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Kensington High Street, London

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Kensington High Street is the main shopping street in Kensington, London. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.Kensington High Street is the continuation of Kensington Road and part of the A315. It starts by the entrance to Kensington Palace and runs westward through central Kensington. Near Kensington (Olympia) station, where the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea ends and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham begins, it ends and becomes Hammersmith Road. The street is served by High Street Kensington underground station.HistoryKensington High Street is one of western London's most popular shopping streets, with upmarket shops serving a wealthy area. From the late 19th century until the mid-1970s the street had three classic department stores: Barkers of Kensington, Derry & Toms and Pontings. Barkers bought Pontings in 1906 and Derry & Toms in 1920, but continued to run all three as separate entities. In a big building project which started in 1930 and was not complete until 1958 (the Second World War halted the project), the company made Derry & Toms and Barkers into Art Deco palaces. On top of Derry & Toms, Europe's largest roof garden area (1.5acre) was created, consisting of three different gardens with 500 species of plants, fountains, a stream, duck, flamingos and a restaurant - said to serve the best high tea in Kensington.
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  • I visit High Street Kensington every time I travel to London. My first stop is always Marks & Spencer (at the tube station). Then I start to walk. There are so many nice little shops and wonderful res...  read more »
  • High Street Kensington is a great place to shop and stroll. It has a great selection of shops for everyone, from lower end chains, mid-range to high end. It seems to be a more civilized environment th...  read more »
  • This is beautiful area of the central London it is one of my favourite areas in London. You can find here many fashion brands such as H&M, Zara, Calzedonia, GAP, TK MAXX and much more. Also big grocer...  read more »
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  • Staff are awesome. Products are mostly good
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