The only familiar parts of this scene are the buildings on the left. At this time Notting Hill Gate was one of the most fashionable shopping areas in London.
Its popularity was in part due to the arrival of the railway. The Metropolitan Railway was the first to open in 1868 on the north side. The Central Line opened in 1900 on the south side. It was nicknamed the ‘twopenny tube’ as this was the fare for a journey between Shepherd's Bush and the Bank. Inevitably a Lyons Tea Room was conveniently sited next to the station.
Even in the 1920s there was a lot of traffic. Omnibuses, cars and bicycles filled the roads. Despite this pedestrians can be seen casually strolling on the road, a feat few would dare to try today.
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