Things become edgier on the northern side of the Westway. Ladbroke Grove, so gentrified at the Holland Park end, is here lined with late-night shops and fast-food joints, and overlooked by local authority housing, though there are also some handsome houses, long since converted into flats. Portuguese cafés feed a mini expat community, and an indoor market turns the thundering Westway to its advantage. At the area’s northernmost boundary, you’ll find the green oasis of Kensal Green Cemetery (the first of London’s grand Victorian burial grounds) and architect Ernö Goldfinger’s 31-storey Trellick Tower, Grade II*-listed, and a modernist icon.
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Completed in 1972, Ernö Goldfinger’s 31-storey Trellick Tower, built as social housing in the style of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, is perhaps London’s most famous brutalist building, and has gained iconic status among architecture fans. The Grade II-listed tower is a desirable address, with flats in the upper storeys boasting views as far as the South Downs. The entry lobby and a couple of flats are often open for tours as part of Open House London weekend, held in September, but be warned: Trellick Tower is one of the hottest tickets at this annual event.
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Burger & Lobster West India Quay
Please note, Burger and Lobster’s menu is now full a la carte and prices have changed. Time Out Food editors, January 2018. This West India Quay branch of Burger & Lobster has its lobster tank on view, so you can see what you'll be eating, if you're into that kind of thing. Alternatively you can watch the bartenders whip you up a fancy cocktail from the comfort of a barstool, or sit down to a more private meal at your own table. Born from the minds of four schoolmates on a rooftop in London, this restaurant chain grew from a pop-up in a Mayfair boozer to ten branches London-wide, and more to boot around the the world. In case the name isn't enough of a hint, these guys specialise in lobsters and burgers. It might come across gimmicky, but ignore that initial impression because if you're after good lobster, you'd be hard pressed to find it at better value for money than here. You can get a lobster (boiled, grilled or in a brioche roll with mayo) with a substantial salad and french fries for £23-£31, depending on how you have it and which branch you're in. For a smaller budget, the beef burgers will set you back £16.
Venue says: “Simply the best burger and lobster in town!”