Earls Court Area Guide

Brief history to Earls Court

Earls Court is situated in Central and West London and is most famously renowned for being the home of Earls Court Exhibition Centre, one of the country's largest indoor arenas.

Once a rural area containing green fields and market gardens, Earls Court was under the lordship of the Vere family, Earls of Oxford. The De Vere family are one of the longest and most illustrious lines of nobles we have ever seen. They owned the area for over 500 years and was passed down through fifteen generations. Historians doubt that the family would have frequented the area at all, therefore the estate was managed through a manorial court, and this is how the area got its name: Earls Court.

Following construction of the Metropolitan District Railway Station between 1865-1869 Earls Court was transformed over a period of 25 years into a densely populated suburb.

In more recent years and notably during the 90s, Earls Court became renowned to be a haven for hostels, with huge influxes of backpackers in the area the neighbourhood had become slightly run down. Now very much improved.

Today, south of Cromwell Road you will find a tranquil conservation area containing fine examples of modest terraced townhouses painted in beautiful pastel shades. Many of the unique buildings are inhabited by foreign embassies. Restoration work has been continuous within the area, the black iron railings have recently been replaced having once been uplifted and used for scrap metal during WWII.

Types of Property in Earls Court

Impressive examples of early to mid-Victorian architecture are typical for the area. The beautiful Bramham Gardens is a fine example of the traditional garden squares the area is renowned for. There is a mix of luxury mansion blocks and grand houses many of which have been converted into contemporary style apartments.

London's smallest communal garden is hidden in the middle of ‘providence patch' built on the site of former stables which were later bombed in 1941. A glimpse of the ornate garden can be seen via the original stable entrance way in Walgrave Road.

Average rental prices

The average rental price of a studio flat would be in the region of £245.25 per week, a one bedroom flat £520.25 per week and for a two bedroom you would expect to pay £817.50 per week.

Council Tax Banding in the area ranges from A – £711.19 to H – £2,133.58. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Earls Court

Earls Court is particularly popular with young professionals and families.

Once home to Lady Diana who resided at 60 Collherne Court between 1979-1981. Her parents had purchased the property for her 18th birthday present and she lived happily there with friends as lodgers, until her marriage to Charles Prince of Wales. Both Alfred Hitchcock and Benjamin Britten both lived on Cromwell Road during the early part of the 20th century.

What to do in Earls Court

The Earls Court Exhibition Centre is possibly the areas most noted landmark, home to Crufts Dog Show, the Motor Show and the Ideal Home Exhibition. The Art Deco façade is well known throughout the country, built in 1937 it's busier today than it was when its doors first opened. Now in the process of redevelopment Earl's Court is being transformed into four new villages and a high street. London's Lord Mayor Boris Johnson has an incredible vision of community for the area, it's truly an exciting time in this unique part of Central and West London.

The Earls Court Road is a vibrant and busy area and home to many retail outlets and high street stores. Take a stroll down the Old Brompton Road and you will come across The Troubadour. Famous for its musical line ups, guest players have included Bob Dylan and Jimmy Hendrix. Retaining much of its 1950s feel it is the ultimate of evening experiences, with fine dining and great entertainment.

The Finborough Theatre, founded in 1980, on Finborough Road is an innovative and inspiring production house. With just 50 seats it proves a friendly and pleasant evening out. It has won a mass of awards for its plays which focus on new writing and the rediscovery of neglected works.

Transport

Excellently situated there are fantastic public service routes in and out of the area. The nearest tube stations are situated at Earls Court and West Brompton. There are numerous London buses to and from Earls Court.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

There are several good schools and colleges within the area. Bousfield Primary School and the Snowflake primary school were both awarded outstanding in their Ofsted Reports. Again the Snowflake Secondary School was awarded outstanding in their Ofsted Report and the Collingham School was rated good.

For more information on schools and colleges in the area please visit our specified section here.