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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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  • One of the best branches of Waterstones; Barkers department store (now mainly tomfoolery); the Design Centre (formerly the Commonwealth Institute); one of the best independent wine shops in London (no...  more »
  • A vibrant shopping Street in West London. Good shops and restaurants. The branch of Whole Foods especially inviting. Easy by public transport.  more »
  • My favourite high street in London. Plenty of great shops, plenty of cafes and restaurants, a massive Wholefoods, a few churches in the area and some great pubs. Kensington area in general is a great ...  more »
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  • Popped in to check the clothes range, ended up having a heavenly hand massage from Agata. She was very professional and kind. I bought a range of products including a limited edition shower gel which I fell in love with! Highly recommended.
  • Yesterday i visited the store first time completely unaware of the brand but glad i walked into store and got served by kind and friendly gentleman name shaf with exceptional care and product knowledge he helped me choose great products superb shopping experience .
  • Incredible service by a smart and friendly professional - Thank you Betti! Beside a stunning basin which I believe should be a standard in every high-end cosmetics shop I was really impressed by the quality and atmosphere of the interior design. The selection, ambience and scents are all excellent: refined, chic and natural. I'm sure you or your partner will cherish anything bought here. Highly recommended!
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