Radisson Blu Edwardian Guide to Kensington
Our guide to shopping, eating and entertainment in Kensington.
If you have the urge to go on a huge shopping spree this is the right street to go to. Oxford Street can keep you occupied for days. We would suggest you wear comfy shoes if you want to make the most of your day.
Read our guide to learn more about the Kensington area in terms of shopping, eating and entertainment. We have also suggested some great hidden gems and unique shops that you may not have heard of, that are definitely worth a visit.
Shopping in Kensington
Kensington is a lovely area to spend an afternoon shopping in. Not quite the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street but there are many great shops on Kensington High Street. Not only do you have your popular high street shops such as Top Shop, Marks and Spencer, Zara, Warehouse, Monsoon as well as a few more high end fashion shops such as Jigsaw, Diesel, Laura Ashley. And if you walk towards South Kensington you will start to find a few more boutiques, especially on Brompton Road where you will find the likes of Chanel and Joseph.
If you love your shoes you also have a nice Dune shop on the High Street as well as a Kurt Geiger, Sole Trader, Nike, good old Clarks and many more.
And if you like department stores you are in luck as Westfield shopping centre is around the corner, with a range of shops from very high end brands such as Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton as well as popular high street stores such as New Look and River Island. You also have the infamous Harrods which is only a short walk away.
Back for 2012 the Ideal Home Show at Christmas brings you everything you need to prepare your home for the festive season. From the 14th- 18th November, Earls Court London, this annual shopping event will give you ideas on Decking the Halls, Filling your Stockings, Trimming the Turkey, and so much more.
Visit the website for more details – www.idealhomeshowchristmas.co.uk
Top 5 unique shops in Kensington
Address: 163 Kensington High St,London W8 6SU
2. D.McKay Fruiterer
This is the place to go if you are a fan of fresh fruit juices. With plenty of different fruits and vegetable to choose from you can make your own fruit juice.
Address: 19a Harrington Rd London SW7 3ES.
A shop that needs no introduction - you must make it a point to visit Harrods if you have never been before.
Address: 87-135 Brompton Road,Kensington, London SW3 1
Always has a classic elegant collection of clothes for women. A must for ladies into their fashion.
Address: 315 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2DY
5. Whole Foods
Located on Kensington High Street, this is one for the foodies. Not only is it an amazing food shop with a huge amount of choice it also has more than 10 great food venues within it. Ranging from Pizza, to sushi, dim sum and a juice bar.
Address: The Barkers Building,63-97 Kensington High Street,Kensington, London,W8 5SE
Cafés and restaurants in Kensington
There are plenty of great well known places to have a meal at in Kensington. In the High Street alone you have all the popular high street restaurants such as Wagamama, Ask, Café Uno, Starbucks, Prezzo and many more. But you also have many different cuisines available. If you are in the mood for India there is Zaika, and for Chinese there is Memories of China and for Italian you have Marzano, for middle eastern you have Reza Patisserie and you also have Giraffe which has international food, and if you are in the mood for burgers Byron is the place you should go to. So regardless of what you are in the mood for you will definitely be able to find an appropriate restaurant.
Top 5 hidden Gems
Thai Taste – Located on Cromwell Road is this small restaurant with delicious authentic Thai food - great Tum Yum soup and if you think you can handle your spice try the Yum Woon Sen.
Scalini –Located on Walton Street, one of the best Italian restaurants in town. Always has a buzz, and the walls are full of pictures with celebrities who have dined there, so do not be shocked if you happen to sit next to one! We advise that you book in advance to ensure you get a table.
Joe’s café – Located on Brompton Road, a great spot for lunch, a popular haunt for ladies that lunch..
La Suquet – Located on Draycott Avenue, this restaurant is amazing for fish.
Min Jiang – Located on Kensington High Street, one of the best Chinese restaurants in town, not many people know about it and the food is great.
Entertainment and going out in Kensington
Kensington is home to a couple of the UK’s best museums such as The Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum. All of which tend to have brilliant exhibitions on throughout the year. Children tend to love the Science museum as well as the Natural History museum, especially learning and seeing the models of such huge dinosaurs that used to exist.
You also have the infamous Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana. The grounds around the Palace are beautiful, you should try and visit the palace if you are staying in the area to ensure you don't miss out.
For something a bit lighter you have an Odeon Cinema on Kensington High Street which is always great for a quite night out.
If on the other hand you fancy a night out, Kensington is not short of great bars and clubs such as Kensington Roof Top Gardens, and Boujis both of which have had a great cliental in the past, including our very own Prince Harry and William. Collection bar is a great bar to start the night of, it also serves delicious food as well, which is always a bonus!
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