Knightsbridge and Kensington Crown London's Rich Shopping Offers

From Harrods to Harvey Nichols, from Portobello Road to Kensington market, from Church Street to Sloane Square; Kensington is a shopping mecca for London. This is where the capital's brightest best, and richest tend to gather. Don't be surprised if you rub shoulders with Jemima Khan or Sienna Miller, or various other British and American starlets. This is where they like to shop, along with the ladies who lunch, the dowagers of Hyde Park, and just about everyone else who wants to feel just a little bit like them for a few hours. But never fear, the borough also has some of the best high street stores too, from Marks and Spencers, to H and M to Top Shop, Warehouse, Oasis and Monsoon, so you can find a bit of everything here. Knightsbridge is where you will find the big department stores like Harrods and Harvey Nic's, High Street Kensington and the King's Road have lots of the upper end of the chain stores, and a smattering of designer boutiques too. On Sloane St, Sloane Square and the Fulham Road, things get even more upmarket. If you want a London based designer, pop in to the Conran Shop, and if you can't afford the home wares, perhaps you can stop for a coffee in the adjoining restaurant. Enjoy, you won't want to stop.



Portobello is a shopping mecca, but the presence of antiques, particularly from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries is why many people flock to the market when they are in London. There is a broad range of goods, with prices to match....  Read More



The Conran shop has London roots, and has become a byword for lifestyle design around the world. Set up by Sir Terence Conran, this, his flagship store in the old Michelin Building in Kensington is all cool elegance and covetable design. He...  Read More



This cool, clean store offers can't-miss gifts to enhance comfort. Fine bed linens, handmade blankets, every bath accessory you can imagine, a great selection of plush bathrobes and towels, and sweet-smelling beauty products such as orange...  Read More



Barkers used to be a beautiful and popular department store, it has been through many incarnations since then, including housing a big Marks and Spencers, but now has a great Whole Foods store inside this amazing Art Deco-inspired building....  Read More

Andrew Nebbett Antiques


The shop hits the nail firmly on the head when it describes itself as a purveyor of the decorative and the unexpected from 1780 to 1960. Every bit as satisfying as the product range is the experience: this is everything you might imagine from a...  Read More



In stylish Chelsea, the most stylish women, including lots of models, buy their slinky evening clothes from Amanda Wakely. She herself was educated at Cheltenham Ladies College, like many of the women that buy her designs, this is the female...  Read More



Alfie's Antique Market is the biggest covered market for antiques in London. It hosts numerous stall holders who sell antiques and collectables from a variety of eras. The place is frequented by interior designers, collectors, and set...  Read More



Chelsea first leapt to prominence in the '60s, thanks to designer boutiques and trend-seeking shoppers. That aspect continues, and the neighborhood remains well-to-do, but antique shops and home decor venues have now been added to the mix....  Read More

Harvey Nichols


Favored especially by fashion-conscious folks, this well-regarded department store is known for its propensity towards designer labels. Begun in 1813, the enterprise offers a wealth of men's and women's apparel, not to mention a strong home...  Read More



London's world-famous department store, Harrods has been a city fixture since it opened in 1849. Impeccable service and a wonderful, diverse selection have earned the store a place in the hearts of Londoners. Although prices are somewhat steep,...  Read More


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