If you’re not up for the craziness that is Oxford Street, why not head to Kensington High Street? Shops here are filled with locals as opposed to tourists plus you’re right around the corner from the stunning park that is Kensington Gardens. Read on for our top picks!
126 Kensington High Street, London W8 7RL
COS, which stands for ‘Collection of Style’, launched in 2007 under the H&M Group and has since gained quite a following. Described as modern and functional with a timeless edge, this is definitely one of our must-visit Kensington High Street shops!
70 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PE
It all began in the local markets of Provence, where the then 23-year-old Olivier Baussan distilled and sold Rosemary essential oils. Now with over 2000 stores worldwide, L’Occitane is a popular destination for natural and organic ingredient-based cosmetics among the Kensington High Street shops.
3. Massimo Dutti
116 -118 Kensington High Street, London W8 7RW
The Massimo Dutti customer is “urban, cosmopolitan and independent” so expect classic cuts, structured staples alongside a buttery-soft range of Italian knits. If you don’t know where to start when you’re along Kensington High Street, walk straight here.
157 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SU
Looking to declutter your home and get organised? Then get a Muji-makeover! With a whole range of useful homeware from storage to filing accessories, there’s no reason why your workspace should be in a mess! P.s. They’ve got amazing stationery here too.
96 Kensington High Street, London W8 4SG
Whether you’re heading to the Pavilion for a business meeting or weekend brunch, don’t miss the terrace up above. With views overlooking the gardens of St. Mary Abbots Church, this place is the perfect shopping escape from the bustle of Kensington High Street.
6. Snow and Rock
188 Kensington High Street, London W8 7RG
Having recently undergone an interior refurbishment, Snow and Rock is our outdoor apparel store of choice among the Kensington High Street shops. Stocked with everything you need to enjoy the winter, their staff are well-trained and always give the best advice.
7. TK Maxx
26-40 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PF
TK Maxx is home to a variety of end-of-range products from fashion to homeware, including designer labels like Stella McCartney and Calvin Klein. Their promise? Everything is always up to 60% less. Not to be missed if you’re shopping along Kensington High Street.
54-58 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PE
When it comes to basics, nothing beats Uniqlo. From t-shirts to workwear, cardigans and denim, everything is reasonably priced and made with care. We’re also huge fans of their ‘Heattech’ range of thermal wear.
9. The Kooples
47 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SU
Where Parisian style meets British tailoring, The Kooples focuses on collections for women and men that complement each other. Lots of skinny jeans, slim-fit blazers and as you’d expect, exquisite tailoring. Definitely a stand-out store among the Kensington High Street shops.
10. Whole Foods Market
The Barkers Building, 63-97 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SE
We saved the best for last! Expect lots of organic goodness, American imports (from lucky charms to poptarts) and head to the first floor for a bowl of delicious Tonkotsu ramen courtesy of Bone Daddies. You can also make your own peanut butter on the lower ground floor.