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2013 Review
Golborne Life review of 2013
Golborne Life would like to wish all our readers a happy and prosperous 2014, and we'd thought we'd take this opportunity to review what happened on Golborne Road and around during 2013

Galicia: 25 years in Golborne
Galicia, the restaurant and tapas bar long a favourite neighbourhood haunt, has just turned 25. Since Golborne and Portobello restaurants come and go at a bewildering speed, what's the secret of Galicia's longevity and popularity?

Goldfinger Factory
Goldfinger Factory at Trellick
Goldfinger Factory is an innovative new social business that Oliver Waddington-Ball (pictured) has just started up in Golborne. The furniture upcycling project occupies two shop units at the base of Trellick Tower

David Benson
Kensington Aldridge Academy meet the head
As construction of the new Kensington Aldridge Academy continues, Golborne Life met the new school's head, David Benson (pictured). The school is set to open in September 2014, along with a new sports and swimming centre next door

London Villages
Book review: London Villages and special offer
London Villages, by Zena Alkayat, explores 37 London villages, and one of them is our very own Golborne. And Golborne Life has a special offer on the book for readers

Fiona Hawthorne, Aspects of Carnival
Carnival art on Portobello Wall
There's new art on the Portobello Wall, between Cambridge Gardens and Golborne Road. The exhibition, entitled 'Aspects of Carnival', is by artist Fiona Hawthorne, who lived in North Kensington for 30 years until a recent move to Shepherd's Bush

Local chef Mayouad Ali
Local chef in national press
Local chef Mayouad Ali, whose gourmet French cooking you can try at La Sophia on Golborne Road, has been busy lately giving interviews to The Guardian and doing live cooking demonstrations at the prestigious Halal Food Festival

Lappings, Lemel & Sweeps
Lappings, Lemel & Sweeps
Jewellery students from Kensington and Chelsea College have made a film about Hatton Garden, Lappings, Lemel & Sweeps. The film explores the story of the jewellery trade through interviews with designers and makers

Focus on business: Hutch
Georgia Hendey has recently opened Hutch at 61 Golborne Road, selling furniture, homewares and gifts. You can expect to find French and English antique furniture, Swedish and Portuguese ceramics, linen cushions and cotton throws

New York Times
New York Times finds Golborne Road
If you've only heard of one American newspaper, it's probably the New York Times. Now one of its journalists, Rita Konig, obviously a woman of excellent taste, has written a glowing piece about the charms of Golborne Road

White Knight Laundry
White Knight Laundry plans
The new owners of the former White Knight Laundry site on Kensal Road have applied to demolish the building and replace it with student housing, shops and studios. The Golborne Forum has lodged an objection to the application

Grand Union Centre
Golborne Forum calls for better design
Taylor Wimpey and Workspace already have outline planning permission to demolish the Grand Union Centre on Ladbroke Grove and build flats, studios and shops, but Golborne Forum has called for better design

White Knight Laundry
White Knight Laundry to close
White Knight Laundry, operating in Kensal New Town since 1933, is to close with the loss of 75 jobs. This ends Kensal New Town's historic connection with laundry work which dates back to the mid-19th century

Literary festival in Golborne
The first Notting Hill International Book Festival, Nibfest, will be holding a range of events at the Flyover venue under the Westway on Friday 12th and Sunday 14th April, with other events elsewhere in North Kensington on Saturday 13th April

Earl Derby
Former Earl Derby pub reprieved
An application to convert the former Earl Derby pub (most recently the Retro Bar) on the corner of Bosworth Road and Southern Row into eight flats has been turned down by Kensington and Chelsea Council

Middle Row School
New Middle Row school gets go-ahead
The Council has given the go-ahead for a new three-storey school on the current Middle Row Primary (pictured) site. The plans include provision for 42 homes and two commercial properties which will help to fund the development