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Virtual Tour - Kensington High Street: The Golden Age of Shopping.

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The history of Kensington High Street as a grand shopping street leaving the soaring Barkers and Derry and Toms department stores today.

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For over 100 years Kensington High Street was a prestigious shopping street. It leaves a legacy today of the soaring Barkers and Derry and Toms art deco department store buildings, along with a great array of other architectural styles

It grew from an unpromising windy Georgian street lined with domestic artisanal trades, albeit a main west road passing a royal place. Then John Barker came along - his business created the longest shop front in the UK, ground breaking department stores displays and exotic roof gardens - the first of their kind in the country.

Richard tells the story of the rise of the Street from surprisingly unpromising beginnings in the 1860s He plots the development of the big department stores, the fabulous buildings which leave a legacy today, larger than life characters including one "Big Cheese" through to one particular later enterprise, an extraordinary1970s fashion hub.

This is a live virtual tour hosted via Zoom video conferencing where your guide will give an illustrated presentation of the tour route with an accompanying talk. There will be opportunities for questions and interaction both during and after the virtual tour.

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Organiser Richard Watkins, Footprints of London

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Footprints of London is a website created by independent guides to promote and market the walks that they lead.  This walk is led by Richard Watkins

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