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Underground station · Holland Park · W11 ·
October
16
2015
Holland Park is a district, an underground station (and indeed a park) in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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Holland Park has a reputation as an affluent and fashionable area, known for attractive large Victorian townhouses, and high-class shopping and restaurants.

The district was rural until the 19th century. Most of it was formerly the grounds of a Jacobean mansion called Holland House. In the later decades of that century the owners of the house sold off the more outlying parts of its grounds for residential development, and the district which evolved took its name from the house. It also included some small areas around the fringes which had never been part of the grounds of Holland House, notably the Phillimore Estate and the Campden Hill Square area. In the late 19th century a number of notable artists (including Frederic Leighton, P.R.A. and Val Prinsep) and art collectors lived in the area. The group were collectively known as ’The Holland Park Circle’. Holland Park was in most part very comfortably upper middle class when originally developed and in recent decades has gone further upmarket.

Of the 19th-century residential developments of the area, one of the most architecturally interesting is The Royal Crescent designed in 1839. Clearly inspired by its older namesake in Bath, it differs from the Bath crescent in that it is not a true crescent at all but two quadrant terraces each terminated by a circular bow in the Regency style which rises as a tower, a feature which would not have been found in the earlier classically inspired architecture of the 18th century which the design of the crescent seeks to emulate. The design of the Royal Crescent by the planner Robert Cantwell in two halves was dictated by the location of the newly fashionable underground sewers rather than any consideration for architectural aesthetics.

Holland Park is now one of the most expensive residential districts in London.

Holland Park station, on the Central London Railway, opened on 30 July 1900. The station building was refurbished in the 1990s.


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Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 05:50 GMT   

Batham Family (1851 - 1921)
I start with William Batham 1786-1852 born in St.Martins Middlesex. From various sources I have found snippets of information concerning his early life. A soldier in 1814 he married Mary Champelovier of Huguenot descent By 1819 they were in Kensington where they raised 10 children. Apart from soldier his other occupations include whitesmith, bell hanger and pig breeder. I find my first record in the 1851 English sensus. No street address is given, just ’The Potteries’. He died 1853. Only one child at home then George Batham 1839-1923, my great grandfather. By 1861 he is living in Thomas St. Kensington with his mother. A bricklayer by trade 1871, married and still in Thomas St. 1881 finds him in 5,Martin St. Kensington. 1891 10,Manchester St. 1911, 44 Hunt St Hammersmith. Lastly 1921 Census 7, Mersey St. which has since been demolished.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree

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Tom Vague   
Added: 9 Sep 2020 14:02 GMT   

The Bedford family at 3 Acklam Road (1860 - 1965)
From the 19th century up until 1965, number 3 Acklam Road, near the Portobello Road junction, was occupied by the Bedford family.

When the Westway construction work began the Bedfords sold up and moved to south London. In the early 1970s the house was taken over by the North Kensington Amenity Trust and became the Notting Hill Carnival office before its eventual demolition.

Anne Bedford (now McSweeney) has fond memories of living there, although she recalls: ‘I now know that the conditions were far from ideal but then I knew no different. There was no running hot water, inside toilet or bath, apart from the tin bath we used once a week in the large kitchen/dining room. Any hot water needed was heated in a kettle. I wasn’t aware that there were people not far away who were a lot worse off than us, living in poverty in houses just like mine but families renting one room. We did have a toilet/bathroom installed in 1959, which was ‘luxury’.

‘When the plans for the Westway were coming to light, we were still living in the house whilst all the houses opposite became empty and boarded up one by one. We watched all this going on and decided that it was not going to be a good place to be once the builders moved in to demolish all the houses and start work on the elevated road. Dad sold the house for a fraction of what it should have been worth but it needed too much doing to it to bring it to a good living standard. We were not rich by any means but we were not poor. My grandmother used to do her washing in the basement once a week by lighting a fire in a big concrete copper to heat the water, which would have been there until demolition.

