3 Streets to watch
Golborne Road, Notting Hill
Golbourne Road is an eclectic street just round the corner of London’s famous Portobello Road. With a mix of vintage boutiques, antique furniture shops and a thriving Moroccan and Portuguese community the street has happily resisted gentrification over the years. A couple years ago Aesop set up their thirteenth London store here and restaurants like Snaps and Rye and 108 Garage have accumulated great press coverage, bringing Londoners across town. The street has an abundance of character and we can imagine new restaurants and cafes fighting for a slice of this area. Golbourne Road makes perfect weekend material so take a visit, trove through the treasures and grab a Portuguese Nata.
Walton Street, Chelsea
Walton Street is where high-end luxury shopping meet art galleries. Although a touristic attraction for many shoppers, it still emanates an old-school English charm and has remained unchanged for the last 30 years. It’s an enclave of luxury independent interiors and antiques shops, galleries and boutiques. Much of the area is currently undergoing redevelopment, and money is being invested into transforming this low-key street into more of a destination. Existing brands like Andrew Martin and Orlebar Brown are rumoured to be joined by Charlotte Olympia and Dior. And it makes sense that these designer names would follow suit, with Joseph, J.Crew and Bamford around the corner.
Chiltern Street, Marylebone
Chiltern Street has an independent spirit, nestled among the terraced boutiques are traditional hardware stores, woodwind specialists, art, bars and cafés. Aimed at London’s wealthy and trendy elite, the street offers some of the finest Victorian gothic architecture in this city. In 2014 the opening of the much-hyped Chiltern Firehouse became an A-list hotspot. There is a rich mix of specialist boutiques – including the world’s first candlemaker Cire Trudon, design boutique Mouki Mou and Bella Freud – they're becoming destination shops themselves.