Quentin Long takes a stroll down the ‘other’ shopping street in London, away from the bright lights of Oxford Street.
You know: Oxford Street
No trip to London is complete without at least a day wandering Oxford Street and dropping in at Selfridges, Marks and Spencers, John Lewis, the Nike Store, Top Shop and Top Man and many, many more.
You should also try: King’s Road
The ‘KR’ runs from the posh Sloane Square through Chelsea and Fulham and has some of the best boutiques in the land. It was the birthplace of punk and Vivienne Westwood. As a general rule, the further you walk away from Sloane Square the more affordable the boutique. It is great for people watching.
Highlights along Kings Road from Sloane Square
- The Saatchi Gallery.
- Boggi Milano: Beautiful Italian menswear not available in Australia – Zegna at less expensive prices.
- Rigby & Pellier: Gorgeous lingerie.
- Kurt Geiger: Fab shoes you can’t get in Australia.
- Decadent and Peekaboo: Vintage clothes.
- Heal’s Furniture Store: The flagship of the UK furniture store that is so elegant it’s just worth a poke around.
On the other side of the road
- Kooples: French designer.
- Jack Wills: Great British designer.
- Penhaligan’s: British Perfumes.
- Osborne & Little: Wallpapers and fabrics.
- BlueBird: Flagship of iconic department store with a huge range plus furniture and well worth a look.
- And, of course, Vivienne Westwood’s place.