‘When we moved from number 3, I remember the upright piano that my grandparents used to play ’ and me of sorts ’ being lowered out of the top floor and taken away, presumably to be sold. I used to play with balls up on the wall of the chemist shop on the corner of Acklam and Portobello. We would mark numbers on the pavement slabs in a grid and play hopscotch. At the Portobello corner, on one side there was the Duke of Sussex pub, on the other corner, a chemist, later owned by a Mr Fish, which I thought was amusing. When I was very young I remember every evening a man peddling along Acklam Road with a long thin stick with which he lit the streetlights.’ Michelle Active who lived at number 33 remembers: ‘6 of us lived in a one-bed basement flat on Acklam Road. When they demolished it we moved to a 4-bed maisonette on Silchester Estate and I thought it was a palace, two toilets inside, a separate bathroom that was not in the kitchen, absolute heaven.’



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Susan Wright   
Added: 16 Sep 2017 22:42 GMT   

Ada Crowe, 9 Bramley Mews
My Great Grandmother Ada Crowe was born in 9 Bramley Mews in 1876.

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Joan Clarke   
Added: 2 Feb 2021 10:54 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens
My late aunt Ivy Clarke (nee Burridge) lived with her whole family at 19 Avondale Park Gardens, according to the 1911 census and she was still there in 1937.What was it like in those days, I wonder, if the housing was only built in 1920?


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PETER FAIRCLOUGH   
Added: 10 May 2021 14:46 GMT   

We once lived here
My family resided at number 53 Brindley Street Paddington.
My grandparents George and Elizabeth Jenkinson (ne Fowler) had four children with my Mother Olive Fairclough (ne Jenkinson) being born in the house on 30/09/1935.
She died on 29/04/2021 aged 85 being the last surviving of the four siblings

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Admin   
Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:17 GMT   

TV comes to Olympia
Over 7000 people queued to see the first high definition television pictures on sets at the Olympia Radio Show. The pictures were transmitted by the BBC from Alexandra Palace, introduced by Leslie Mitchell, their first announcer.

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David Jones-Parry   
Added: 7 Sep 2017 12:13 GMT   

Mcgregor Road, W11 (1938 - 1957)
I was born n bred at 25 Mc Gregor Rd in 1938 and lived there until I joined the Royal Navy in 1957. It was a very interesting time what with air raid shelters,bombed houses,water tanks all sorts of areas for little boys to collect scrap and sell them on.no questions asked.A very happy boyhood -from there we could visit most areas of London by bus and tube and we did.

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Dave Fahey   
Added: 6 Jan 2021 02:40 GMT   

Bombing of the Jack O Newberry
My maternal grandfather, Archie Greatorex, was the licensee of the Earl of Warwick during the Second World War. My late mother Vera often told the story of the bombing of the Jack. The morning after the pub was bombed, the landlord’s son appeared at the Warwick with the pub’s till on an old pram; he asked my grandfather to pay the money into the bank for him. The poor soul was obviously in shock. The previous night, his parents had taken their baby down to the pub cellar to shelter from the air raids. The son, my mother never knew his name, opted to stay in his bedroom at the top of the building. He was the only survivor. I often wondered what became of him.

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Brenda Newton   
Added: 5 Jun 2021 07:17 GMT   

Hewer Street W10
John Nodes Undertakers Hewer Street W10

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ken gaston   
Added: 16 Jan 2021 11:04 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens
My grandmother Hilda Baker and a large family lived in number 18 . It was a close community and that reflected in the coronation celebration held on the central green . I grew up in that square and went to school at Sirdar Road then St. Clements it was a great place to grow up with a local park and we would also trek to Holland Park or Kensington Gardens .Even then the area was considered deprived and a kindergarden for criminals . My generation were the first to escape to the new towns and became the overspill from London to get decent housing and living standards .

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Scott Hatton   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 15:38 GMT   

6 East Row (1960 - 1960)
We lived at 6 East Row just before it was demolished.

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Added: 4 Sep 2022 15:42 GMT   

Superman 2
I worked here in 1977. The scene in the prison laundry in Superman 2 was filmed here.

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Norman Norrington   
Added: 28 Dec 2020 08:31 GMT   

Blechynden Street, W10
I was born in Hammersmith Hospital (Ducane Rd) I lived at 40 Blecynden Street from birth in 1942 to 1967 when I moved due to oncoming demolition for the West way flyover.
A bomb fell locally during the war and cracked one of our windows, that crack was still there the day I left.
It was a great street to have grown up in I have very fond memories of living there.



