Your guide (ex BBC reporter Richard Carruthers) lives in Notting Hill and will entertain you with quirky tales of the neighbourhood history. We start at St John’s Church with its organ that accompanied slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce’s sermons. We walk down Portobello Road's famous market with other film locations like the Travel Bookshop and Hugh Grant's 'Blue Door'. We visit the Portobello Gold pub where the Sex Pistols drank and president Bill Clinton didn’t pay his bill. We pass London's oldest cinema ‘The Electric’ where the ‘Rillington Place’ serial killer worked as a projectionist. We see the mural of Clash singer Joe Strummer and visit Sarm Studios where Led Zeppelin recorded ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and Bob Marley ‘Exodus’. We see where the 1956 race riots started and the 2 Michelin star restaurant where diners were robbed in the 2011 riots. Caribbean food and Prince Harry’s favourite bar are next and we end with the Grove’s designer boutiques and organic food stores. En route we see the homes of George Orwell and Claudia Schiffer.
Tour duration depends on whether you want to stop for a drink at the ‘Banksy’ pub - but is usually between 2 & 3 hours and can be customized to suit your availability. I am available any day any time but recommend daylight hours.
The cycling tour covers a wider area starting with architecturally outstanding Clarendon Cross and its pottery kiln. Next is Golborne Road or ‘Little Morocco’ framed by Ernst Goldfinger’s imposing Trellick Tower. We finish by cycling along a pretty forested section of the Grand Union Canal. Bring your own or hire a Barclays Bike from the docking station on Portobello Road. The default tour is on foot unless you request biking - for which you should bring a safety helmet and have on road experience - I do not have public liability insurance and cannot be held responsible for accidents and injuries.
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