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Kensington High Street is one of western London’s most popular shopping streets, with upmarket shops serving a wealthy area.

Kensington High Street is the continuation of Kensington Road and part of the A315. It starts by the entrance to Kensington Palace and runs westward through central Kensington. Near Kensington (Olympia) station, where the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea ends and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham begins, it ends and becomes Hammersmith Road. The street is served by High Street Kensington underground station.

From the late 19th century until the mid-1970s the street had three classic department stores: Barkers of Kensington, Derry & Toms and Pontings. Barkers bought Pontings in 1906 and Derry & Toms in 1920, but continued to run all three as separate entities. In a big building project which started in 1930 and was not complete until 1958 (the Second World War halted the project), the company made Derry & Toms and Barkers into Art Deco palaces. On top of Derry & Toms, Europe’s largest roof garden area was created, consisting of three different gardens with 500 species of plants, fountains, a stream, duck, flamingos and a restaurant - said to serve the best high tea in Kensington.

In 1957 House of Fraser bought the Barkers Group and started to dismantle it. Pontings was closed in 1971, Derry & Toms in 1973, and a much condensed Barkers was allowed to continue until January 2006, when the 135-year-old department store was closed for good.

Kensington High Street was also the site of Biba in the 1960s and early 1970s. When Derry & Toms closed, the iconic store took the building and accentuated its Art Deco style further. But the 1970s recession, coupled with idealistic business ideas, killed Biba in 1975. The Derry & Toms roof gardens still remain, now known as the Kensington Roof Gardens and owned since 1981 by Richard Branson’s Virgin.

Kensington High Street’s future as a shopping street has been threatened by the large Westfield London, which opened a short distance away in Shepherd’s Bush in late 2008. However, these factors may be offset to some extent - or even outweighed - by recent changes to the road layout, intended to make the street a more pleasant place to shop. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea decided to experiment with the concept of shared space, which deputy leader Daniel Moylan had studied abroad. Railings and pedestrian crossings were removed, thereby enabling pedestrians to cross the street wherever they choose. Bicycle racks were placed on the central reservation. The effect over two years was a dramatic cut in accidents, down 44% against a London average of 17%.

Kensington High Street is also home to a large part of the British music industry, with the UK offices of major labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Warner Music Group and EMI all situated in the area.

It is the site of the former Roman Catholic Pro-Cathedral of England, Our Lady of Victories, now a parish church; Kensington Arcade; and a building housing the Consulate of Romania and the Embassy of Paraguay.

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John and I were married in 1960 and we bought, or rather acquired a mortgage on 31 Princedale Road in 1961 for £5,760 plus another two thousand for updating plumbing and wiring, and installing central heating, a condition of our mortgage. It was the top of what we could afford.

We chose the neighbourhood by putting a compass point on John’s office in the City and drawing a reasonable travelling circle round it because we didn’t want him to commute. I had recently returned from university in Nigeria, where I was the only white undergraduate and where I had read a lot of African history in addition to the subject I was studying, and John was still recovering from being a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese in the Far East in WW2. This is why we rejected advice from all sorts of people not to move into an area where there had so recently bee

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I was born n bred at 25 Mc Gregor Rd in 1938 and lived there until I joined the Royal Navy in 1957. It was a very interesting time what with air raid shelters,bombed houses,water tanks all sorts of areas for little boys to collect scrap and sell them on.no questions asked.A very happy boyhood ,from there we could visit most areas of London by bus and tube and we did.

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VIEW THE HIGH STREET KENSINGTON AREA IN THE 1750s
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VIEW THE HIGH STREET KENSINGTON AREA IN THE 1800s
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VIEW THE HIGH STREET KENSINGTON AREA IN THE 1830s
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VIEW THE HIGH STREET KENSINGTON AREA IN THE 1860s
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High Street Kensington

High Street Kensington is a London Underground station at Kensington High Street.

Kensington High Street is a road (forming part of the A315) in Kensington, west London.

Its western extremity is the eastern end of Hammersmith Road near Kensington (Olympia) station. From here, the road heads east-north-east, past the Commonwealth Institute and High Street Kensington tube station. It forms a junction which Kensington Church Street, which runs to the north, and then continues east to the south-west corner of Kensington Gardens, close by Kensington Palace. Eastward the road becomes Kensington Road.

The stretch between the Commonwealth Institute and Kensington Gardens is a popular shopping area, with chainstores and upmarket shops serving a wealthy catchment area. In 2005 House of Fraser announced that it is closing the 135 year old Barkers department store in the street, meaning that it will have no department stores left after the earlier closures of Pontings and Derry & Toms. The 75,000 square foot premises will be taken over by Whole Foods Market, the American owner of organic supermarket chain Fresh & Wild to become the UK’s first organic superstore.

