.

Portobello Juice Café

Portobello Juice Café

Create your own juices at this infamous juice bar on Portobello Road.

Portobello and Golborne Market

Portobello and Golborne Market

London's most well known market with a wealth of established stalls, selling everything from food, to clothing, to vintage jewellery.

The Masons Arms

The Masons Arms

A fantastic pub with an amazing garden, Sunday roasts, summer barbecues, DJs, quizzes and comedy nights. A lovely community feel.

Dock Kitchen

Dock Kitchen

From its striking setting in a Victorian canalside building, to the fresh and seasonal dishes, this restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening meal.

Portobello Green Market

Portobello Green Market

A fashion and vintage focused market that is mainly under cover.

Fez Mangal

Fez Mangal

A bustling Turkish restaurant close to Ladbroke Grove Underground Station that cooks amazing Turkish BBQ'd meats. Great takeaway or fun with a few friends to eat in, as it's BYOB. If you're feeling hungry, get the special mix. Also the mezze starters are tasty too...actually everything is!

Cockney's

Cockney's

The best pie and mash in West London - try the stewed eels! Perfect for a quick, cheap but tasty lunch.

Paradise

Paradise

'Paradise By Way of Kensal Green', to give it's full name, is a British restaurant, bar and club all rolled into one. Don't miss out on the burger!

Bluebelles of Portobello

Bluebelles of Portobello

One of the best breakfast hangs-out on Portobello Road, where you can sit outside and watch the world go by - plus fantastic eggs!!

Boom Burger

Boom Burger

This Jamaican burger restaurant serves the spiciest burger on the planet!

Cocodelic

Cocodelic

I love my Caribbean food and Cocodelic is the best in the area; bare in mind we have a fair few restaurants around serving the same type of food.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park, Kensal Green, Shepherd's Bush, Notting Hill, Holland Park, East Acton, Queen's Park, Harlesden and Maida Vale

"The name Kensal Green is derived from "place by the king's wood", and remained largely farming land all the way up until the mid 1800s."

Just a short distance from Queen's Park, Kensal Green is well connected and known for its independent amenities, adding to its fashionable appeal.

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Lively and lined with trendy independent shops, bars and restaurants, it's no wonder that Portobello Road is so popular!

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Little Wormwood Scrubs is the perfect spot for walking the dog...

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  1. The Lexi Cinema on Chamberlayne Road is a unique independent cinema. Despite the gentrification, the area has kept its community feel. Great local parks like St Mark's, Little Wormwood Scrubs, Queen's Park Gardens and Emslie Horniman Pleasance. The area has one of the biggest and most famous cemeteries in London, Kensal Green Cemetery. Great shopping areas, Chamberlayne Road, Golborne Road and the northern end of Portobello Road, where North Kensington meets Notting Hill. The transport links are superb, with Ladbroke Grove, Kensal Green, Latimer Road and Kensal Rise stations all serving the North Kensington area. The Parlour restaurant on Regent Street is widely considered one of the best in North West London for a Sunday roast and I can vouch for that. If you happen to be a fitness freak, we have Kensington Leisure Centre, Jubilee Sports Centre, All Stars boxing gym and Moberley Sports Centre – which is currently being redeveloped. A vibrant, up and coming part of North West London.

  2. Leafy, mixed in terms of demographic, very diverse with different socio-economic backgrounds. Safe, nice atmosphere, easy to get to Notting Hill, Queensway, Westfield and town, or to escape out of town. I wouldn't live anywhere else. Lived here for 30 years...great mix of restaurants and cuisines.

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Child-friendly activities near North Kensington

Spencer Stage School: Tap Dance

Etheline Holder Hall
Tap classes - great for co-ordination, rhythm and to let children make some noise! Dance classes also available in Ballet, Street, Jazz and Pop Dance. Glee Club; learn the dance and sing the song! Drama Club, Parties and Private Lessons. We put the emphasis on fun and confidence building without compromising excellent technical training and safety. Website

Baby Rhyme Time

North Kensington Central Library
The Summer Reading Challenge and Bookcrawl are running in Kensington and Chelsea Libraries throughout the summer holidays, with activities and events designed to create a real buzz around children's reading. Website

Spencer Stage School: Mini Street

Etheline Holder Hall
Dancing, singing, stories, games, makeovers, discos and anything else your child may want for. Website

Little Kickers Football at Moberley Sports centre

Moberly Sports & Education Centre
Car park on site. Easy access by bus(no 6/187). Big indoor hall.

Westminster Warriors Basketball Club

Moberly Sports & Education Centre
The Westminster Warriors Basketball Club has been developing local talent across West London. We believe in teaching the proper fundamentals of basketball in a disciplined, safe, yet fun-filled environment. Our style of play is athletic, uptempo and exciting to watch, yet well-drilled, fundamentally sound and enjoyable to play. There are three teams - Local League under 16s male, National League under 18s male, National League under 20s male, Local League men & women and National League division 1 men Website

Westway Sports Centre


There is a ton of sport for juniors to enjoy at Westway! From football and tennis to climbing, Eton fives, wallball, netball and lots more, you can choose to play the sports you love. You will have the opportunity to try out different sports and also, if you want to, take your talent all the way through to performance level. Website

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