Shopping near Gloucester Road Tube Station

While staying at one of our Kensington Hotel London or while you are around Gloucester Road tube station, do some shopping at any one of these famous shops.

Christie’s in South Kensington: Christie’s was founded in 1766 by James Christie. He held a sale in his “Great Rooms” on London’s Pall Mall. By 1778, Christie had moved on to art auctions and arranged the sale of Sir Robert Walpole’s collection of pictures on behalf of his grandson, George Walpole. Catherine the Great of Russia bought them for £40,000. James Christie’s son, another James, took over the business after his father’s death in 1803. Christie’s moved to its current location near Old Brompton Road in 1823. In 1892, Christie’s sold its first impressionist painting, Degas’ L’Absinthe, for £189 and it now hangs in the Louvre in Paris. In 1987, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers sold for £24.75 million and in 1990, Van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr.Gachet became the most expensive work of art ever sold when it went for £49.1m at Christie’s in New York. In 2010, the record was broken when Pablo Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust sold for $106.48 million. Christie’s offers around 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, etc.

La Cave a Fromage: This chic cheese shop in true to its French roots. No fridges or glass barriers to stop customer from catching a sniff of the stinky cheeses. Owners Eric Charriaux and AmnonPaldiown a wholesale business supplying cheese to restaurants such as: Le Manoir aux QuoatSaisons and Tom Aitkens. The mature all their cheeses and ensure that they hit the shop floor at the perfect moment. Although they are famous for the French cheese, they also carry British and European cheese along with cured meats and fresh bread.

Luigi’s Delicatessen: A one-stop shop for all kinds of delicacies such as fresh pasta and farmhouse cheeses. A mecca for Italian produce, this ship has almost fifty different kinds of olive oil from Italy and Spain. The shop has become an institution in the neighbourhood since 1973 and that’s the reason why actor Hugh Grant and designer Alice Temperley love to shop here. Alongside numerous sauces, there is an extensive wine selection and a range of homemade pastas and soups.

The National Geographic Store: Located on Regent Street, this 6 million pound store with three floors. Pitched as a “new and exciting way to explore the planet,” the shop includes branded clothing, footwear, stationary, maps, travel books, home furnishings, and travel agents. They even recreate simulated outdoor weather conditions so customers can test products before they buy them, in terms of travel gear. The café serves organic food and fair trade and there is a dedicated studio and exhibition space. To make it even better, the money spent at the store goes towards National Geographic’s exploration, conservation, research, and education programmes.

Harrods: Britain’s most famous store, Harrods is on most tourists’ must-see-lists. Starting back in 1849 when Charles Henry Harrod opened a small East End grocery store and tea merchant business that excelled in service over value. Today is occupies a large site in Knightsbridge and boasts about its range of products from pianos and cooking pans to pets and perfume. The large Urban Retreat hair and beauty department is on the top floor and the food hall is known for its mouth-wateringly exotic food. The store itself is well served with 28 restaurants. During the Christmas season, the Brompton Road windows are transformed with a magical winter wonderland and Father Christmas makes Harrods his home.

Peter Jones: This prestigious department store has now been refitted with six tiers of curved glass balconies. Keeping with tradition, the Sloan Square shop is endlessly devoted to its loyal customers and keeps an extensive collection of china and soft furnishings. However, now with the refurbishment, the store attracts a more youthful clientele with dazzling new accessories and cosmic brands like Fresh, MoltonBrown, and Benefit. Peter Jones department store keeps up with today’s fashions all while keeping a chic appeal to its Kings Road surroundings.

If shopping is not on your budget while in London, check out London on a shoestring budget: 5 free attractions or take a look at Queens Gardens area guide for London traveller and Go to a live performance in London.

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