From department stores and high streets to the King’s Road, Kensington is a shopping mecca for London. Whether it’s lavish or quirky that you’re after, you’ll find a little bit of everything here.
Make sure to plan a trip to the iconic department store Harrods in Knightsbridge.
The store has eight floors showcasing the finest food, fashion, homeware and technology products. The fashion and beauty floors are second to none complete with a world-class beauty concierge service.
You’ll also find a myriad of food options, including the renowned food hall which is set in a beautiful Grade-II listed room. Here you’ll find a range of culinary treats, including tea blends, bespoke cakes, hampers, wine and pooch-friendly profiteroles. As you’re swept up in everything Harrods offers, you’ll be forgiven for forgetting to check out the Harrods gift shop, where you’ll find a range of souvenirs featuring the famous Harrods branding.
The King’s Road embodies glamour and free-spirited fun with a fresh mix of contemporary fashion and art, combined with great food and drink.
Peter Jones department store marks the start of the 1.9 miles of high street at Sloane Square. Nearby, on the opposite side of the road is the Duke of York pedestrian precinct and the Saatchi art gallery.
The further away from Sloane Square you walk, the greater the number of smaller, independent clothes and shoe shops there are, plus a good selection of contemporary furnishing stores.
High Street Kensington
The Kensington shopping scene is anchored by Kensington High Street, a major thoroughfare running from Hammersmith straight through to Kensington Gardens.
The street features a wide variety of familiar brand-name stores, several cafés, restaurants and London’s largest Whole Foods branch. Both functional and stylish, this high street is often less crowded than the West End.
Sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the high street, leafy Kensington Church Street is where you’ll find higher-end British brands, such as L.K.Bennett, Sweaty Betty, Reiss and Neal’s Yard Remedies.
The only store to be named the world’s best department store three times, Selfridges today is more than just the sum of its products.
It’s a shopping experience that promises to surprise, amaze and amuse its customers by delivering extraordinary customer experiences. From their in-house cinema, restaurants and bars, it’s a creative playground that’s meant to be enjoyed.
And, to this day, as Harry Gordon Selfridge said, everyone is welcome.
Portobello Road Market
At the North end of the borough sits Portobello Road Market, one of the best-known street markets in London.
Stretching over two miles, over 1,500 dealers can be found here but if that wasn’t enough, in addition to the colourful stands on the main street, visitors can find shops and stalls on certain perpendicular streets like Westbourne Grove.
Open on Fridays and Saturdays, Portobello Road is the perfect place to stock up on pretty homeware and vintage jewellery.
Located at the heart of London’s West End, Regent Street is one of the world’s most prestigious lifestyle destinations, famous for its flagship stores and international brands.
Discover the beating heart of Regent Street – Liberty London. Uncover a legacy surrounding integrity, quality, individuality and above all else luxury. With fashion, beauty, homeware and iconic fabrics set across six stunning floors, indulge your senses in this astonishingly rich slice of British heritage.
Additionally, Regent Street’s buildings are home to world-class flagship stores including Tory Burch, Burberry, Coach, Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs, while tucked away in Regent Street’s neighbouring side streets are award-winning restaurants such as Veeraswamy, Ziggy Green and Sabor. Wellness experiences can be found across the street, in the likes of Gymshark, Murdock and DryBy as well as Third Space and Rapha.