When you want the London high street shopping experience but don't want to stress about the crowds on Oxford Street, make your way over to Kensington High Street for a more relaxing vibe. Kensington High Street is populated with dozens of specialty stores and a handful of brand-name boutiques. You'll find plenty of great places to eat here and can also enjoy a few hours of people watching from some of the neighborhood cafes and pubs. This shopping district is perfect for a relaxing stroll and window shopping on any given afternoon.
Here's a guide to shopping on this famous street:
Kensington High Street is located in west London and begins at the entrance to Kensington Palace and runs west through central Kensington. You can take the Tube right to the High Street Kensington underground station. If you're driving a car, be prepared to deal with limited parking options and traffic jams on the congested streets.
Where to shop
Kensington High Street is a historic shopping district and was once the home of department stores including Derry & Toms and Barkers. Today, part of the Barkers property is now a Whole Foods Market, and you'll find dozens of chain stores and upmarket shops throughout the area.
Popular fashion destinations on the south side of the street include Warehouse, Karen Millen, Monsoon, H&M, Gap and Marks and Spencer. On the north side, you’ll find Clarks shoes, Zara, American Apparel, Miss Sixty, Diesel and Urban Outfitters. You'll also find a TJ Maxx store right before the intersection of Palace Green.
Keep in mind that all of these shops are within walking distance of each other, so you won't need a cab or a car to shop the entire district. You'll also find some great places to eat such as Aubaine, an all-day dining destination and bakery, and Caffe Concerto, a more upscale restaurant.
- Shop this district on weekday mornings to avoid the largest crowds
- Take a break by visiting the Natural History Museum, with its famous Dinosaur Museum, in South Kensington
- Check out The Roof Gardens and Babylon restaurant, located 100 feet above Kensington High Street in the former Derry & Tom's department store building
- Use the bus to get to Kensington and to explore the district
- If you're looking to splurge, make the short trip to Sloane Street to shop its designer boutiques and specialty stores
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