I hadn’t been shopping on the Kings Road for a year or two and was delighted by what I found there this weekend.
It has always had a trendy reputation. I remember coming to London with my parents as a young teenager, looking for a pair of hot pants. And yes, that does rather give away my age.
Now it is an excellent place to find some one-off shops. Key brands are here too, with the top-end designer shops mainly towards the Sloane Square end of the street. There are also clearance outlets for Joseph and LK Bennet.
Here are some stores I particularly recommend:
Blue Velvet at no. 174, selling gorgeous Italian shoes. They are probably best known for their collection of ballerina-style shoes. I bought a pair of grey suede court shoes, with a burgundy toe cap. Perfect for this autumn’s trends.
The Merchant at number 336. This has a great stock of vintage (pre-loved) clothes. Worth a regular mooch I reckon.
The Chelsea Quarter Cafe at number 219 is a welcome pit stop. They do lovely cakes, salad, soup and light meals, with friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere. I recommend the berry danish.
And for a little respite from the shopping throngs, step into the Northcote Gallery at number 253. They currently have an exhibition of horse paintings by the irish artist Debi O’Hehir.