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London Calling!

By Rebecca Joerres, May 29, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres
Traveling on vacation this summer? We want to go with you! Or maybe just find us when you get there. Many of our stores are just a hop, skip or a subway/tube/bus stop from many of your favorite summer destinations. Over the summer, we’ll be featuring stores near destinations around the U.S., U.K. and Canada that are conveniently located near vacation destinations like historical landmarks, beaches, artsy and adventurous escapades, festivals and more! 8 out of 10* Whole Foods Market team members agree that when planning a vacation, preparations usually include a search for the closest Whole Foods Market. Does that make us grocery store nerds? Yep. But more importantly, traveling means that we can check out stores we’ve never seen before and easily find the high quality products we love while we’re away from home. *Data based on an informal poll of team members in Austin, Texas. And, um, we asked the people who would support our point. It was just kind a fun way to open the blog post, you know? Don’t put any stock in it. If you’re traveling to London this summer – here are a few of our stores that are just around the corner from some must-see destinations. Whole Foods Market stores in London:


The Kensington store is the largest of our five London stores (or shops, as they are referred to by Londoners), which means that it can offer you that much more of the foods that you love, or are soon to love. You’ll find dozens of regional UK and European cheeses in the unique cheese room; handmade chocolates; meat from a 75 foot butchers’ counter; fresh fish prepared by skilled fishmongers and a pub – just to name a few. Nearest tube stop: HIGH STREET KENSINGTON Nearby attractions: For more information, check out the Kensington store page on our website or check for regular store updates on facebook.


This bite-sized Whole Foods Market is bursting with local flavor and is located in the heart of London’s vibrant Soho neighborhood just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus (the London equivalent of Times Square). The Soho store is packed to the rafters with all your travel essentials from freshly prepared salads to natural remedies…. and great people watching. Nearest tube stop: PICCADILLY CIRCUS Nearby attractions: For more information, check out the Soho store page on our website or check for regular updates on facebook.


Our Camden Store is conveniently located near North London’s eccentric arts quarter in Camden Town Market and is perfectly located for grabbing a healthy lunch and energizing smoothie before hitting the market to look for gifts and mementos. Or, stroll around Primrose Hill Park and Parliament Hill, both offering up a perfect spot for a picnic and magnificent views over looking London. Nearest tube stop: CAMDEN TOWN Nearby attractions: For more information, check out the Camden store page on our website or check for regular updates on facebook. Get more information about all of our UK stores. What types of travel plans do you have for the summer? We’d love to hear about them.




Marian says ...
Hey! I'm going to London this summer. I'll send you a pic if I run into any Whole Foods there. ;)
06/01/2011 9:57:40 PM CDT
Robin Gooden says ...
Each time I arrive in London my first stop is the Kensington Whole Foods store. You have everything I need to get settled before I get to my hotel. Thank you for having such a fantastic store.
06/02/2011 7:04:40 AM CDT
liz bardsley says ...
The guide to London stores was a great idea. Please publish more. When my husband and I were in Sonoma, California, the WF there became our breakfast, lunch and dinner on some days and we were supposed to be dining at the best restaurants Sonoma and Napa had to offer. We thoroughly enjoyed the stacked sandwiches and salads on offer at the prepared food counter and the sandwich mistresses! were really friendly. When we travel we always look for a WF as a good food home base.
06/02/2011 7:53:05 AM CDT
DENISE ROE says ...
Rebecca Joerres You are spot on a Brit myself who used to live in London in 1980 we could of done with such a great Whole foods chain store I do alot of travelling and a few years ago went to Brussles they had a few small so called organic shops but nothing you could count on or truly trust to be of good quality even when staying in expensive hotels you are still being served food that is not organic I bring my own food from whole foods knowing it has passed tests and is of quality when I travel but to have more of your stores in other big cities would be great When I finally get back to London I will make sure to visit your stores Thank you Whole foods Market for all that you do Denise Keep up the good work
06/02/2011 7:59:48 AM CDT
R Pickands says ...
It so happens that I will be in London later this year and from your description of the Kensington shop, I will have to add it to my itinerary. One of the associates in my local store's specialty department knows of my fondness for English cheeses, and so I'm sure I'll be bringing back an extensive wish list.
06/02/2011 9:43:25 AM CDT
Randi Dawson says ...
This is so true! I worka at a store in Missouri but when on vacation in Los Angeles, i visited as many Whole Foods Markets as I could find! you get to see cool ideas you can bring back to your store and see all teh wonderful things that this company is doing. Each store has its own personality!
06/02/2011 12:03:24 PM CDT
Mary Jean says ...
Please open a Whole Foods in NW Arkansas. I miss you!
06/02/2011 12:43:36 PM CDT
Maté F. says ...
Beautiful description I really enjoy all the great feedback, I hope to visit London for summer very soon. Cheers! P.S. LOve Whole Foods Market And Services!
06/02/2011 2:38:28 PM CDT
Teresa says ...
When I traveled across country last year, I immediately felt at home when I arrived at the San Raphael Whole Foods. I look forward to the taste of home when we visit WF London later this summer!
06/02/2011 2:49:49 PM CDT
Steven says ...
Its been a long time coming but Whole foods finally opened in England. I feel they would have done very well if they started their stores in London as early as 1995!! Glad your on site now though...My Whole Foods currently is in the Regency area of Omaha Nebraska...
06/03/2011 1:05:58 PM CDT
Kim Weatherby says ...
We will be in London this summer. Now, I know I will find food that my children will eat. Hurray!!!
06/05/2011 9:50:54 AM CDT
William D. Hill says ...
Very timely. I am planning a trip to the UK this fall. I have lived in the UK for 7 years and quality food is a hallmark of UK shops. They may not know how to cook it like the French and Italians but they sure know how to grow it. Cheers!
06/05/2011 4:36:33 PM CDT
Melissa says ...
I'm going in 3 weeks and I'll definitely go to Whole Foods while I'm there to pick up things to eat and cook!
06/05/2011 7:43:38 PM CDT
Monica Radoszewski says ...
My husband and I are presently in the UK! The Kensington WFM was our first stop after we arrived at our hotel. The store is beautiful and the "pastys" were delicious! A few days later, we stumbled upon the Soho WFM. Truly a great place to people watch! Next stop is Camden WFM!
06/07/2011 3:09:56 AM CDT
scott48 says ...
I am planning a trip to Europe in September and it will end with a stop in London. So, of course, I plan on visiting a few of the WFM stores while there. I've heard so many great things about them and am looking forward to seeing for myself the amazing offerings that these stores have to offer! I'll definitely report back.
06/08/2011 11:30:22 AM CDT
Ellen Rose says ...
I am currently working at the San Antonio, Texas store, and would be interested in a London store. I was wondering how far the closest store is to Manchester. Thank you.
12/20/2012 10:43:20 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ELLEN - You can find an entire list of our UK stores on our website at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list/uk.
12/27/2012 3:52:29 PM CST