Ladbroke Grove is a main road in west London on the route of the annual Notting Hill Carnival and also the name given to the surrounding area running from Notting Hill in the south to Kensal Green in the north. It also has the nearest tube station to the famous Portobello Road Market, the world’s largest antiques market.
The area has a mixed population including wealthy celebrities, those living in the large housing estates, and a long-established Arab community. As a result, Ladbroke Grove is home to restaurants offering everything from Turkish, Thai, Mexican, Swedish and Japanese including Pakistani restaurant Maramia, French restaurant La Sophia and celebrity chef Stevie Parle’s Dock Kitchen. Portobello Market, meanwhile, brings together antiques alongside food (Monday-Wednesday), new fashion (Friday and Saturday), households goods and bric-a-brac.
The street of Ladbroke Grove is named after James Weller Ladbroke, who developed the Ladbroke Estate in the mid nineteenth century, while its most famous building the Serbian Orthodox Church of St Sava is just off Ladbroke Grove. Originally built in 1903 as an Anglican church of St Columba, the church was remodelled and re-consecrated in 1952 to serve a growing number of refugees following the Second World War.