Neighbourhood Guide: Golborne Road

A thousand years ago, the area now called Golborne Road was just a small patch of the great forest of Middlesex and was used as farmland until the 1870s, when the footpath connecting Kensal to Portobello was widened into the lively and eclectic street we know and love now.

It has been at the heart of London’s vibrant migrant communities, welcoming people from Ireland, the Caribbean, Morocco, Portugal, Ethiopia and many more throughout the past century.

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Golborne Road hosts a daily street market with fresh produce, hot food from around the world and everything from Moroccan carpets to vintage dresses, furniture to shoes, and key-cutting to barbers.

No guide to the neighbourhood would be complete without a mention of iconic Brutalist building, Trellick Tower. The Grade II listed tower was built for social housing in 1972. Designed by Hungarian architect Erno Goldfinger, it features numerous unconventional design elements that make it instantly recognisable.

Here are our picks of the neighbourhood, just a stone’s throw from our North Kensington Centre:

Tim and Jess started creating exquisitely crafted silk scarves with edgy designs in 2014, and have expanded into outfitting your entire timeless rock’n’roll wardrobe – and lux interiors. We love their silk scatter cushions! Look out for their design on The Rhythm Studio’s exclusive t-shirts.

Rellik has been keeping the residents of Golborne Road and beyond well-dressed for more than twenty years. A unique and independently owned vintage boutique, Rellik stocks women’s clothing and accessories from the 1930s to today. Take some time to enjoy a good rummage – not only will you find the most amazing designer pieces at reasonable prices, you’ll be shopping more sustainably too!

A double whammy within 4 minutes of each other. Pick up a full setup (plus the necessary garms) at Halfpipe London, where the expert team will even custom print your own deck design. Then it’s time to head under the Westway for a session at BAYSIXTY6, a covered skatepark with events, beginners nights and its very own Skate Academy.

Lisboa Patisserie might be one of Golborne Road’s longest-running cafes, but don’t think that means their famous pastel de natas hang around for long! Get there early at the weekend to enjoy a delicious custard tart with a strong bica (Portuguese espresso) at one of director Stanley Kubrick’s favourite London haunts.

At the foot of the iconic Trellick Tower, Laylow is a restaurant and a club. The rich history of music is definitely evident in this neighbourhood. We recommend checking out a gig – perhaps you’ll even be inspired to learn a new instrument at Morley.

All the best adventures start with something delicious, and we can’t get enough of this Scandi haven. Open-topped sandwiches (known as Smørrebrød) are perfect for nibbling and sharing between friends, cakes and pastries (known as wienerbrød to the Danes) make the ideal sweet
treat and the coffee is of course delicious. A true feast, fit for any viking!

Enjoy some sunshine with the vibrant Mediterranean flavours of this deli and all-day bistro at the heart of Golborne Road. Sit outside in sunnier months and soak up the atmosphere with flavoursome vegan, gluten
free and veggie dishes among Italian classics – a real neighbourhood favourite.

The Moroccan Fish Stall is a Golborne Market institution. Try Moroccan-spiced sea bass or king prawns with all the trimmings. The stall is run by a no-nonsense crew who take their fish very seriously, and is extremely popular when the market is in full swing – we recommend getting there early!

Antiquing is a perfect London pastime – and on Golborne Road, you have plenty of choice. Pick up beautifully crafted Victorian bureaus and French
cabinets at Phoenix on Golborne. With a seriously good vintage collection downstairs, you can lose yourself for a stylish afternoon. Then head next door to Les Couilles du Chien to find unusual and decorative antiques and
natural history curiosities. And across the road to Kokon To Zai where you will find the most amazing objects gathered from all over the world.

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