150 years ago, as Portobello Road market was established in the newly built Notting Hill north of Noting Hill Gate, the “Notting Hill Mystery” by Charles Warren Adams (alias Charles Felix) was published. This book is considered to be the fist modern detective novel. This is but one example of many exceptional literary episodes that have taken place on and around Portobello market.
The Portobello and Golborne Literary Walk is a project organised by a wide spectrum of artists, writers, traders and local historians in Portobello in commemoration of the area’s profoundly rich cultural history. Notting Hill has been home to some of the most brilliant writers in the English language, including James Joyce, Thomas Hardy, George Orwell, HG Wells and many others. Join us in celebrating these incredible people and their literature as we take you across this very special part of London.
This literary walk is brought to you in association with Book & Kitchen, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and the Colville Community History Project, with special thanks to Tom Vague. This is part of a larger ongoing literary project, Portobello Lit, to archive and document the rich literary history of Portobello and Golborne.