There are many reasons that millions of people flock to London every day, with some seeking entertainment, and others visiting for business. The city is well known for its amazing food and historical locations, but there’s one activity that everyone will take part in during their stay, and that’s shopping. The city’s retail districts are home to some of the biggest brands in the world, and also some of the biggest price tags. If you booked into one of our luxury rooms at the Park Grand Kensington Hotel then you will appreciate the quality that you can find at smaller boutique outlets. If you’re looking for something original on your shopping trip then here are a few places where you can get some great stuff while avoiding the standard high street chains.
Dover Street Market
This six-floor market was built ten years ago and continues to offer shoppers an alternative place to spend their money. The concrete floors and iron fixtures are worlds away from the usual standard of décor in London high street shops. The building was conceived by one of the country’s edgiest designers, Rei Kawakubo and is home to some of the most sought after clothing lines such as Lanvin and Azzedine Alaïa. Alternative-style jewellery can also be found at this unique marketplace, from designers like Noguchi and Azature.
If you really want to head outside of the box and get away from the humdrum of everyday shopping, then LN-CC is the place to do it. The beautifully minimalistic interior design uses a mixture of bold colours, geometric shapes, and hardwood to create a shopping experience like no other. The selection of boutique clothing is separated into various categories, with brands ranging from Gary Card to Haider Ackermann. If clothes aren’t your thing then you can browse the collection of antique books and records. The exclusivity of this shop means that you need to book an appointment, but if you can get pencilled in, then it’s definitely worth the trip.
The American skateboarding brand has become a cult sensation in recent years but still remains far enough off the grid to make our list. For any skaters, or fans of underground fashion, you may be familiar with this brand. For those who aren’t it is definitely worth checking out Supreme’s London location to get your hands on some quality clothes or high-end skateboarding equipment.
Vinyl has made a huge come back over the last few years, which has led to some of the biggest artists returning to the traditional platform. If you’re one of the millions of crate diggers who love the sound of classic vinyl then you’ll feel right at home browsing the huge collection at Kristina Records. The shop’s hipster-style décor consists of chipboard furniture and white walls, making the products the centre of attention. Whether you’re looking for a second hand classic or a new print, you are sure to find something.
Getting away from the big high streets is the best way of exploring the alternative side of the city. Staying at one of our 4 star hotels in Kensington London will place you right in the heart of the boutique scene.