2019 marks 50 years since Julie’s first opened its doors in Holland Park. It became a favourite of the neighbourhood and international set alike. This remarkable achievement has a family story behind it.
In 1967 current owners Tim and Cathy Herring purchased Numbers 135 and 137 Portland Road. Julie Hodgess, a Royal College of Art Graduate and successful interior designer whose decor had helped to make the famous Biba boutiques so well loved, expressed an interest in opening a restaurant with her husband David Green. Julie’s Restaurant opened its doors in November 1969. Neighbours and friends, the great and the good, soon flocked to Julie’s door and the legendary establishment was born. In 1971 Julie’s Wine Bar was created alongside the restaurant.