The Alternative Guide to Westbourne Grove
SCP West is a short walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station on a corner plot of Westbourne Grove. The store was designed in 2007 by architects Munkenback & Marshall (now Munkenback & Partners) and features an open and inviting two-sided glass facade. The area in and around Westbourne Grove has undergone great change in the last few decades, here we cast our eye over some of its history and the cultural figures associated with it.
This term entered the Oxford English Dictionary as a synonym meaning “the exploitation of tenants of slum properties by unscrupulous landlords” after parts of Notting Hill, just north of where SCP West is situated, were rendered derelict in the 1960’s by the practices of the notorious slum landlord Peter Rachman, who himself died in 1962. His notoriety grew after his death following the 1963 Profumo affair, which revealed that both Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies had been his mistresses and that he had owned the mews house in Marylebone from where they based their trade. A sordid tale indeed.