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john ormandy   
Added: 20 Mar 2021 17:48 GMT   

Mary Place Workhouse
There was a lady called Ivy who lived in the corner she use to come out an tell us kids off for climbing over the fence to play football on the green. Those were the days.

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charlie evans   
Added: 10 Apr 2021 18:51 GMT   

apollo pub 1950s
Ted Lengthorne was the landlord of the apollo in the 1950s. A local called darkie broom who lived at number 5 lancaster road used to be the potman,I remember being in the appollo at a street party that was moved inside the pub because of rain for the queens coronation . Not sure how long the lengthornes had the pub but remember teds daughter julie being landlady in the early 1970,s

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Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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Julie   
Added: 22 Sep 2022 18:30 GMT   

Well Walk, NW3 (1817 - 1818)
The home of Benthy, the Postman, with whom poet John Keats and his brother Tom lodged from early 1817 to Dec., 1818. They occupied the first floor up. Here Tom died Dec. 1, 1818. It was next door to the Welles Tavern then called ’The Green Man’."

From collected papers and photos re: No. 1 Well Walk at the library of Harvard University.

Source: No. 1, Well Walk, Hampstead. | HOLLIS for

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Added: 4 Sep 2022 15:42 GMT   

Superman 2
I worked here in 1977. The scene in the prison laundry in Superman 2 was filmed here.

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TUM   
Added: 27 Aug 2022 10:22 GMT   

The Underground Map
Michael Faraday successfully demonstrated the first electrical transformer at the Royal Institute, London.

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Admin   
Added: 26 Aug 2022 15:19 GMT   

Bus makes a leap
A number 78 double-decker bus driven by Albert Gunter was forced to jump an accidentally opening Tower Bridge.

He was awarded a £10 bonus.

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Admin   
Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:44 GMT   

The world’s first underground train
The very first underground train left Paddington on the new Metropolitan Railway bound for Farringdon Street.

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Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:41 GMT   

Baker Street
Baker Street station opened on the Metropolitan Railway - the world’s first underground line.

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Admin   
Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:17 GMT   

TV comes to Olympia
Over 7000 people queued to see the first high definition television pictures on sets at the Olympia Radio Show. The pictures were transmitted by the BBC from Alexandra Palace, introduced by Leslie Mitchell, their first announcer.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Aubrey House Aubrey House is a large 18th-century detached house with two acres of gardens in the Campden Hill area of Holland Park.
Coach and Horses The Coach & Horses was situated at 108 Notting Hill Gate.
Earl of Zetland The Earl of Zetland - a pub in the Potteries
Horbury Chapel (Kensington Temple) In September 1849, the Horbury Chapel, Notting Hill was officially opened.
Mercury Theatre The Mercury Theatre was situated at 2a Ladbroke Road, next to the Kensington Temple.
St John’s Notting Hill St John’s Notting Hill is a Victorian Anglican church built in 1845 in Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill.
St John’s Hill St John’s Hill is the highest point in the area.
The Crown The Crown was situated at 57 Princedale Road.