High Street Kensington station, on the District Line, opened in 1868.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Biba:   Biba was a London fashion store of the 1960s and 1970s, started and primarily run by the Polish-born Barbara Hulanicki with help of her husband Stephen Fitz-Simon.
High Street Kensington:   High Street Kensington is a London Underground station at Kensington High Street.
Kensington:   Kensington is a district of West London, England within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, located west of Charing Cross.
Kensington Market:   Kensington Market was a three storey indoor market at 49 Kensington High Street, created in late 1967
Kensington Roof Garden:   Kensington Roof Garden (formerly known as Derry and Toms Roof Gardens) covers 6000 square metres.
Kensington School:   The Kensington Proprietary Grammar School was an educational establishment founded in 1830 that is perhaps best remembered for being one of the founders of the Football Association in 1863.
Royal Garden Hotel:   Royal Garden Hotel is a 5 star hotel in London, England.
St Mary Abbot’s:   St Mary Abbot’s Hospital operated from 1871 to 1992. From 1846 to 1869 the site housed the Kensington Parish Workhouse.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Corner of Abingdon Road and Scarsdale Villas:   This view shows Tyler the chemists during the 1960s.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Abingdon Mansions, W8 · Abingdon Road, W8 · Abingdon Villas, W8 · Adam And Eve Mews, W8 · Allen Street, W8 · Alma Studios, W8 · Ansdell Terrace, W8 · Argyll Road, W8 · Ball Street, W8 · Beatrice Place, W8 · Blithfield Street, W8 · Campden Grove, W8 · Campden Hill Court, W8 · Campden Hill Road, W8 · Chantry Square, W8 · Cheniston Gardens, W8 · Cope Place, W8 · Cornwall Gardens Walk, SW7 · Derry Street, W8 · Devonshire Place, W8 · Drayson Mews Holland Street, W8 · Drayson Mews, W8 · Duchess of Bedford’s Walk, W8 · Earls Court Road, W8 · Eden Close, W8 · Essex Villas, W8 · Gloucester Walk, W8 · Gordon Place, W8 · Gregory Place, W8 · Holland Street, W8 · Hornton Place, W8 · Hornton Street, W8 · Inverness Gardens, W8 · Iverna Court, W8 · Iverna Gardens, W8 · Kelso Place, W8 · Kensington Apartment, W8 · Kensington Arcade, W8 · Kensington Church Court, W8 · Kensington Church Street, W8 · Kensington Church Walk, W8 · Kensington Court, W8 · Kensington Gate, W8 · Kensington High Street, W8 · Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 · Lancer Square, W8 · Lexham Gardens, W8 · Lexham Mews, W8 · Macmillan House, W8 · Marloes Road, W8 · Marlogs Road, W8 · Melon Place, W8 · Observatory Gardens, W8 · Old Court Place, W8 · Palace Green, W8 · Palace Place Mansions, W8 · Pembroke Mews, W8 · Pembroke Place, W8 · Pembroke Walk, W8 · Phillimore Place, W8 · Phillimore Walk, W8 · Pitt Street, W8 · Radley Mews, W8 · Scarsdale Place, W8 · Scarsdale Villas, W8 · Sheffield Terrace, W8 · Showing every photo/image so far featured, W8 · St James House, W8 · St Margarets Lane, W8 · St Mary Abbots Hall, W8 · St Mary Abbots Vicarage, W8 · St. Mary’s Gate, W8 · St. Mary’s Place, W8 · Stafford Terrace, W8 · Stone Hall Gardens, W8 · Stratford Road, W8 · Sunningdale Gardens, W8 · Tor Court, W8 · Tor Gardens, W8 · Upper Phillimore Gardens, W8 · Vicarage Court, W8 · Vicarage Gardens, W8 · Vicarage Gate, W8 · Warwick Chambers, W8 · Wrights Lane, W8 · Wynnstay Gardens, W8 · York Passage, W8 · Young Street, W8 ·

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What is Kensington High Street, W8 like as a place to live?

TRANSPORTATION
Good
DAILY LIFE
Good
SAFETY
Good
HEALTH
Average
SPORTS AND LEISURE
Good
ENTERTAINMENT
Excellent
DEMOGRAPHICS
Good
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Inner West London (1932) FREE DOWNLOAD
1930s map covering East Acton, Holland Park, Kensington, Notting Hill, Olympia, Shepherds Bush and Westbourne Park,
George Philip & Son, Ltd./London Geographical Society, 1932

Central London, south west (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Central London, south west.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)

Environs of London (1832) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured. Relief shown by hachures. A circle shows "Extent of the twopenny post delivery."
Chapman and Hall, London

London Underground Map (1921).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1921.
London Transport

The Environs of London (1865).  FREE DOWNLOAD
Prime meridian replaced with "Miles from the General Post Office." Relief shown by hachures. Map printed in black and white.
Published By J. H. Colton. No. 172 William St. New York

London Underground Map (1908).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1908.
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Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
Ordnance Survey. Crown Copyright 1939.

Outer London (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Outer London shown in red, City of London in yellow. Relief shown by hachures.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)
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