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Self-guided Walks and Rides

Notting Hill Gardens and Squares


The Ladbroke Estate was laid out as a planned garden suburb with a coherent layout of concentric crescents and large communal gardens whose features were first suggested in a plan by architect and estate surveyor Thomas Allason in 1823. His scheme was later modified by others, including James Thomson, although he remained involved until his death in 1852. During the lull in building development, the land was leased for a time for a racecourse, the Hippodrome, built by John Whyte in 1837. The venture floundered, the course proving too heavy going, and it only operated from 1837-41. Building started in the 1840s; the outer concentric crescents date from the 1860s. After Allason's death, artist and designer Thomas Allom was responsible for the next phase of development.

This is a walk around some of the gardens of Notting Hill, starting at Holland Park station and finishing at Notting Hill Gate station. The walk is specifically designed for use on the Sunday of Open Garden Squares Weekend and the gardens are generally arranged in the order in which they open and close. The total length of the walk is about five kilometres or three miles. You may like to note that very few of the gardens featured have toilets and that the only public toilets in Notting Hill open on Sunday are in Avondale Park. Please be aware of your personal safety and security when walking. Use this text in conjunction with a detailed street map and use designated road crossings where possible.