THE STREETS OF HOLLAND PARK
Abbotsbury Close, W14 Abbotsbury Close is a road in the W14 postcode area
Abbotsbury Road, W14 Abbotsbury Road runs between Melbury Road and the road known as Holland Park.
Addison Avenue, W11 Addison Avenue runs north from Holland Park Avenue and was originally called Addison Road North.
Addison Crescent, W14 Addison Crescent consists of north and south sections.
Addison Gardens, W14 Addison Gardens stands on part of the Holland estate.
Addison Place, W11 In the nineteenth century, Addison Place was known by two names - Phoenix Place and Crescent Mews East.
Addison Road, W14 Addison Road stretches from Holland Park Avenue to Kensington High Street.
Anley Road, W14 Anley Road is a street in West Kensington.
Applegarth Road, W14 Applegarth Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Augustine Road, W14 Augustine Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Auriol Road, W14 Auriol Road is a street in West Kensington.
Avonmore Road, W14 Avonmore Road is a street in West Kensington.
Aynhoe Road, W14 Aynhoe Road is a street in West Kensington.
Beckford Close, W14 Beckford Close is a road in the W14 postcode area
Berghem Mews, W14 Berghem Mews is a street in West Kensington.
Blythe Mews, W14 Blythe Mews is a street in West Kensington.
Blythe Road, W14 Blythe Road is a street in West Kensington.
Bolingbroke Road, W14 Bolingbroke Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Boxmoor Street, W11 Boxmoor Street was also known as Henry Place and Beaumont Street during its brief life.
Boyne Terrace Mews, W11 Boyne Terrace Mews is a mews in Notting Hill, London W11.
Caithness Road, W14 Caithness Road is a street in West Kensington.
Carlton Mansions, W14 Carlton Mansions is a street in West Kensington.
Ceylon Road, W14 Ceylon Road is a street in West Kensington.
Dewhurst Road, W14 Dewhurst Road is a street in West Kensington.
Dunsany Road, W14 Dunsany Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Elsham Road, W14 Elsham Road is a street in West Kensington.
Farley Court, W14 Farley Court is located on Melbury Road
Faroe Road, W14 Faroe Road is a street in West Kensington.
Fenelon Place, W14 Fenelon Place is a road in the W14 postcode area
Fitz-George Avenue, W14 Fitz-George Avenue is a road in the W14 postcode area
Fitzjames Avenue, W14 Fitzjames Avenue is a street in West Kensington.
Girdlers Road, W14 Girdlers Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Gorleston Street, W14 Gorleston Street is a street in West Kensington.
Gratton Road, W14 Gratton Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Hammersmith Road, W14 Hammersmith Road is a street in West Kensington.
Hansard Mews, W14 Hansard Mews is a street in West Kensington.
Hansard Mews, W14 Hansard Mews is a road in the W12 postcode area
Hofland Road, W14 Hofland Road is a street in West Kensington.
Holland Gardens, W14 Holland Gardens is a road in the W14 postcode area
Holland House, W8 Residential block
Holland Park Avenue, W11 Holland Park Avenue is one of London’s most ancient thoroughfares.
Holland Park Gardens, W14 Holland Park Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Holland Park Ilchester Place, W14 Holland Park Ilchester Place is a street in Kensington.
Holland Park Mews, W11 Holland Park Mews runs between the two branches of the road known as Holland Park.
Holland Park Road, W14 Holland Park Road is a street in West Kensington.
Holland Park Road, W14 Holland Park Road runs between Addison Road and Melbury Road.
Holland Park Roundabout, W11 Holland Park Roundabout is a road in the W12 postcode area
Holland Park Terrace, W11 Holland Park Terrace is a street in Notting Hill.
Holland Park, W11 The roads known as Holland Park consist of three main branches.
Holland Park, W11 Holland Park is a road in the W14 postcode area
Holland Park, W8 Holland Park is a street in Notting Hill.
Holland Road, W11 Holland Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Holland Road, W14 Holland Road is a street in West Kensington.
Holland Road, W14 Holland Road is a road in the E13 postcode area
Holland Villas Road, W14 Holland Villas Road is a wide tree-lined avenue which runs between Upper Addison Gardens and the junction of Addison Crescent and Holland Road.
Ilchester Place, W14 Ilchester Place runs between Abbotsbury Road and Melbury Road, immediately adjacent to the southern boundary of Holland Park itself.
Ilchester Place, W14 Ilchester Place is a road in the W8 postcode area
Irving Road, W14 This is a street in the W14 postcode area
Lakeside Road, W14 Lakeside Road was built on the site of artificial lakes formed by local brickworks.
Lansdowne Mews, W11 Lansdowne Mews is a cul-de-sac in Notting Hill.
Lisgar Terrace, W14 Lisgar Terrace is a road in the W14 postcode area
Lorne Gardens, W11 Lorne Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.
Lower Addison Gardens, W14 Lower Addison Gardens runs between Holland Road and Holland Villas Road.
Masbro Road, W14 Masbro Road is a street in West Kensington.
Matheson Road, W14 Matheson Road is a street in West Kensington.
Melbury Road, W14 Melbury Road is a grand, sweeping avenue, laid out from 1875 onwards.
Milson Road, W14 Milson Road is a street in West Kensington.
