When you’re on a budget but want to head home from your London trip with some beautiful new clothes, Kensington isn’t likely to be the first district that springs to mind. More famed for being the go to shopping destination for the wealthy wanting to browse luxury department stores and high-end boutiques, there are still some places where you can get a bargain.
Like much of London, Kensington is a vibrant mix, if you’re shopping for fashion, whether it’s the latest designs off the catwalk or those with vintage inspiration, you can find it on the streets here. But it can be a little more tricky when you’re watching your wallet. Don’t panic though, staying at the Kensington Park Hotel London means you’re just a stone’s throw away for finding your next wardrobe staple at a bargain price.
When budget clothes shopping in Kensington is on the agenda there’s three key places to search.
Browse Portobello Market
Just a short journey from Kensington Hotel London when you hop on the District tube line, the famous Portobello Market is a treasure trove that’s waiting to be explored. On the stalls here, you can expect to find something to suit every budget. Hunting through racks and displays is all part of the experience of shopping in Portobello Market. It’s a great place to head if you’re looking for something a little more unusual than the typical cookie cutter clothing options available.
Mixed in with the clothing you’re looking for, you’ll also find antiques, homewares, accessories and much more – you might even discover a rare find.
Discover the high street stores
Kensington might be known for luxury, but it’s got plenty of well-known and affordable high street shops on its streets too. If you want the latest trends, searching through the instantly recognisable stores close by Kensington Park Hotel London will unearth you some finds that are suitable even when you’re on a budget.
Just a stone’s throw away from your room you can find the likes of Urban Outfitters, Zara, M&S, H&M, TK Maxx, and much more. With a diverse style range, you’ll be able to find something to match your personal taste among the high street shops on offer.
Uncover hidden gems in vintage shops
The capital is filled with vintage stores that are brimming with hidden gems when it comes to clothing and Kensington is no different. Whether you’re looking for authentic vintage pieces or a modern item that’s been given a vintage twist, you’ll have a great time hunting without having to blow all your cash. Among the top vintage shops that are waiting to be explored near Kensington are Frock Me, Beyond Retro, Retro Woman, and Soho Vintage. You’ll be surprised at the number of styles on offer in the shops, whether you’re looking for a 1920s feel or an 80s vibe.
When you’re in London, shopping is one of the top activities to get up to but that doesn’t have to mean spending a small fortune – there are more than a few places you can bag a bargain, even in Kensington.