This page is about the 3 of the most exclusive districts in central London:
the borough of Chelsea and Kensington and Knightsbridge. We made a bus trip
through all these districts, including Notting Hill, Bayswater and Paddington.
Chelsea is famous because
Sex Pistols was founded on its Kings Road (and because of the football team).
Today, it is a very fashionable road. The mayority of the cars that where driving
on Kings Rd looked very expensive (Ferraris, Jaguars, and Rolls-Royces where
driving buy the whole time). On the ground floor, there are expensive stores
such as Calvin Klein, Cartier and Gucci. But the strange thing is that the facade
of the upper floors of the same buildings looks very worn and dirty.
We got off the old double decker bus near Sloane Square
and came right in the middle of the famous flower market, that unfortunately
(because my girlfriend is very interested in flowers) just had ended. It lasts
24-28 May and we just happened to arrive on 28 May just when the whole annual
show just stopped! Then we walked through the Chelsea Bridge above Thames and
back again. We walked Sloane Square and there we found the beginning of the
famous Kings Road.
Square. The latest and newest Rolls-Royce was temporatily parked outside. But
I must admit it is strange they had garbage cans right outside an expensive
restaurant. And on some places people through litter on the pavements. Even
more strange is that there are large districts in London without garbage cans
so there is no place to through the trash except for the pavement. Afraid of
At Kings Road, we recognized
a map of Stockholm we went inside and it was a Swedish designer shop. The staff
even talked Swedish.
A Hummer Limousine passing by a Calvin Klein store on Kings Road. Have you ever seen this before?
green, exotic store front.
A small street in Chelsea.
It was very calm despite it borders the pretty busy Kings Road.
This Chelsea pub at Kings
Rd is called Henry Bean. We went inside to take a bear, since we found its bear
garden very nice.
Kensington is one of the richest
parts of London. We just get off the bus and visited some stores on Kensington
High Street. Then we walked along the street towards Holland Park, to get to
Kensington High Street. The main road in Kensington. We visited the Swedish
cloth store H&M, the British supermarket Mark Spencer and a jewelry.
South Kensington. In 1999, I tried to find Kensington, but just found South
Kensington that was also very nice.
Kensington Garden is Kensington's nice park that is bordering Hyde Park and
Knightsbridge (the skyscraper Knightsbridge Barracks is there).
whole district Knightsbridge is Harrods, the world's most fashionable department
store, at least it feels like that when you are on Brompton Road. We began our
second day with visiting this large and extremely exclusive store. It was important,
because on the other trip me and my friend missed it because we found out it
was closed on Saturday when we was there. We even went a 2nd time to buy a birthday
present for my sister. After getting in through the doors, passing the guards,
it almost felt like a shock, because of the cleanliness and the contrasts to
the "outer world".
The famous facade of Harrods.
The staff was snobbish, but at least we got a test each for an expensive parfume,
so may be we didn't look so poor after all.
The "Cleopatra escalator
The sfinx of Harrods.
Two other escalator halls.
The lamp department.
Exclusive gifts in the basement.
The food hall in the basement is famous. It has exclusive food from all over
the world and of course - crystal chandeliers!
Mandarin Oriental, an Asian luxury chain hotel.