Sam Cam's favourite Notting Hill butcher closes

Upmarket Notting Hill butcher, Kingsland Edwardian Butcher’s, is to shut after 163 years after its landlord, a non-for-profit housing association, hiked its rents.

Hadyn Field has owned the butcher’s shop for 20 years, but is closing because his weekly rent is being doubled by agents acting for landlord Octavia Housing.

When he first bought the shop in the early 1990s, Field said the rent was £170 per week. However, with the threat of the rent rising to £1,300 per week, Field has decided to shut the shop.

The Octavia Housing Trust is a not-for-profit housing association which delivers affordable homes in central and west London, including the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Brent.

A spokesman for Octavia Housing told the London Evening Standard: “We made no formal application to increase the rent, which had not gone up since 2005. But it is a commercial asset and we need that money to run our charitable activities such as our elderly day care centre in the borough.”

The butcher was a favourite with Samantha Cameron, Twiggy, Claudia Schiffer, Rick Mayall and food writer, Tom Parker Bowles.

The closure of the butchers’ shop is the latest in a long line of businesses packing up shop in Notting Hill, sparking fears for the area retaining its village-like atmosphere.