Kensington Market, London

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Kensington Market in the 1980s

Kensington Market was a three storey indoor market at 49 Kensington High Street, in the Kensington area of London, England.

In the 1960s and 1970s, it catered to hippie and bohemian culture. In the 1980s to end of the 1990s it catered to punks, new romantics, metal heads, ravers, goths, trance, acid house and various sub-cultures of modern music, fashion, hair stylists, body arts, crafts and accessories, vintage rock 'n' roll wear, fetish rangers.

Before the 1980s around mid-1970s when Queen became successful, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor had a stall there.[1]

In early 2000 the market closed down. The building was left derelict following its closure, and was demolished in 2001.[2][3] A PC World store now sits at the market's former location.

To date (2011) a remnant still remains behind a partly boarded up glass window, located between the PC World and NatWest Bank. Through the murky glass, a wooden sign on the floor, left behind by builders who worked on the new renovation says: in thanks to all its customers from past glory.


  1. ^ Mr.Scully. "Queen places in London". Queen Concerts. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  2. ^ Zyra. "Kensington Market". Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  3. ^ "Kensington Market". 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 

Coordinates: 51°30′07″N 0°11′22″W / 51.5020°N 0.1895°W / 51.5020; -0.1895