17th October 1959
The building was opened by the Queen two years later in 1961 and is still in use and owned by the Scouts Association.
This was clearly Church Street (street sign on left) but after using streetview to travel the entire street to no sign of any matching building I enlarged a shop sign on the right that read 202. This meant it was right on the corner of Notting Hill Gate. This whole area was demolished and re-developed during the 1960’s and it seemed a shame to not have an exact location but then I noticed that as in other photos from the time the Notting Hill Gate Barclays Bank building is noticeable in the background. Only just with another recognisable and still present building adjacent.
The Shell Center, constructed in 1961 wishes the city a happy new year. The building was completed in 1961 so I would assume this would be perhaps 1962-3. It appears to be the oldest image I can find that was taken in colour.
The mayor and local press watch as the foundation stone is placed during the construction of the youth hostal in Holland Park House in 1958.
Sadly the YHA was threatened with closure earlier this year after 56 years of service but seems to still be running.