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London SW5 – Earls Court area

Earls court area

The Earls Court area has  some beautiful streets, not surprising as it is in fact an extension of Kensington and Chelsea, although many of these houses have been divided into rooms or converted into hostels and has become a point of arrival for many more than a place where to settle down.

Not that many years ago it was full of Australian and New Zealander travellers and was nicknamed Kangaroo Court, but  in the following years Australians have preferred  less central areas which are less expensive and more livable as Acton and Willesden.

Photo: © Copyright Danny P Robinson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Earls Court area has a choice of shared rooms, many of which, although relatively expensive, are of poor quality and are often rented to passing travellers, Eu students of English and recent immigrants.

It is an area where one can stay for a short period but not to be considered for a long stay, unless you have  a substantial budget that allows you to rent a decent apartment.

In the Earls Court area families, children or the elderly are almost absent. Most of the inhabitants are recent immigrants or passing people living in temporary homes. Over 70% of those who live there at any moment is temporary and staying from a few days to a few months.

There are also some council houses estates that have a more permanent population. But as in many other areas of London their numbers are decreasing, some neighborhoods have been demolished to make room for luxury apartments often bought for investment. Others have been bought by the tenants and often sold privately.

The Earls Court area certainly has a multicultural feeling, and there are plenty of lively pubs even if you might not meet  many Londoners. It is not a very green area and was also famous for Earls Court Exhibition Center, where there were fairs, various events and concerts.

Earls Court was a place of exhibitions and fairs from around 1870 and at the end of the 19th century it also had a Ferris Wheel that could hold more people than the London Eye! The Earls Court Exhibition Centre was opened in 1937  and closed in 2014, after that it was demolished together with the neighboring district to give space to a shopping centre and luxury apartments. The new project is said to be completed in 2033.

Earls Court has many inexpensive hotels and a good choice of fairly affordable restaurants around Earls Court Road.

Where is the Earls Court Area?

It is found in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea and is connected to the rest of London by the District Line and the Piccadilly Line. Earl’s Station on the District Line is a major hub with part of the line branching out to Olympia, Wimbledon and Edgware Road. The station has two exits, one on the Earls Court Road which is the one used by most and the other one on the Warwick Road, was meant to take people to the Exhibition Centre.
Note that the underground station is called Earl’s Court while the area is called Earls Court. The name comes from the fact that in the Middle Ages the earls of Oxford had a house in this area.
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