When you think of the London area of Chelsea, you think of gleaming grand white buildings, boutique cafes and of course 4 star hotels in Kensington London. There is a whole range of activities to keep you and your family or business partners entertained when staying in the area, but the above is merely scratching the surface. If you want to make the most out of the area, then why not try the vast range of shopping experiences you can capitalise on in the grand borough of Kensington. From the markets of Portobello road to the boutique fashion shops and high end retail, there’s plenty of opportunities for the visiting shopaholic.
On the mile long stretch of Portobello Road, a vibrant market takes place every weekend. From vintage clothes to antique furniture and jewellery, this is the market magpies dream haven. Whether you’re in for a browse or looking for some top notch bargains, this market is one of the best places to find a bargain in the city, and with a market which dates back centuries, you’ll really feel like your seeing London for what it truly is, a buzzing British and multicultural haven, full of history laden trinkets and treasures.
Harvey Nichols is one of the most famous department stores in London. Starting as a humble linen shop in 1831, the department store has now grown to 16 locations. Starting on Sloane Street, the original building was turned into the iconic department store it now is in the late 19th century. Since then, the Knightsbridge based department store has grown into a multifaceted department store, complete with men and womens clothes ranges, fashion accessories and even their own wine and food departments. With a cafe and restaurants and more than five floors, the department store is popular with locals and tourists alike, looking for a taste of the quintessential British department store.
Harrods is one of the most famous department stores in the UK. Located on Brompton Road in the Knightsbridge area of Kensington, Harrods is made of over 5 acres of retail space. Here you can find everything from fashion, homeware and food not to mention the world famous Harrods hamper. One of the draws to this luxury department store is in the fact that the royal family have until recent years had several royal warrants at store. These have included the household goods provider for the Queen and the outfitter for the Duke of Edinburgh.
In a beautiful art-deco inspired building, Barkers is a wholefoods shop like no other. With a long spanning history, the store is one of the best in the UK and whilst USA inspired, you’ll find a unique British charm to Barkers.
Andrew Nebbett Antiques
If Portobello is getting too crowded, why not try the antiques store created by Andrew Nebbett and have sold antique items and trinkets to everyone from royalty to rock stars. Whatever you’re taste, there’ll definitely be something for everyone, especially when you keep in mind that the antique shops beautiful goods range from the 18th century into the swinging 60’s. Plenty to choose from then!