SW5 is a postcode area in central London that covers the entire district of Earls Court. In the late 1960s, the area was popularly known as Kangaroo Valley as it housed a huge population of Antipodeans. Over time, Filipino and British communities settled in the area and continue to call it home today. SW5 has had the distinction of witnessing various firsts in the country. The first ever escalator to be installed in all of UK was at Earls Court station, while the first ever supermarket in Britain also opened in the vicinity in the mid 1950s. Before she was engaged to Prince Charles, Princess Diana lived in one of the beautiful houses in Earls Court.
SW5 has several retail businesses as well as corporate houses vying for office space in the vicinity. From specialist florist shops, to book stores for children and adults, to chemists and boutiques Ė SW5 has all kinds of retail spaces that will delight shoppers. The numerous serviced offices in the area are occupied by different types of businesses including courier companies, locksmiths, antique dealers, computer engineers, publishers and electrical wholesalers among others.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The Troubador is perhaps one of the most famous entertainment venues in the area. World renowned artists such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix have graced its stage and the popularity of the place has not diminished since. For dining options, you can head to Byron for great American food or to Masala Zone for their famous Indian curries and kormas. In fact, there are many options available in the area, enabling you to sample everything from tasty international cuisine to hearty British meals.
Earls Court and West Brompton tube stations are the closest on the underground network. West Kensington and Gloucester Road stations are a short walk away and easily accessible on foot. The mainline railway network can be accessed via Kensington Olympia and Paddington railway stations. Numerous road, bus, and cycle routes also serve the area well. Those who are driving to the area can find convenient parking at one of the several car parks situated within SW5.