The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has some of the best shopping anywhere in town, ranging from King’s Road to Portobello Road and from big shopping centres to small market stalls. You will find big retail names and a wealth of quirky independent shops, bars, cafes and restaurants that make shopping in the Royal Borough unique. We are providing you with a sneak peek into some of the treats that are available this autumn. Why not take advantage of our ‘Autumn Weekender’ package, which offers a minimum of two nights’ accommodation, continental buffet breakfast, a bottle of wine and free wireless internet access. Rates start from GBP144 inclusive of VAT per room per night. For full details of the Autumn Weekend package visit www.kenhouse.com and click promotions.
The Portobello Road street market operates mainly on Saturdays. The antiques section (stalls, arcades and shops) at the southern end of the market is the UK’s biggest antiques market. The new goods, fruit and vegetable section in the centre of the market, which operates Monday to Saturday (except Thursday afternoons), has a variety of hot food stalls on Saturdays. Vintage is in! So make sure that you take a wander down to the vintage clothing section (shops and stalls) at the northern end of the market, it is world-renowned as a fashion source, or you can follow the vintage fashion trail…
Harrods – Knightsbridge
In the footsteps of royalty, why not do a Kate and use the Royal Borough for all your important baby shopping. Pop down to Harrods to choose from their vast ‘Bugaboo’ collection, in particular the Andy Warhol inspired buggy. Andy Warhol explored his fascination with the fragility and beauty of flowers with the “Flowers” series. Showcasing an eclectic mix of bright red and charcoal black, this limited edition tailored fabric updates your Cameleon 3 buggy with an artistic touch.
For a full catalogue of buggies visit www.harrods.com
Peter Jones Department Store – King’s Road, Chelsea
Being based in King’s Road, Chelsea where the infamous “Made In Chelsea” reality television programme is filmed, Peter Jones is an iconic department store and central to this affluent neighbourhood. Having survived the war, the store has been through a £100m renovation, ensuring that it remains the number one destination for residents in south west London. It offers anything from jewellery to babywear and provides everything needed to tick off any London bride’s wedding list. Why not become your own wedding planner, visit the website to make your special day run smoothly.
Whole Foods Market – Kensington High Street
The Whole Foods Market is the leading natural and organic retailer. Situated just an eight minute walk from Kensington tube station it is the world’s largest branch. Known as a foodie heaven, upon entry you are treated to many different outlets such as the Kensington Express coffee and juice bar, with made to order service and in-house restaurant venues including pizza & calzones, wok station, Texas BBQ, burritos & tacos with vegetarian and vegan options to cater for every visitor’s needs. For a full list of exciting outlets inside the Whole Foods Market visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/kensington
Visit www.rbkc.gov.uk for a guide to shopping in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
ABOUT KENSINGTON HOUSE HOTEL
Kensington House Hotel, a contemporary town house of just 41 rooms, situated on Prince of Wales Terrace within an historic 19th century façade, has taken its place amongst the Kensington set and London’s cognoscenti. Stylish, intimate and friendly, this cool and understated property, which lies just off High Street Kensington, is an oasis of calm amidst the buzz of central London with overnight rates starting at £99 inclusive of VAT and breakfast.
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