Chelsea/Kensington Travel Guide

Within this labyrinthine collection of stately buildings covering 12 acres lie more than 27,000 pieces and 43,000 photographs: everything from Celtic breastplates, Asian objects, and contemporary ceramics and glass to oil paintings, playwright manuscripts, and a 1967 psychedelic striped corduroy

A leader in the UK's high-street fashion, Arcadia Group-owned Topshop on Kensington sells affordable clothes with a "brave and irreverent" style, which brought the store from its basement beginning in 1964 to its industry-topping position today.

Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, the Chelsea Physic Garden is the city’s oldest botanic garden and home to Britain's first garden of ethnobotany.

Find 100 years of vintage clothes, from Mary Quant minis to marabou hats and lizard-skin clutches.

Lauched by three Scandinavians, the British company Skandium sells Scandinavian furniture and accessories at its Brompton area store, one of multiple in the city. The company is the UK's exclusive retailer for such brands as Marimekko, Asplund, Design House Stockholm, and Havi.

A throwback to Prohibition-era speakeasies, Montgomery Place has an unassuming façade that belies a sophisticated interior with dark leather seating, music-themed wallpaper, dim red lamps, and black-and-white prints of bartenders from decades past.

Hundreds of hanging lamps illuminate this bijou boutique, with cushions toppling from the corners and shelves towering with apparel, bags, and accessories from up-and-coming designers like Orla Kiely (block-printed bags), Noa Noa (wafty French-inspired vintage-style dresses), and Danish duo Day B

Designer Emma Hope’s Sloane Square store sells vintage-inspired shoes and handbags to London’s fashionable set. After starting her career at Laura Ashley, Hope established her own line of footwear which is at once trend-conscious and sensible.

Since 1827, this Mayfair boutique has carried the ultimate in luxury houseware basics, from fine bone china to crystal stemware to sterling silverware. The linen room houses bed and table linens made from organic cotton, as well as silk, lace, and velvet.

A top shopping hang-out in the 60's comprised of newly gentrified warehouses and restaurants, is swinging once again.


Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Richard Serra, Howard Hodgkin: while the gallery’s star-studded roster speaks for itself, there’s also plenty more to be said for this London branch of art magnate Larry Gagosian’s expansive gallery empire.

This bustling market in high-end St. Johns Wood is home to 220 trading pitches filled with a wide range of goods and products. Open every Monday through Saturday, the Church Street Market is where the neighborhood crowd heads to find everything from antique furniture to artwork.