The Kensington Arcade
The Kensington Arcade logo
London, W8
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′2.98″N 0°11′32.06″W / 51.5008278°N 0.1922389°W / 51.5008278; -0.1922389
OwnerMeadow Partners
ArchitectGeorge Campbell Sherrin
No. of stores and services15
Total retail floor area140,000 square feet (13,000 m2)[1]
Public transit accessLondon Underground High Street Kensington

The Kensington Arcade is a shopping centre in Kensington, London, England. It is located on Kensington High Street. The entrance to High Street Kensington tube station is within The Kensington Arcade.


The main entrance to Kensington Arcade

The Arcade was built as part of the redevelopment of High Street Kensington tube station by the Metropolitan Railway between 1906-07 from designs by their consultant architect, George Campbell Sherrin, with the neighbouring department stores, Pontings and Derry & Toms taking the store space.[2][3][4][5]

In August 2000 it was revealed that MEPC plc was planning to sell its shopping centres, including Kensington Arcade, so the money can be reinvested in its business parks in South East England.[6] It was expected to sell for £100 million.[6]

Meadow Partners announced that it had completed a recapitalization of Kensington Arcade, costing £100 million, in March 2011.[1][7] Meadow Partners also asked Paul Davis + Partners to look at the redevelopment of Kensington Arcade.[8] Planning permission was obtained to combine the two shopping units.[8]

In April 2013, Wasabi and Bill's Restaurant took two stores in Kensington Arcade.[9] Kamps, a German bakery chain, opened two stores in London in 2013 - one on Tottenham Court Road and the other in Kensington Arcade.[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Meadow Partners Completes £100 million Recapitalization of 125 Kensington High Street, London" (PDF). Meadow Partners. 30 March 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
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  3. ^ "B/W print; Exterior view of High Street Kensington Underground station by H K Nolan, 4 Feb 1959". London Transport Museum. Retrieved 7 June 2024.
  4. ^ "High Street Kensington". Heritage Gateway. Retrieved 7 June 2024.
  5. ^ "Company: Ponting Brothers". House of Fraser Archive at University of Glasgow. Retrieved 7 June 2024.
  6. ^ a b Simpkins, Edward (27 August 2000). "MEPC to sell off shopping centres". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  7. ^ Thomas, Daniel (26 April 2011). "Highbridge secures funds for data centres". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Kensington Arcade" (PDF). Paul Davis + Partners. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  9. ^ Norman, Paul (23 April 2013). "Two more restaurants tuck into Kensington Arcade". CoStar UK. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Premiere für Kamps: Zwei Standorte in London eröffnet". SystemWissen (in German). 23 December 2013. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013.