Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market

The London flagship of the American health-food supermarket chain occupies the handsome deco department store that was once Barkers. There are several eateries on the premises.

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Located in the iconic Barkers building, our flagship store in Kensington is a three-storey haven for all food lovers. There's a whole room dedicated to cheese, an in-house coffee roasting bar and a whole floor packed with all your favourite grocery brands.
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Venue name: Whole Foods Market
Address: 63-97 Kensington High St
W8 5SE
Opening hours: Open 8am-10pm Mon-Sat; 10am-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: High St Kensington
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Ok let's get the elephant out of the room, yes all Whole Foods are expensive. This is the flagship store and deserves a visit. The food court alone is worth the trip. Most stores have very limited dining seating while this is huge. I had pizza which was 2 slices for £5 and I didn't need 2! I love to wander but again most stores are small and crowded, not this one! If you can't find it here...it might not exist!


Yes, it's overpriced and impossibly hip, but this US supermarket offers such an incredible range of food, drink, health and other products that it's a tourist destination as well as a store. The beautifully arranged baked goods (various breads, sweet baked goods, including gigantic meringues and brownies) assault you as you enter, so there's a good chance you'll be filling up your basket or trolley before you even get into the main store itself. The basement floor has the most attractive fruit that you'll see in London, and a huge supply of meats, etc, not to mention every kind of food item. The ground floor offers wine, cheese, and a heady array of cold and hot takeaway food charged by weight. The top floor has an impressive food court and a few restaurants, including a branch of Bone Daddies. Expect to pay more than you had intended (there are actually some good bargains) and to stay longer than you ever have in any other supermarket. As with the Whole Foods stores in the US, this is also a hipster pickup spot, so take your time and choose carefully.

Originally being from the US, I have been to many Whole Foods stores, but this one is on another level.  It has anything you could possibly want and things you didn't even know you needed.  Everything is fresh and displayed in a very well-thought out manner.  The place is huge, and I could spend a couple hours walking around, eating, and looking at everything.  There are always samples, so you can try many things before buying them, and the staff has always been extremely friendly and engaging.  This is the best Whole Foods in London I have been to (also been to the Fulham location and Piccadilly Circus which are a bit smaller).  


Pop Up celebrity chef event – Whole Foods: Skrei cod night with Michel Roux

Whole Foods is a large inside food outlet which sells all sorts from various different rices, nuts, fresh vegetables, fish, crockery, etc. Upstairs are several restaurants selling hot pulled pork sandwiches to Chinese cuisine.

Certain times throughout the year Whole Foods lay on special events. I went along to the Skrei Supper Club one that was hosted by the great Michel Roux Jr. who is a Michelin starred chef. Upon the table there are recipe cards and a cardboard VR unit which you could keep and place your mobile in to experience what it might be like if you were a fishermen fishing for Skrei cod in Norway. You had to download a VR 360 video footage to experience it.

To start the night off firstly Michel Roux Jr. explains all about the fishing in Tromsø which is Norway’s most northerly city. Skrei cod can be fished in the seas near Tromsø between January to April. Modern day Vikings boats go out and catch the fish. The fish have to be cut and bled in a special way Michel explains otherwise if it is done wrongly it then is just classed as a standard cut of cod. Skrei cod is called Skrei cod due to its muscles because of the long journey they have encountered. The fish flesh also is more firmer and meaty. The fish once cooked flakes apart and is a dazzling white. Because of its amazing meatiness and appearance is it best served simply pan fried as Michel Roux Jr. explains.

On the night all of us diners were served via waiters/waitresses and Michel Roux Jr.. First dish being the ‘Miso-glazed Skrei, Carrot and Ginger Puree and Crispy Kale’ which the cod just flaked away and literally melted in the mouth. The carrot and ginger puree and crispy kale gave the cod a sweet tangy edge but without overpowering the cod flavour away from our pallets. After we had finished our first dish Michel Roux Jr. done a small cookery demonstration and showed how Skrei cod should be simply cooked with a little oil in a hot frying pan. Next it was onto the second and last course. This was ‘Stewed Skrei with Cannellini Beans and Chorizo’ again the fish just flaked away and looked spectacular with it’s bright white colour against the beans, vegetables and chorizo sauce that it was laying upon. White wine was also served throughout the evening.

Lastly Michel Roux Jr. done a Q&A session where we all asked many questions about Skrei cod and other questions such as what is his food hell etc. Plus he also had time for all of us to thank him for his time and for us to have a photo op with him if we wanted one. Which off course I totally did as it is Michel Roux Jr. after all one of the top class chefs in Britain.

The night was highly enjoyable and this was the first time I had ever tasted Skrei cod or even really heard about it to be honest plus it was such a unique way to experience Michel Roux Jr. cooking and talking about such a high quality product. I will deffinately be looking out in the future for Skrei cod and looking out for other events run by Whole Foods.

Great food, great quality, welcoming staff! Deliciousness over three floors.

best quality, amazing customer service and despite what seems like high price tags, really good value. you get what you pay for. best salmon and love their organic kale and turmeric. And who doesn't love acai bowls and the juices?

Kimberly - The woman with the amazing Red Hair and Positive Attitude makes me feel awesome when I shop at Whole Foods. I absolutely love this store and the people who work in it!!!

This is like Disneyland of supermarkets! You can't walk through this store and not thrill to be healthy and eat the best the planet has to offer us!

I bought seafood from the fresh fish department in Kensington store the day before Christmas Eve. It got packed in an airtight bag. When I opened the bag at home the smell was awful as the seafood was clearly rotting. I wrote to the store for explanations which they were unable to give. They just wrote back saying that, according to their records, the temperatures of their fridges were always right. They offered refund and some other food in exchange, which I politely refused. 

My advice: stay away from the fish department.

Popped into the Piccadilly store this week and was overwhelmed by how amazing this store is. I had forgotten how it really is the centre for all things healthy in London. They made me a hot fresh lemon and honey tea which was amazing and perfect to warding off sniffles. Will be pooping in here again, hopefully when it's a little less busy.


So they haven't quite mastered it to the same degree as the Yanks but Wholefoods is still the best health food store in the UK. The standard branded goods (alpro, meridean etc...) are actually price matched but obviously that's not why we shop there! The best part by far are the aisles upon aisles of granola and the make your own nut butter stands - wayyy too much fun for something that is essentially blending.

I first discovered Whole Foods in Vancouver, BC a year ago and i was impressed by the range of high quality, organic produce that is stocked there. I was delighted to find this Whole Foods store on Kensington High St. This shop is a 'foodies playground'.. there's an incredible array of healthy, organic produce - both fresh and for the larder - along with a huge selection of unusual products in every department. I've become more and more aware of the importance of organic and responsibly source foods in recent years.. I find Whole Foods to be the best in delivering this kind of food shopping experience. Of course, the prices are no where near as competitive and Sainsbury's or Tesco but the quality of the produce on every floor justifies the extra pennies you pay. If you look carefully enough, you will find good offers on cereals and cupboard goods.