Knightsbridge: a quintessentially English experience mixed with a bit of London glamour
When you get off the tube at Knightsbridge you will immediately see Harrods, London’s most famous department store, and a plethora of high-end designer boutiques. While the area is considered one of the best shopping destinations on the planet (and for good reason!), it also has a certain old world London charm. The beautiful red brick houses, luxury hotels with opulent bars and tea rooms, and restaurants which have become London institutions all make Knightsbridge one of the must-see neighbourhoods in London.
Getting to Knightsbridge could not be easier. Knightsbridge has its own tube station if you find yourself on the District or Circle line. The area is an easy walk from South Kensington or Sloane Square. There are also many buses which will drop you off in front of Harrods or Harvey Nichols.
There are many must-see attractions in Knightsbridge but shopping is what this upmarket area of London is known for! You must walk the aisles of Harrods to see beyond beautiful clothing, one of London’s most amazing Christmas shops and a food hall which will make you want to eat for days! Knightsbridge also houses the flagship stores of British heritage brands such as Mulberry and Burberry. If these top end designers are over the top end of your budget fear not! You can also find high-street favourites such as Topshop, Zara and H&M. If the shops haven’t tired you out then head towards South Kensington to visit the Victoria & Albert Museum and Brompton Oratory, one of the city’s largest Catholic churches. The architecture of these two buildings is absolutely stunning and should not be missed! Visit V&A if you are interested in decorative arts & design.
Because the area attracts many tourists with money to burn, restaurants in Knightsbridge range from very chic and expensive to more affordable and trendy. If you are an early riser head to the Mandarin Oriental for a decadent champagne breakfast. If you head to the area later in the day, be sure to check out one of London’s most popular concept restaurants, Burger & Lobster, where they only serve… you guessed it – burgers and lobster for a flat £20 fee!
For a quintessentially English experience mixed with a bit of London glamour there is no doubt that you should head to Knightsbridge for a few hours… see my local tips!