North Kensington

Coordinates: 51°31′26″N 0°13′11″W / 51.523792°N 0.219598°W / 51.523792; -0.219598
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North Kensington
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North Kensington
North Kensington is located in Greater London
North Kensington
North Kensington
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ255795
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLondon
Postcode districtW10
Postcode districtNW10
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
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51°31′26″N 0°13′11″W / 51.523792°N 0.219598°W / 51.523792; -0.219598

North Kensington is an area of west London. It is north of Notting Hill and south of Kensal Green and in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The names North Kensington and Ladbroke Grove describe the same area.

North Kensington is where most of the violence of the Notting Hill race riots of 1958 occurred, and where the Notting Hill Carnival started. Ladbroke Grove tube station was called Notting Hill from its opening in 1864 until 1880, and Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove between then and 1919, when it was renamed Ladbroke Grove (North Kensington). It acquired its current name in 1938. The area was also once served by St. Quintin Park and Wormwood Scrubs railway station, until it closed in 1940.[1]

North Kensington was once known for its slum housing, but housing prices have now risen and the area on the whole is considered exclusive and upmarket, although expensive residences are interspersed with lower-income areas like the Lancaster West Estate.


Just to the east of the Old Oak Common site, Kensington and Chelsea Council has been pushing for a station at North Kensington/Kensal[2] off Ladbroke Grove and Canal Way, as a turn-back facility will have to be built in the area anyway. Siting it at Kensal Green, rather than next to Paddington itself, would provide a new station to regenerate the area.[3][4][5] Amongst the general public there is a huge amount of support for the project and Mayor Boris Johnson stated that a station would be added if it did not increase Crossrail's overall cost; in response, Kensington and Chelsea Council agreed to underwrite the projected £33 million cost of a crossrail station, which was received very well by the residents of the borough.[6] TfL is conducting a feasibility study on the station and the project is backed by National Grid, retailers Sainsbury's and Cath Kidston, and Jenny Jones (Green Party member of the London Assembly).[7]

Grenfell Tower fire[edit]

Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington was destroyed by fire in the early hours of 14 June 2017.[8] The fire killed 72 people and is the subject of a public inquiry.[9]

Notable residents and natives[edit]


  1. ^ "Disused Stations: St. Quintin Park & Wormwood Scrubbs Station (2nd site)". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ "The case for Kensal crossrail". Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. n.d. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Case for a Crossrail station gains momentum" (Press release). Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 1 July 2010.
  4. ^ Bloomfield, Ruth (24 August 2010). "Study to explore adding Crossrail station at Kensal Rise". Building Design. London.
  5. ^ "Crossrail at Kensal Rise back on the cards?". London Reconnections (blog). 27 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Council to pay for Crossrail station". London Evening Standard. 25 March 2011. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012.
  7. ^ Kensal Crossrail station would 'transform' the area, says deputy mayor. Regeneration + Renewal. 16 May 2011.
  8. ^ Malkin, Bonnie; Siddique, Haroon (14 June 2017). "What we know so far about the London tower block fire". Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  9. ^ Grenfell Tower: Inquiry opens with tribute to stillborn baby. BBC.
  10. ^ Joss Ackland (6 September 1997). "'I remember the smell of black, dusty sacks of coal'; WHERE I GREW UP". The Independent. Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Removal Men At No 10 - But Where Will PM Go?". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Nick Clarke". 24 November 2006. Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  13. ^ Mullin, Chris (11 May 2013). "This Boy: A Memoir of a Childhood by Alan Johnson – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2013.

External links[edit]

  • Notting Hill Nonsense, a website about life in North Kensington, the true heart of Notting Hill
  • Golborne Life, the community website for the Golborne Road area of North Kensington