Knightsbridge is an area of London which is renowned for it's shops, in particular high end shops and stores. Located in the SW7 postcode, Knightsbridge is well served by London's underground stations. Knightsbridge, or the neighbouring Sloane Square or South Kensington underground stations. Each of these stations is easily reached on foot from Knightsbridge.
Harrods Store, London
Harrod's, probably the most famous store in the UK, is right here in Knightsbridge with the tube station conveniently located next door, the store itself takes up a whole block and offers floor after floor of every possible item you might like to buy. From ladies make-up and perfumes to Harrod's own and very popular pet shop. A day, yes a whole day in Harrod's is highly recommended, the wonder of the food halls with the freshest produce on display, enticing cakes and chocolates, ice cream parlours. You name it, all types of foods and refreshments are on offer for the busy shopper.
One of the best times to visit Harrod's is around Christmas time, when the shops frontage and windows offer up their most eye catching displays. Each year at Christmas Harrod's launches it's newest special Christmas Teddy Bear which has become highly collectible. Santa also comes to stay at Harrod's each year and children or the child in us loves to visit his grotto and collect a special Christmas gift. Still on the theme of Christmas, it's worth visiting the Christmas decoration department within Harrods, here you will find a great choice of baubles and bangles with which to adorn our homes at this special time of year.
Harvey Nichols window display
Lets also not forget the equally inviting Harvey Nichols store, just a short stroll up from Knightsbridge underground station and Harrod's. Harvey Nichols is a shopaholics mecca. Luxury goods include handbags, leather goods, shoes, fashion both high street and designer, make-up and perfumes.
Here is the famous Fifth floor restaurant (the girls in Absolutely Fabulous loved it), plus there is an excellent foodie store. Like Harrods, the window displays at Harvey Nichols over the Christmas period are really eye catching and draw the crowds.
Knightsbridge is a wonderful place to shop. Many fashion houses have their flagship stores in Knightsbridge, for example:- Jimmy Choo, Prada, Manolo Blahnik, Louis Vuitton, Burberry to name just a few.
Just because Knightsbridge conjures up the epitome of luxury, don't be put of! The majority of shoppers can still find their favourite High Street shops such as Reiss, United Colours of Beneton and Zara for example.
Tiffany and Co
So, if you are in London, and find yourself in need of a bit of retail therapy, be it for shoes, bags, travel goods, gifts, fashion, jewellery, lingerie, then you could do far worse than taking a trip to Knightsbridge. It is located within zone 1 and very easily reached from the West End.
Knightsbridge not only has an enticing number of shops and stores to make you weak at the knees but also has a good number of luxury hotels in the vicinity. The Mandarin Oriental being one such hotel, the Mandarin Oriental sits opposite Harvey Nichols Store. Very convenient! A relative newcomer to Knightsbridge is the Bulgari Hotel & Residences, this hotel only opened it's doors within the past 12 months. Then there are the old favourites the Beauchamp or the Capital Hotels, both excellent hotels for their excellent locations within Knightsbridge.
The Mandarin Oriental in London's Knightsbridge
Once you have finished your shopping expedition, if you didn't find a place to eat, then it's worth mentioning the wonderful gastropub The Admiral Codlington, a gem of a place to eat, drink and relax.
The Admiral Codlington
The Admiral Codlington or as it is affectionately referred to as the "Cod" is located on Mossop Street, Knightsbridge.
Knightsbridge, an exclusive central London district, gave birth to the socialite 'Sloane Ranger' trend that prevailed throughout the 1980s, lead by the iconic Diana, Princess of Wales. Safe and family-friendly Knightsbridge offers high-end shopping opportunities. The area is easily accessed from other districts via London Underground's Knightsbridge tube station on the Piccadilly line.
Highlights and Features
* Sloane Street is a designer shopper's dream. It features boutiques for the most celebrated of fashion design houses.
* Harrods, the world's most famous luxury department store, with its motto that "anything is possible" boasts that there is nothing that they cannot procure. The Brompton Road store has seven floors, 330 departments and 27 eateries, which ooze opulence and pure indulgence.
* Harvey Nichols, located on Knightsbridge, is the UK's leading designer fashion retailer, offering prestigious brands in fashion, accessories, home goods, beauty and food.
* Edward Sexton at Nutter's on Beauchamp Place is the place for men to purchase the finest bespoke tailoring.
* Philip Treacy on Elizabeth Street is the place to get outfitted for the season's mad whirl of society events.
* Jo Malone boutiques on Sloane Street and Brompton Road offer custom-blended perfumes for personal and home use.
* Cocomaya on Pavilion Road offers exquisite designer chocolate confections.