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End of an Era: George's chippie to close

Much-loved local chippie George's Portobello Fish Bar has announced that it is to close its doors for the final time on Saturday July 20th, 2024. This unwelcome news comes 63 years after George's first served fish and chips to hungry Golborne residents in 1961

Golborne Cafés
One thing you'd have to say Golborne neighbourhood is not short of is cafés, and the good news is that there are some really brilliant places for a coffee, a snack and even a meal. Here's a choice selection of just a few of the ones we love

Portobello Nights Vegan Market
Portobello Nights vegan market has announced a set of upcoming fortnightly dates under the Westaway Canopy starting on Wednesday, May 1st and going through the summer

Volunteer as a Portobello Road Market Ambassador
Here's your chance to get right to the heart of our community by becoming a volunteer Markets Ambassador at Portobello and Golborne Markets. Your task will be to help visitors get the most out of our world-famous markets

Golborne interiors
In the mood to freshen up your interior décor? You'll find that there's no shortage of businesses in Golborne ready to help you to do just that. Here are just some of the shops which could provide inspiration for updating your home.

Why buy when you can borrow?
Lots of DIY, gardening and household jobs need a particular tool. It might be a drill, an electric hedge trimmer or a sewing machine. Those items don't come cheap and need storage. But Library of Things lets you rent such items at reasonable prices

The People's Kitchen at Panella
Panella, in partnership with sustainable furniture business Goldfinger, runs the monthly People's Kitchen. It's an event that offers people a chance to meet up with friends old and new while enjoying a delicious free meal

New mural at Emslie Horniman's Pleasance
A new mural has been unveiled at recently refurbished children's playground in Emslie Horniman's Pleasance. The artwork was created by local artist Junior Tomlin with the help of children from nearby Ark Brunel Primary Academy

Twenty-five years of continuity on Golborne Road
Earlier this year we ran a feature, "Twenty-five years of change on Golborne Road", with photographs of Golborne shops taken 25 years ago that have since disappeared. But for this feature we've chosen shops that have survived

Community mural on Acklam Road
Students from Kensington Aldridge Academy have brightened up a stretch of Acklam Road with a mural depicting the flags of African and Caribbean nations

Twenty-five years of change on Golborne Road
Twenty-five years ago in 1998, a photographer called Brian Rybolt completed an extraordinary photography project. We've gone back and photographed some of the shops as they are now

Love Supreme moves into old church
The latest occupant of the former church at 92 Golborne Road is Love Supreme Projects offering a wide range of yoga, chanting, dance and meditation classes

Kensington and Chelsea's Running Mayor
Gerard Williams is Kensington's Running Mayor and his job is to promote exercise and wellbeing in our borough. He's part of a national network of running mayors, Run Some, an organisation created to make running more accessible within communities

Fifty years of Trellick
There's one golden anniversary that's well worth marking this year in Golborne Ward. It was in June 1982 that Trellick Tower was completed. Ever since, its 31-storey, 322-foot bulk has soared above the local skyline

Obituary - Eddie Adams
Eddie Adams, a Golborne Ward resident and social activist for many years, sadly died in the summer aged 85. Eddie, a life-long socialist and a well-known figure in the area, was involved in many campaigns over the years

Streetrunner home delivery service
Golborne now has its own delivery service and you only need spend £15 for free delivery. Streetrunner is a not-for-profit company founded by Jacob D. Retty, a local resident from a market stall family

Emslie Horniman's Pleasance
Emslie Horniman's Pleasance is the beautiful park that generations of Golborne residents have enjoyed since it officially opened in 1914. But how many know the history of the park's origins?

Maternity Champions
Based at the Venture Centre, the Maternity Champions project offers support to expectant and new parents. There's a programme of fun and informative activities - and they're all FREE!

