Lifestyle, Fashion and Designer Shopping in Kendal

I never forget how fortunate I am to live in Skipton, a small market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, popular with tourists from around the globe. I’m not a native of the town, (or even of the county of North Yorkshire being born over The Pennines in Lancashire), but it’s been home for more than a decade and I love it.  Because of the wealth of walks, country pubs, and stunning scenery on the doorstep, it’s easy to forget that there are countless other equally desirable locations within an hours’ drive from here. The Lake District is one such place. Its breathtaking natural beauty and picture-postcard perfect vistas are widely known and it draws visitors for those reasons alone. I think of the Lakes and I think of childhood boat trips between Ambleside and Windermere and of picnics in the rain and I recall ambling in and out of souvenir shops which seemed to only sell fudge, Kendal Mint Cake, walking sticks and all things sheep. Oh and those postcards showing two identical rainy scenes depicting The Lake District in Winter and The Lake District Summer. The Lake District-perfect for walkers, ramblers and family days out but not somewhere I’d think of as being a good place to shop. Or so I thought until I spent the day in the South Lakes town of Kendal.

It was my first visit to the town centre and I was quite surprised to learn that there is a two-storey shopping centre, Westmorland which has its own car park.  As well as being home to well-known brands Topshop, Waterstones and Clintons, it has a wealth of independent retail stalls that are there for several days a week including Floristry by Carmen, Macarons by Al Strong, alterations and homemade cushions and gifts by Naomi at Maid n Found and bath bombs by a very friendly gentleman whose name I didn’t note, but you’d be able to follow the scent to find him. 

Flowers by Carmen, Kendal Westmorland Shopping Centre
Floristry by Carmen

Flowers by Carmen, Kendal Westmorland Shopping Centre
Floristry by Carmen

Flowers by Carmen, Kendal Westmorland Shopping Centre
Floristry by Carmen

Macarons by Al Strong, Kendal shopping centre
Macarons by Al Strong

Macarons by Al Strong, Kendal shopping centre
Macarons by Al Strong

Alterations at Maid n Found, Kendal shopping centre
Alterations at Maid n Found

Bath bombs, Kendal shopping centre
Bath bombs at Westmorland Shopping Centre

Topshop, Westmorland shopping centre, Kendal
Topshop

Entrance to Westmorland shopping centre, Kendal
Entrance to Westmorland shopping centre, Kendal

Westmorland shopping centre leads onto the main shopping street.
Like Skipton, Kendal is a market town with cobbled streets and yards coming off
what is quite a linear main street, and home to high-street favourites Pandora, Joules,
Specsavers, Lakeland, Next, Costa, TK Maxx, Toni & Guy plus several
independent cafes. 

Well-known brands, Joules and Pandora, Kendal high street
Well-known brands, Joules and Pandora

Independent cafe, Kendal
Kendal has a wealth of independent cafes

Main shopping street, Kendal
The view down Kendal’s main shopping street

Almost directly opposite the main entrance to the shopping centre is Elephant Yard which boasts Monsoon, Boots, Laura Ashley as well as Kendal Library.

Next and Costa, Kendal
Well-known brands, Next and Costa

Elephant Yard, Kendal
Elephant Yard

Elephant Yard, Kendal
Elephant Yard

Wainwright’s
Yard
 is further along the high
street and is where Pizza Express, Booths Supermarket and Maya Maya, (stockiest of both menswear and well-known
womenswear brands including Masai and Sandwich), are located. 

Wainwright's Yard, Kendal
One of the shopping ares off the high street

Maya Maya
Maya Maya- menswear and womenswear

There are two beautiful independent lifestyle stores too in Wainwright’s Yard. Armstrong Ward stocks popular brands including Emma Bridgewater and Cath Kidston, as well as cards, candles, furniture, toys and cushions and it has a fabulous cafe downstairs with a great menu and a very tempting array of cakes.

Armstrong Ward, Wainwright's Yard
Lifestyle Store, Armstrong Ward

Opposite is La Maison, another delightful lifestyle store selling home accessories, jewellery, mirrors and occasional furniture. I spent a considerable time in both of these gorgeous shops.

La Maison, Wainwrights yard, Kendal
Beautiful interior accessories at La Maison

La Maison, Wainwrights yard, Kendal
La Maison

La Maison, Wainwrights yard, Kendal
Occasional furniture at La Maison

La Maison, Wainwrights yard, Kendal
A wide range of home accessories at La Maison

The end of Wainwright’s Yard opens out and from here is access to Marks and Spencer, a florist, cafes and more car parking.

florist in Kendal
Independent florist in Kendal

La Maison, Wainwrights yard, Kendal
Seasonal flowers

Further along the high street, up from Westmorland Shopping centre and on the opposite side to both Elephant Yard and Wainwright’s Yard is the Market Square and a little further still is the rather fabulously named Finkle Street. This is where Beales department store is situated. Beales carries well-known brands including Wallis, Moda in Pelle, Warehouse, Fantasie (lingerie) and a whole host more. White Stuff, Phase Eight and Wave, a contemporary jeweller, also sit on this street.

