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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.

Leghilà at number 261 specilaises in beautiful bags with great Italian style.  This is their flagship UK store. The colour combinations are great, most are machine washable and some are reversable.

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.

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