Knightsbridge and Sloane Street

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Harrods at night time, Knightsbridge

Dior at Knightsbridge

Beauchamp Place near Knightsbridge

Harvey Nichols clock

Best for: Top end designer fashion.

The world famous Harrods department store with its lavish interior and over 300 departments is a ‘must see’, particularly at Christmas. If you’re into designer fashion Harvey Nichols is another must, as is the array of international designer fashion houses including Gucci, Dior, Prada and Louis Vuitton in Sloane Street. Further down Brompton Road on the south side you will find Beauchamp Place (pronounced Beecham) an oasis of traditional small shops. From Knightsbridge it’s a short walk to relax by the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.

Specialist shops:  Rigby and Peller the bespoke lingerie shop in Hans Road beside Harrods, McKenna and Co fine antique and period jewellery, Nespresso Club and antiquarian map shop The Map House in Beauchamp Place, and kitchen shop and cookery school Divertimenti further down on Brompton Road.

People spotting: Russian oligarchs and Saudi Royals, old money, surviving Sloane Rangers and the generally well-heeled.

Trivia: Knightsbridge takes its name from a bridge that crossed the Westbourne River which is now underground, although there are various lurid stories of knights being killed here as well.