Finkle Street, Kendal
Finkle Street

Contemporary Jewellers, Wave, Finkle Street, Kendal
Contemporary Jeweller, Wave

Perhaps most surprising is that are two Jules B stores; one for gents and one for women, I spent a lovely leisurely time time in the women’s and chatted to manager Lisa Jackson whilst browsing the designer collections. An award winning independent retailer of designer clothing and accessories, Jules B in Kendal offers clothing by Victoria Beckham, Self Portrait and Alicia & Olivia, bags by Sophie Hulme and bags by Kendall and Kylie and Michael Kors. I would, without question, make the one hour journey for this shop alone.

Jules B menswear, Kendal
Jules B menswear

Designer labels at Jules B, Kendal
Designer womenswear at Jules B

Designer labels at Jules B, Kendal
The latest collections available at Jules B

Designer labels at Jules B, Kendal, Self Portrait
Self Portrait at Jules B

Designer labels at Jules B, Kendal

Designer labels at Jules B, Kendal
Designer labels at Jules B

Victoria Beckham at Jules B, Kendal
Victoria Beckham at Jules B

Designer labels, Sophie Hulme at Jules B, Kendal
Sophie Hulme handbags at Jules b

Designer labels, Michael Kors, Kendall and Kylie at Jules B, Kendal
Kendall and Kylie and Michael Kors at Jules B

Just off Finkle Street is Beast Banks which has the The Famous 1657 Chocolate House, an Aladdin’s Cave where chocoholics can eat, drink, dip and buy chocolate to their hearts’content.

The Chocolate House, Kendal
The Chocolate House

The Chocolate House, Kendal
A mouthwatering array

The Chocolate House, Kendal

Up from this is the Kendal Tourist Information Centre and adjacent to this is another beautiful home accessories and childrenswear store called Forget me Not, which sells sofas, mirrors,cushions and a very tasteful selection of gifts.

Forget me Not, Kendal

Forget me Not, Kendal
Beautiful sofas at Forget Me Not

Forget me Not, Kendal
One of several rooms full of home accessories at Forget Me Not

Forget me Not, Kendal
Accessories for every room in the home at Forget Me Not

Opposite is Hogarth’s Jewellers and close by on New Shambles is Iridium Fine Stationery which sells fountain pens, leather notebooks and beautiful artisan paper.

Iridium Fine Stationery, Kendal
Iridium Fine Stationery

As well as this excellent fashion and lifestyle offering, Kendal runs a Courtesy Toilet Scheme. This provides members of the public with clean, safe and accessible toilets across the town. There are several car parks and plenty of places to eat and get a drink.

Take a look at the brand new website Visit Kendal for everything you need to know.

It was a true eye-opener and I absolutely loved my day in Kendal. I thoroughly recommend a visit. There really is so much more than Kendal Mint Cake and cagoules.


Love Lizzy x


I’m wearing:
* Leopard print jacquard jacket, currently half price at £27, Kaleidoscope
*Italian grey suede saddle shoulder bag, £79, Marks and Spencer
Large silver coloured dragonfly brooch, £17.50, Lizzy O.
Black, taupe and champagne crystal set bracelets, £12.50 each, Lizzy O.
Black top, Next, past season
Skinny jeans, Next, past season
Black leather Chelsea boots, Marks and Spencer, past season


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6 Comments

  1. Sandra Frazer February 19, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Love Kendal has been my home town for 12 years now. My 8 year old daughter knows Al Strong by name and she is the one that picks the Macarons, salted caramel are her favourites. So glad you liked it and hopefully your followers will visit too.

  2. Nancy's Fashion Style February 20, 2017 / 8:04 am

    I am a huge Victoria Beckham and Michael Kors fan so this is great! But the macarons are fabulous ntoo!😁😁😁

  3. Suzy Turner February 20, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    I visited Kendal 19 years ago when my hubby and I spent our honeymoon in the Lake District (living in the Algarve, we didn't want sun, sand and sea lol!) and I loved it. We really ought to go back, it looks like a fabulous place 🙂
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

  4. Catherine Summers February 20, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    OMG Liz what an amazing day out!! So much to see and do, I never knew Kendal had so many lovely shops and places to visit.

    I have a bone to pick with you though… I now absolutely HAVE to have one of those dresses in Jules B – the animal print ones (because of the giraffes on them) – who are they by? I have to know so I can cry into my pillow about why they're not mine…!!!!!! 😫😫😫

    Catherine x
    http://notdressedaslamb.com

  5. Elegance and Mommyhood February 21, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    WOW shopping in Kendal sounds like so much fun. Love all those gorgeous fresh flowers and the buildings are so cool and vintage-looking. You look great too. Nice coat, perfectly styled for a shopping Winter day. Loving your shorter hair, too.

    Welcome by on Thursdays and linkup with me this week and every Thursday, dear Lizzy. Thanks and have a lovely week. Ada. =)

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