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Uxbridge Road, the great western road, is certainly the finest approach to London, the road being everywhere broad and straight. At Shepherd’s-bush London may be said to begin. Thence a magnificently wide road leads up through Notting-hill, past the mansions of Holland-park, with their line of poplar trees skirting the road, through Notting-hill High-street, and then on past the north side of Kensington-gardens and Hyde-park to the Marble Arch. Upon the northern side of the road are a succession of splendid terraces, conspicuous among which are Lancaster-gate and Hyde-park-gardens. There are few such drives in the world, and at the end of May, when the foliage is at its brightest and freshest, and the road is alive with handsome equipages, its beauty is remarkable. No stranger in London should omit this drive. Omnibuses run at frequent intervals from Regent’s-circus to Shepherd’s-bush.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879