Aubrey House

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I used to live near this and regularly cycled past.


I used to find the view through the front gate particularly intriguing, as beyond it seemed to be a secret place of a far larger scale than the surrounding buildings all hemmed in tightly in this densely populated part of London.

Digging deeper it seems that the house dates from the 17th century - when it was the Manor House for the Notting Hill area.

It is now owned by a scion of the Tetrapak empire, the philanthropist Sigrid Rausing.

It has simply the most enormous garden - apparently the second largest private garden in London after Buckingham Palace.

You can also see it from the other side as you go down the very rural road next to Holland Park. From there it used to look rather down at heal.