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PUBLIC HOUSE – THE KPH, NOTTING HILL’S LAST STAND

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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
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    The KPH pub in London's Notting Hill. A thriving community centre, the KPH has been a pub for 150 years serving the area throughout its rich and diverse history. However the pub has fallen victim to social cleansing and unless it can be saved by resindents and the local council, it will close and become a luxury development.
Public House – The KPH, Notting Hill’s Last Stand

Words by Ed Vulliamy.

This project is about one place, one pub, one very special meeting place, that had to go. A pub that was – like so many others – the heartbeat of its community, our indoor, urban village green, a place stood for fun, conviviality, community and authenticity. A pub called the Kensington Park Hotel on Ladbroke Grove in Notting Hill. Just one pub, one story – but it could be so many others, and so many other places or stories. It was a pub that stood for and epitomised so much that was good about London, but is now irreparably lost, which can no longer be tolerated, and is crushed by the stampede of greed.

A two-year fight ensued when SWA real estate company bought the building and wanted the land-lord, Vince Power CBE out. Power brought Prince and Bob Dylan to London and has a proven track record of successful venues that provided live music and good company. In the three years of his tenure, he made the place a home from home for the community. However the building is worth millions and SWA fought with their wallets and Power lost. It’s a Pyrrhic victory for the developers though since the law has dictated that it must remain a pub. However, should that pub prove unsuccessful (and few locals go in there now) that edict can be rescinded.  After 150 years of standing on the corner, the way the KPH is now being wound down to extinction feels palpable. Presumably in (short) time, luxury flats will supplant the upstairs theatre bar and in time, as the pub declines in trade, an estate agent, which was the developers’ original remit.

So we present its story – our story – here as metaphor, as parable, as cautionary tale – and ultimately a requiem for, and tribute to, something valuable that is being obliterated in London and other cities, never to be replaced.

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