Everything you need to know about Ladbroke Grove from restaurants attractions to rental prices, history and shops!
Lovely Ladbroke Grove in West London has gone through a lot of changes over the years, from factory housing in the 1800s to a bohemian artist paradise in the 1960s. The British Underground scene grew up in neighbouring Notting Hill, and legendary rock star Jimmy Hendrix died here.
However, this is still the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, so it was only a matter of time before the wealthy families and media moguls moved in. Despite the high prices and posh boutiques, there are still plenty of cool, creative places to check out here. Read on to find out more - you might be pleasantly surprised!
History of Ladbroke Grove
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Evidence of life in Ladbroke Grove dates back to 700AD, but it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that the area really grew. New factories brought workers to the city, and rows and rows of terraced housing was built here for them. It remained a relatively poor, working class area into the 1970s, and was known for notorious landlord Peter Rachman, who moved large numbers of immigrants from the West Indies into properties in Ladbroke Grove.
Racial tension grew in the area, and there were riots and clashes at Notting Hill Carnival in both 1958 and 1976. Since the 1980s, the area has become incredibly gentrified like neighbouring Notting Hill, and is now considered to be one of the most exclusive areas of the capital. Gentrification has unfortunately forced out many of the former residents and creative types, pricing them out of the area and thus losing some of its former diversity and "credibility".
Cost of renting in Ladbroke Grove
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As you would expect from an area in West London, and next door to Notting Hill no less, renting doesn’t come cheap in Ladbroke Grove. This is a wealthy neighbourhood with great transport connections, and the cost reflects this. Most properties are flats, and houses very rarely come up for rent. If you’re on a budget but still want to live relatively nearby, check out our article on the cheapest places near Chelsea, or our guide to the best of West London.
Cheapest rent for a 2 bed flat: £1,430 pcm
Most expensive rent for a 2 bed flat: £11,267 pcm
Transport connections in Ladbroke Grove
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Fortunately for the lucky inhabitants, Ladbroke Grove is extremely well connected to the rest of London. Underground stations Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park are all nearby, giving you access to the District, Circle, Central and Hammersmith & City lines. There are plenty of buses, and even the Overground at Kensal Green isn’t too far away. You’ve got no excuse not to explore London!
Time to Oxford Circus: 8 minutes on the Central Line.
Time to Liverpool Street: 19 minutes on the Central Line.
Restaurants in Ladbroke Grove
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While you might want to avoid Crazy Homies if you’re looking for a quiet night, party animals and Mexican food fiends will love this place. The enchiladas are tasty, the cocktails boozy (we recommend the house margarita) and the music loud. It’s also got space available for rent, if you want to carry the party on with your nearest and dearest.Address: 125 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5QL Phone: 020 7727 6771
Located at the lesser-known Portobello Docks, Dock Kitchen is an eclectic European restaurant housed in a former Victorian warehouse. It’s undoubtedly cool, and the terrace is the perfect spot for al-fresco dinning in sunny weather.Address: Portobello Docks, 342-344 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5BU Phone: 020 8962 1610
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This tiny Italian place may only have 12 tables, but it has a very big reputation. Open since 1997, it was a fashion-industry favourite for many years (Madonna even visited once), and while the fashion set have moved on, the delicious menu and relaxed atmosphere make it still worth a visit.Address: 39 Chepstow Pl, London W2 4TS Phone: 020 7792 5501
You would be forgiven for confusing the interior of this elaborate cocktail bar and restaurant with the Palace of Versailles – everywhere you look there is another gilded mirror or Louis XIV chair. Glamour doesn’t come cheap, but your bill will probably include the sight of at least one very fashionable celeb!Address: 45 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AA Phone: 020 7229 2907
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Housed next door to the brilliant Electric Cinema (more on that later!), Electric diner serves classic American favourites in a cool, muted setting. Slide yourself into a red leather booth and feast on top-quality burgers, fries and milkshakes, before popping next door to watch the latest release.Address: 191 Portobello Rd, London W11 2ED Phone: 020 7908 9696
Shops in Ladbroke Grove
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Beloved by intellectual Londoners, Daunt sells a wide selection of travel books, non-fiction and literary classics, along with the latest best-sellers. They frequently have eminent writers in for talks and signings, if you’re looking for a little writing inspiration or just an interesting evening out. It’s also the perfect setting to curl up in a chair with a book for a few hours.Address: 112-114 Holland Park Ave, London W11 4UA Phone:020 7727 7022
As the name would suggest, Books for Cooks sells a wide range of cookery books. However, that’s not all – they also have a cafe serving dishes from their various books, and if you’re lucky you might be in time for the under £10, 3-course lunch special. Upstairs in the workshop you can enrol in cooking classes to improve your skills too.Address: 4 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, London W11 1NN Phone: 020 7221 1992
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The original venue of this famous record label’s record shop, this is THE place to come for music lovers in search of something obscure. The staff are all music-obsessed and very knowledgeable, and there are occasionally gigs in-store (although they sell out very quickly!)Address: 130 Talbot Rd, London W11 1JA Phone: 020 7229 8541
Those with gluten-intolerance look away now – Gail’s Artisan Bakery sells some of the best bread in London, and over 30 different types of it! They also have a great breakfast and lunch menu, which includes homemade flaky pastries, granola, sandwiches and salads. We recommend the potato and rosemary sourdough in particular – it’s heavenly.Address: 138 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DZ Phone: 020 7460 0766
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This amazing vintage furniture boutique is worth a visit, even if you’re budget is more IKEA than antique. They sell everything from rugs and chairs to ethnic masks and taxidermy, and you’ll find yourself lost in here for hours.Address: 328 Portobello Road, London, W10 5RU Phone: 07932 730 827
Attractions near Ladbroke Grove
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Situated beside Electric Diner, Electric Cinema is one of the oldest and most unique cinemas in London. Instead of folding seats, film buffs can enjoy large squishy armchairs, side tables with lamps, and even a double bed if they book early enough. They also host the incredible Edible Cinema a few times a year, where food and drinks are paired with a cult film.Address: 191 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED
Phone: 020 7908 9696
This beautiful, haunting Victorian cemetery is one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’, and was inspired by the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Famous inhabitants include Freddie Mercury, Ingrid Bergman and Harold Pinter.Address: Harrow Rd, London W10 4RA
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This live music and arts venue is packed to the rafters most weekends, when the cool media types flock there to enjoy cutting-edge DJs and crisp cocktails. With something on every night of the week, check out their upcoming events online and make sure you book a ticket!Address: 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ
Phone: 020 7460 4459
This quirky little museum showcases the history of consumer culture from the Victorian period to modern day. With over 12,000 items in the collection, including classic confectionery, household items, cars and even board games, you’re bound to lose a whole afternoon here.Address: 2 Colville Mews, London W11 2AR Phone: 020 7908 0880
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This famous market needs no introduction – it’s the world’s largest antiques market, after all, with more than 1000 dealers selling everything you could possibly imagine. New goods and fruit and veg are also for sale during the week, with the antique dealers descending on Saturdays. Head here early, and there’s no way you’ll go home without a bargain.
Bankrobber Gallery is an independent, small, cosy, edgy gallery showcasing the art of some of the best young talent London has to offer. It’s particularly known for displaying works of elusive street-graffiti artist Banksy.
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