Predominantly known for its highly admired, hugely stylish fashion boutiques, which made it especially famous the world over in the 1960s and ’70s, the King’s Road is a major thoroughfare that runs through Chelsea and Kensington; so much so, in face, it might be said to be the artery that courses through the area rather like the Thames is for London itself, which it runs roughly parallel to.
That said, despite its almost mythical status in the capital’s post-war cultural history, what specifically is there to check out along today’s King’s Road for visitors to hotels near Harrods London, such as San Domenico House Chelsea London…?
King’s Road shopping
- Peter Jones(Sloane Square SW1W 8EL) – positioned at the point where Sloane Square meets the King’s Road, this historic department store is one of the largest retail outlets in all London; with its carefully curated coterie of men’s and women’s fashion, homeware, beauty products and more, there’s so much to attract visitors on every one of its many floors
- Heal’s(147 King’s Road SW3 5TX) – dating all the way back to the early 19th Century, this Chelsea institution focuses on high-quality, British-made contemporary furniture and general homeware goods, ensuring its both a great place to browse for interior décor inspiration and to buy major souvenirs (if you’re up for and can afford getting them home with you come the end of your London visit!)
- Chelsea Farmers’ Market(125 Sydney Street SW3 6NR) – don’t get the wrong idea; this establishment just off the King’s Road isn’t an actual farmers’ market, instead it’s a charming haven for those who love the idea of purchasing fantastic-tasting fresh produce, not least from charismatic little chalet-style outlets.
(350 King’s Road SW3 5UU)
If, when it comes to catching a spot of lunch during a day spent strolling along this street’s upmarket retail boutiques, nothing but fine dining will do, then this fast-becoming iconic café with its highly appealing outside courtyard will doubtless prove just the ticket. The latter space is absolutely ideal for people-watching while, inside, the upstairs houses a particularly chic cocktail bar, as well as, of course, a bright, breezy and rather excellent restaurant, with a choice of mains and more from an awesome Mediterranean menu. Note: wheelchair access is possible at this venue.
(533B King’s Road SW10 0TZ)
For nights out while staying at accommodation in Chelsea London, there’s surely no better venue than this eclectic slice of Central American cool, located just steps away from Fulham Broadway Tube station in the heart of West Kensington. Although entry may be a little absurdly gained via a cigar shop, it’s nonetheless one of *the* places to be seen in this most admired of areas in the capital, with its smoothly stylish Cuban-inspired interior and vibes, vintage furnishings and, of course, a generously sized rooftop terrace. Drinks-wise, you’ve a choice of 20 different brands of rum (all of them on offer behind the bar) as well as premium champagne, while the marvellous blend of in-house music’s conjured up by cultured DJs and live bands, which occupy the place most nights of the week.
(Duke of York’s Square, King’s Road SW3 4SQ)
Nowadays housed in the building referred to as the Duke of York’s Headquarters (although, don’t be deceived, the place has nothing at all to do with that particular high-ranking member of the Royal family), this globally-renowned gallery is spread across 70,000 square feet; space enough indeed then to exhibit some of the finest – and newest – British and worldwide-derived modern art. Named after its ad-man founder Charles Saatchi, it follows his ethos of encouraging emerging talent in the UK art scene by featuring a permanent dedicated area for them; their work can also be seen championed on the Saatchi website.