Kensington’s property market conundrum

27 December 2022

Financial Times

For Venezuela-born Mary Perez, it’s the butcher, Italian deli and a French café in “Stratford Village” south of Kensington High Street that keeps her in the affluent west London neighbourhood. The small cluster of streets between Earl’s Court Road, Stratford Road and Marloes Road, which also includes popular pubs such as The Abingdon, has a more peaceful air than the main thoroughfare of the high street with its slightly dispiriting string of chain stores.

“I love having good-quality food stores on my doorstep and the European feel of the area,” says the mother of two, who works in finance, on why she’s lived in Kensington for 20 years. She’s just downsized from a town house to a four-bedroom apartment in a portered block near Stratford Road.

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