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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? Or who Emslie Horniman was? Read on to find out the answers

Walk 17,000
Fancy walking 17,000 steps for a good cause? Kensington and Chelsea Foundation is running a 17,000-step-long sponsored walk from Al-Manaar Mosque on Acklam Road W10 to Chelsea Theatre in World’s End SW10. All proceeds to local charities.

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!

Morley College North Kensington
Take a look at Morley College North Kensington as you walk along Wornington Road and you'll see that it's undergoing a major renovation. Work will be complete in the autumn and there will be lots of new courses on offer

Sundays at Portobello Market
Summer Sundays at Portobello Market are back again this year. The Market will be open every Sunday from now until August 7th from 10 in the mroning until four in the afternoon

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

Green Golborne - every little helps
With the mainline railwayline, the Westway and busy Ladbroke Grove, pollution is a real issue for those who live in Golborne Ward. But as this Golborne corner shows, every little can help

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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