The greening of Acklam Road
Acklam Road runs beneath the Westway flyover - hardly the most attractive of environments. But local residents from the adjacent Swinbrook Estate decided to do something about it. And so was born the Greening of Acklam Road project

A Windrush Generation exhibition
An exhibition titled Windrush Generation: London is the Place for Me is coming to North Kensington Library from Wednesday 22 June until Friday 28 October 2022. The organisers are looking for people to share their memories of the era

Crooked land speculator in Golborne
A property speculator in Golborne was caught out in a scam to inflate prices for a parcel of land needed for a new railway line. It’s murky story, and it all happened some 160 years ago. The new rail route was the Hammersmith and City Line

A Spell For Wornington Green
This enchanting film was shot over 2020 and 2021 at a time when we were all enduring Covid lockdowns. Wornington Green Estate resident Natasha Longridge tells the story of what was happening on the estate during those months in a short film directed by Constantine Gras

3,500 new homes for North Kensington
The old gasworks behind the Ladbroke Grove Sainsbury's superstore is to undergo a major redevelopment. Included will be up to 3,500 new homes, retail, leisure and community facilities, as well as a new park

Canal towpath walks
We have two walks heading east along the Paddington Branch of the Grand Union Canal which passes along the northern boundary of Golborne Ward
A walk along the canal - Part 1
A walk along the canal - Part 2

E-scooters for hire
An trial e-scooter hire programme has now started in Kensington and Chelsea with two pick-up/drop-off points in Golborne Ward. E-scooters are actually illegal except on private land, but the ones involved in this scheme are legal

Restaurant Review: Thai Rice
Thai Rice at 303 Portobello Road is part of a small chain with three other restaurants dotted around west London. It offers authentic Thai food in a relaxed atmosphere and it's also great for deliveries.

Three of our favourite market traders
Golborne Road and Portobello markets are central part of our neighbourhood. Here we take a look at three of Golborne Ward's most popular street traders. We've got fish, flowers, coffee and cocktails to choose from

Golborne Forum - What's it all about?
Golborne Forum chair Roger Roberts writes to explain what the Forum is all about. The Forum, which publishes this website, works to get a good deal for everyone in Golborne Ward and anyone who lives or works here can join

How times change...
People who have lived in Golborne long-term know how much the area has physically transformed over the years and decades. Here are some photos that show how drastic those changes have been on just one street - St Ervans Road

Portobello Wall Art
Tony Thomas is the artist behind the twelfth edition of the Portobello Wall Public Art Project currently exhibiting now on the Portobello Road stretch of wall between Oxford Gardens and Golborne Road.

Too big for the bin
One of the things that's less than delightful about Golborne is the distressing amount of fly-tipping. But there are good alternatives to flytipping unwanted items.

Old Golborne's slum clearance
Dave Walker, of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Local Studies Department based at the Hornton Street library has another intriguing post about North Kensington on the excellent Library Time Machine blog

Restaurant review: Palki
Golborne Life takes a look at one of the neighbourhood's longest established restaurants, Palki. If you love Indian food that's a cut above the usual fare, then this eatery at 312 Ladbroke Grove will be right up your street.

Golborne Road shops in days gone by
The RBK&C local studies librarian Dave Walker recently posted a fascinating two-part piece about Golborne Road shops on the Library Time Machine Blog. The first post looks at photos from 1969-70 and the second part publishes photos from 1997-98.

Focus on Business: Sharp & Flask
You might have noticed Danny Di Giulio's smart new barbershop, Sharp and Flask, that's recently appeared on Golborne Road. It's up at number just by the railway bridge in the more-or-less derelict site that was redeveloped last year

Is there a "Science District" in Golborne?
Writing on the Library Time Machine blog, RBK&C local studies librarian Dave Walker freely admitted that he'd made up a neighbourhood in Golborne, the Science District. But there are (or were) actually four streets in the area named for scientists

Local history: St Joseph's Home for the Elderly
Golborne has seen many changes over the years, changes that continue with developments like the renewal of the Wornington Green Estate. One big change that happened in the 1980s was the demolition of St Joseph's Home for the Elderly

Wild West 10
Golborne Road film online
Oral history documentary about Golborne Road, Wild West 10 - Golborne Stories of Struggle and Resistance, made by Year 5 children from Bevington Primary School and arts organisation Digital:Works is now available to watch here

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