Abbotsbury Road takes its name from one of the Dorset estates of the Earl of Ilchester. It is exclusively residential.
It is a wide tree-lined street and most houses have off street parking – some with their own garages. The road has humps in it to slow down the traffic. Traffic can go both ways. The south end is very close to the shops in Kensington High Street
, and the north end to the shops in Holland Park
Avenue. Holland Park
itself is next to the road.
Work began in the early years of the 20th century, but only Nos. 3-9 odd, and 8-10 and 24-28 (even) were built before the Second World War.
During the 1960s houses and blocks were built on the west side of Abbotsbury Road. These include Abbotsbury House, a 10-storey block of flats, and Abbotsbury Close
, a series of small crescents with houses and landscaped gardens, designed by Stone Toms and Partners and built by Wates Builders.
The brick houses are fairly uniform in appearance. Most have small front gardens or yards, and decent sized rear gardens. Some are terraced, and some are semi-detached.
Many of the houses have wooden shutters on either side of the main windows, which are painted white.
Some of the houses overlook the large garden at the rear of the Peacock House in Addison Road
and many at the front, have a good view of Holland Park
over the road.