Mornington Avenue, W14 Mornington Avenue is a road in the W14 postcode area
Munden Street, W14 Munden Street is a street in West Kensington.
Napier Road, W14 Napier Road is a street in West Kensington.
Netherwood Place, W14 Netherwood Place is a street in West Kensington.
Netherwood Road, W14 Netherwood Road is a street in West Kensington.
Norland Place, W11 Norland Place began its life as Norland Stables.
Norland Square, W11 Norland Square is a street in Notting Hill.
Oakwood Court, W14 Oakwood Court is a street in West Kensington.
Oxford Gate, W14 Oxford Gate is a road in the W14 postcode area
Park Close, W14 Park Close is a road in the W14 postcode area
Prince’s Yard, W11 This is a small cul-de-sac off of Princes Road.
Queensdale Road, W11 Queensdale Road is a long road stretching from west to east, containing terraces of Victorian houses.
Queensdale Walk, W11 Queensdale Walk is a small cul-de-sac with 2-storey cottages running south off Queensdale Road.
Redan Street, W14 Redan Street is a street in West Kensington.
Redlynch Court, W14 Redlynch Court is a block on the corner of Addison Crescent and Addison Road.
Royal Crescent Mews, W11 Royal Crescent Mews is a street in Notting Hill.
Royal Crescent, W11 The Royal Crescent is a Grade II* listed street in Holland Park.
Russell Gardens Mews, W14 Russell Gardens Mews is a street in West Kensington.
Russell Gardens, W14 Russell Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Sinclair Gardens, W14 Sinclair Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Sinclair Road, W14 Sinclair Road is a street in West Kensington.
Somerset Square, W14 Somerset Square is a street in West Kensington.
Souldern Road, W14 Souldern Road is a street in West Kensington.
Southcombe Street, W14 Southcombe Street is a street in West Kensington.
Springvale Terrace, W14 Springvale Terrace is a street in West Kensington.
St Mary Abbots Terrace, W14 St Mary Abbots Terrace is a street in West Kensington.
Stable Yard Ilchester Place, W14 Stable Yard Ilchester Place is a street in Kensington.
Stanwick Road, W14 Stanwick Road is a street in West Kensington.
Sterndale Road, W14 Sterndale Road is a street in West Kensington.
Sterndale Road, W14 Sterndale Road is a road in the W6 postcode area
Stonor Road, W14 Stonor Road is a street in West Kensington.
Strangways Terrace, W14 Strangways Terrace is a road in the W14 postcode area
Thackerey Court, W14 Thackerey Court is a block in the Holland Park area.
Upper Addison Gardens, W14 Upper Addison Gardens runs between Holland Road and Holland Villas Road.
Vernon Street, W14 Vernon Street is a road in the W14 postcode area
Westwick Gardens, W14 Westwick Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Windsor Way, W14 Windsor Way is a street in West Kensington.
Woodsford Square, W14 Woodsford Square is a 1970s development consisting of a series of interconnecting squares hidden away on the eastern side of Addison Road.

THE PUBS OF HOLLAND PARK
Lytton Estate Community Hall This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Stewart Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Albion This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Castle This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Havelock Tavern This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Jameson This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Mitre This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Richmond Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Unknown as yet This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


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Children of Ruston Close
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Notting Hill
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Pembridge Road (1900s)
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Kensington Park Hotel
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Abingdon Arms Pub, Abingdon Road.
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Children of Ruston Close
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St Peter's Notting Hill
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The Hippodrome, about 1840, showing St John’s Hill in the background.
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Abbotsbury Road, Holland Park (2008) These houses are just by an entrance to Holland Park. Further along the road was the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi meditation centre visited by the Beatles in 1967.
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Addison Road, W14 (1909) Addison Road takes its name from the essayist Joseph Addison who lived nearby at Holland House.
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Arundel Gardens
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Boyne Terrace Mews, W11
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3-4 Ladbroke Terrace in 2006.
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Hippodrome Place street sign
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Holland Park Avenue c.1900, looking west. Old postcard, reproduced courtesy of RBKC.
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