Ladbroke Grove is probably most well known as a major part of the route for London's famous Notting Hill Carnival. However, the West London ‘road’ should also be credited for its great connections to other parts of the city.
Whilst many might have only heard about this part of London after the release of the song, ‘Ladbroke Grove’ by AJ Tracey, there are many other reasons as to why it should be recognised.
Although not actually a district of London in its own right, Ladbroke Grove – part of the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – has so much of its own character that many people think of it as one, distinctive place. More then just a road, as it is geographically described, Ladbroke Grove should be deemed as the general area which surrounds the nearby Notting Hill and Kensal Green. The Ladbroke Grove road itself does, however, run southwards from North Kensington to Holland Park.
A large part of its fame also probably comes the fact that Ladbroke Grove is a part of the main route for the Notting Hill Carnival, London’s diverse and colourful street carnival held every summer. Millions of tourists attend the event every year, but business travellers have grown fond of Ladbroke Grove because of its great connections to the rest of London. Ladbroke Grove station sits on both the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines, meaning much of London is within touching distance, whilst the nearby Heathrow Airport (just 15 miles to the west) enables the opportunity to travel domestically and overseas relatively simply.
It is for these reasons that demand for Ladbroke Grove serviced apartments is heightening, mainly because they could offer an ideal solution for staying for longer periods in the capital.
A big reason why businesses look to relocate to Ladbroke Grove is due to its perfect location, easily accessible thanks to good transport connections. For instance, Central London is easy to visit from Ladbroke Grove station, with the District, Circle, Central and Hammersmith & City lines all accessible.
Across the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, of which Ladbroke Grove belongs, there are over 18,000 businesses who employ around 120,000 people. These function mainly in the sectors of; retail, hospitality, real estate, medical and business services. There is also a strong visitor economy at large, which is fuelled by a range of iconic events, some in Ladbroke Grove. Attractions such as the London Museum quarter draw a lot of attention too, bringing around £3 billion into the economy every year.
Ultimately, the potential for business success is on offer in this Borough, with its internal locations, such as Ladbroke Grove, boasting a strong visiting economy and already promising economic climate. Guests staying in bright and spacious Ladbroke Grove corporate accommodation can see first-hand how the area has the capacity to support all forms of business undertaking.
Most of the economic and business support that existing and start-up companies can receive comes from the Portobello Business Centre or Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council. Across both of these websites, users can source information on how they can receive funding, advice, information on networking and knowledge of business infrastructure, across the local area and the borough as a whole.
Although evidence dates the history of Ladbroke Grove back as far as 700AD, many consider the London area’s true origins as truly arriving during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. In fact, up to this point, Ladbroke Grove was mostly farmland. It was 1819 that the land was inherited by James Weller Ladbroke who was the main driving force in the development of what was such a vague area.
It was not long before Ladbroke Grove was completely developed. It had a new lease of life, engulfed by lovely stucco properties and pretty gardens, all intersected by a north-south street which is now known as Ladbroke Grove Road. Much of the area’s character remains to this day too, despite some the buildings being destroyed throughout the World Wars.
One moment that does stick out in the history of the area is the Ladbroke Grove rail crash. Deemed as one of Britain's worst railway disasters, Ladbroke Grove continues to remember to this day the saddening events which took places in October 1999.
Those who choose to stay in spacious, open plan Ladbroke Grove furnished short lets will soon realise the rich history which is embedded across the town. One of the more popular historic sites and definitely worth visiting is the Museum of Brands. It is the home of the world’s largest collection of British consumer history and is one of the more popular attractions in Ladbroke Grove.
As we know, Ladbroke Grove holds its head high as a top-end, yet distinctive, London area. The popular Ladbroke Grove lyrics aside, there are plenty more reasons as to why someone should investigate what there is to do in this admired London area. Although visitors could easily make-do with the great array of Ladbroke Grove restaurants, pubs and cafes, the area and its surrounding London neighbourhoods also have much to offer in terms of attractions and things to do.
For one, it almost borders the famous Portobello Road, known for its antique market which takes place every Saturday. Portobello Road Market is one of London’s most notable street markets, occupied by over 1,000 dealers selling an amazing range of antiques and collectables. It truly is one of a kind, a lovable landmark completely unique to any other market nationwide.
The Ladbroke Grove Road is also surrounded by a lovely selection of both private and communal gardens. Ladbroke Square is perhaps the most recognised private garden. It is the ideal place to go if you are after some downtime by yourself or with the family throughout a potentially busy business trip.
As well as having the chance to be near this fantastic market, visitors to the area can also choose to stay in SITU's Ladbroke Grove short term accommodation solely to witness the Notting Hill Carnival. The annual event has lit up the streets of the capital since 1966, expressing Caribbean culture, creativity and unique community spirit. Around one million people attend the event every Summer, with many seeing the carnival display on the part of the route which runs through Ladbroke Grove Road (stretching as far northwards as the Anytime Fitness in Ladbroke Grove).
The carnival really is enough of a reason to visit the area, and those who book stays in Ladbroke Grove corporate housing can have the iconic festivities within a minutes walk away.
Areas of London benefit considerably from the array of easily accessible major airports, and this is no different for Ladbroke Grove. Either side of the area is London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and London City Airport (LCY). Both are around fifteen miles to the west and east respectively.
Otherwise, guests staying in SITU Ladbroke Grove aparthotels could have a taxi transfer arranged to take them to the airport of their choosing.
Ladbroke Grove station is situated at the intersection where the A40 passes over the Ladbroke Grove road, also a few seconds walk from the Camden Coffee House and local Sainsbury’s in Ladbroke Grove.
This underground station functions on the Circle and Hammersmith Lines between Latimer Road and Westbourne Park stations.
Although there is no railway station based within the boundaries of Ladbroke Grove, there are some stations within the close vicinity of the area which enable easy transit across London and beyond. The two closest railway stations are Paddington and Shepherd’s Bush, situated east and southwest of Ladbroke Grove respectively.
Evidently, Ladbroke Grove’s transport connections should not be discredited despite its size. This is no different in regard to buses, of which there is an extensive network of. There are at least twelve bus routes that stop at the Ladbroke Grove Road itself.
Bus passengers can travel to the following locations from stops in Ladbroke Grove; Euston, Westbourne Park, Bayswater, City of London, Kensington, Notting Hill, Shepherd’s Bush, Wembley, Willesden, Kilburn.