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8–9 June 2019

8–9 June 2019

A Sunday walk around Notting Hill and North Kensington

By Area Coordinator Marlene Johnson

Please check garden opening times before starting your walk.

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This walk links gardens open on Sunday Please check garden opening times before starting your walk. We are fortunate that this area boasts some of the finest squares in London, and certainly some of the largest. Take the underground to Notting Hill Gate (Central Line) and begin your tour there.

Walk down Pembridge Gardens and you’ll come across the exquisite Pembridge Square – prizewinning and breathtakingly beautiful, with various ‘rooms’ where you can sit and smell the roses, ponder life in a wild garden or dappled woody glade, let the children run free in the play area or discuss planting techniques with the gardeners. You will pass a number of possible refreshment stops on the way to Ladbroke Square Garden, or take refreshments in the gardens themselves. This is a magnificent square, and one of the largest private squares in London. Flanked by Kensington Park Gardens on one side and Ladbroke Square on the other, you can get lost in its variety and beauty.

Rosmead Garden
Rosmead Garden (Photo: Colin Wing)

Now continue along Kensington Park Road and you’ll come across the little-altered Stanley Crescent Garden, built in 1852. After enjoying this shady, smaller square with its many old and protected trees, you can either go north to Rosmead Garden or alternatively walk back along Ladbroke Grove to visit the peaceful woodland Hanover Gardens, in the heart of the Ladbroke Estate. As it’s Sunday, the quiet, picturesque route to St James’s Gardens is not to be missed. Here you will find charming backstreets and wide avenues, and of course the odd pub or two. St James’s Gardens surround the church of the same name. Enjoy a break and a moment of quiet reflection as you admire the vista along Addison Gardens.

Now visit Norland Square, originally part of the Norland Estate which is just a 10-minute walk away. Enjoy drinks and cakes whilst listening to the birdsong, before taking off again along Holland Park Avenue towards Royal Crescent, in the direction of Shepherd’s Bush.

Just opposite the Hilton you’ll find the recently restored and award-winning Royal Crescent Gardens, also part of the Norland Estate and laid out in 1846 by Robert Cantwell. Royal Crescent Gardens will host Croquet and Cocktails – so what better way to end your tour? Once you’ve tried your hand at croquet and enjoyed a cocktail or two, you’ll be ready to take the subway back to Shepherd’s Bush underground, on the Central line – or perhaps it’s time to take a trip round Westfield, book a table for dinner or catch a film!