My New Neighborhood

My new hood, Earl’s Court is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London.  It is bordered by Chelsea, South Kensington, West Kensington, and Kensington.  Freddie Mercury, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Alfred Hitchcock at one point called Earl’s Court home.  Five hundred years ago, the area was mostly rural.  However, the construction of the Metropolitan District Railway station in 1865-1869 changed the area for good.   The twentieth century saw several different populations move into the neighborhood.  After World War II, the area was nicknamed ‘The Danzig Corridor’ since a number of Polish immigrants moved into the area.  The 1960s brought a wave of denizens from New Zealand and Australia giving rise to the nickname ‘Kangaroo Valley’.  The nickname still lingers today, however many of them have moved further away from the center of London.  There is a large Filipino British community in Earl’s Court Village.  The area has quite a few Asian restaurants and Filipino supermarkets.

In addition to Mercury, Princess Diana, and Hitchcock, many other famous people lived in the area.  Some of them include Howard Carter, the English Archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, Edwin Arnold, an English poet and journalist, Dame Ellen Terry, a Shakespearian stage actress, and Norman Lockyer, an English scientist and astronomer who discovered the gas helium.   This isn’t a complete list but it gives you an idea.

For music fans, the coffee house, The Troubadour, has a small music venue and since the 1950s,  Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and others have performed there.  In 2009, the cafe won the Best UK Cafe Award from Les Routiers UK.

I haven’t visited the addresses of all of these people and places yet, but I plan on tracking them down.  As I do, I will share photos and what I learn.  I’m excited to get to know London and my new neighborhood.  This is an exciting place.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.
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40 Responses to My New Neighborhood

  1. T.F.Walsh says:

    The place looks gorgeous… I could see myself living there, especially with the cafes. You’re very lucky… I want to see more photos of the place:)

  2. niasunset says:

    This is so beautiful and so exciting. It would be exactly so beautiful to visit there… and sure to follow you too 🙂 Thank you dear TBM, have a nice and enjoyable weekend, with my love, nia

    • TBM says:

      You would love it here Nia. So many things for you to photograph. And there are a few cats in my neighborhood that are beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. deslily says:

    well you certainly live in an interesting area! love the pictures! there’s so much history to be seen in England, I am sure you will photo all of it that you come by!

  4. Looking forward to all your future photos and writeups. You always make it so interesting!!

  5. It looks like a lovely place to live! How cute is that coffee house?! 🙂

  6. Caroline says:

    It’s looks like a great area, loads of things to discover. I’m not sure I’ve been there but I haven’t been in London for a while. At least 6 years, I can’t remember all of it.
    The café looks very nice.

    • TBM says:

      London is big so I’m not surprised you can’t remember it all. I’m still bumbling around finding my way to places. I love how much there is to discover and there seems to be something for everyone.

  7. Robin says:

    It looks and sounds like a wonderful neighborhood that will provide plenty of explorations and adventures. 🙂

  8. The Hook says:

    What a cool place to live – and create!

  9. Looks like a great area to live in! I haven’t seen London in 12 years, but it still looks amazing.

  10. Fergiemoto says:

    Pretty cool and fascinating! Nice to see and learn about where you live now.

  11. kymberlyyvonne says:

    I visited Earl’s Court when I was in London last summer. Such a lovely place to be. I can’t wait to go back.

  12. Gilly Gee says:

    Don’t leave the UK without leaving London!

  13. Melissa says:

    What a beautiful place, it’s like cultural eye candy!

  14. Jackie Cangro says:

    Looks like you’ll have a lot to explore in your neighborhood for a long time to come. Was there a reason you picked this neighborhood to live?

  15. Novroz says:

    Your place looks great!!
    I wish I can see England one day…and I hope you can visit all those places and share it with us 🙂

  16. Kristina says:

    It’s a very nice area, I love those beautiful houses, but I prefer to live a bit outside central London 🙂 And it’s cheaper, of course 🙂

    • TBM says:

      The neighborhoods here are cute, but it is odd living in the city. It is always so busy. But I love it…so much to see. Of course who knows, in the future I might want to live to a quieter place.

  17. Oooh, that’s a great area of London. I am sure you will enjoy staying there and I look forward to looking at your lovely photos.

  18. What caught my eye was the Filipino community and supermarket! Very interesting. I do know quite a number of academics who are finishing their PhD in Cardiff University. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I’m loving the diversity here! It makes it so much more exciting and fun. I wish your friends luck with completing their degrees. That’s awesome!

  19. Meredith says:

    I like it. Can’t wait to visit someday!

  20. Carl V. says:

    It all looks glorious. I’ve mentioned before how great a place it looks like for walking around in and I’m thrilled for you!

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