Area Spotlight – Golborne Road

By Mountgrange Heritage January 2024

Golborne Road, North Kensington W10

At the heart of North Kensington, Golborne Road has a style of its own, capturing the essence of a diverse and vibrant community. The eclectic market culture gives Golborne Road an authenticity that is a rarity nowadays. Hailed by Jamie Oliver as his favourite fish and chip shop, George’s fish bar has been serving the locals since the 1960s. While it is since the 1970s that Golborne Road has been known as ‘Little Morocco with a bit of Lisbon thrown in’. Home to the largest Moroccan and Portuguese communities in the UK, the cuisine on offer is outstanding and the backdrop of colour is reminiscent of the Marrakesh souks. The Lisboa patisserie and the Moroccan food stalls have been drawing people in for decades.

Standing proudly above it is Erno Goldfinger’s Grade II listed Trellick Tower which was opened in 1972 and dominates the landscape with its Brutalist style. In an age where antiques are being traded online more and more, it is a joy to be able to spend hours browsing in amazing shops like Les Couilles du Chien, 88 Antiques, Arbon Interiors and Phoenix on Golborne. Naturally there is room for young blood in the village and the arrival of Thomas Straker’s first restaurant Straker, Caia and The Counter are testament to the reality that the community is constantly evolving and diversifying to meet the demands of the local residents. The best days to visit Golborne Road are Fridays and Saturdays when the market is in full flow with stalls selling food, antiques, bric-a-brac, furniture, plants and flowers.

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