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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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  • Lots of high street names here, which surprised me. I thought Kensington would be full of exclusive boutiques and high end stores, not M+S! Clean and nice to wander through, but I get the impression y...  more »
  • Love this street with such a variety of food and shopping. Keep coming back to try different restaurants.  more »
  • You can walk around this area and see a number of high end shops and indeed high end shoppers come to that The major brands are all here although not the cheaper end of the scale! A number of coffee s...  more »
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  • I had issue with this online shop. I ordered a jacket that was not as good as expected (supposed to be waterproof but obviuosly not)> Thus I returned it immediately. The customer service said that the jacket was dirty. I havent worn it was not my fault. The customer service have been rude to me. I do not recommend ordering on Kathmandu. Morevoer be careful they moderate the reviews....
  • No where near as big as in Australia. Range was a little disappointing
  • Very helpful staff who talked me through sleeping bag options
  • Staff are awesome. Products are mostly good