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The Knightsbridge area in central London, and Sloane Street in particular, is where it's at as far as retail therapy goes. If you want high-end shopping, Knightsbridge is home to famous stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols, and the flagship stores of many fashion houses such as Jimmy Choo, Prada and Manolo Blahnik. Some of London's most renowned restaurants are here, as well as many exclusive hair and beauty salons, antiques and antiquities dealers, chic bars and clubs.
Harrods is more than the world’s biggest and most famous department store, it is a London icon and a major tourist attraction in itself. The seasonal Christmas department, toy department and food halls are famous the world over, and visitors to the area usually can't help but stop in for a browse. The store boasts 330 departments, including food halls, 32 restaurants, valet parking and personal shopping, and caters to over 300,000 visitors on peak days.
Shopping isn't for everyone, and after just a 13-minute walk from Harrods, visitors to Knightsbridge can delight in the wonders of the Natural History Museum, absolutely free of charge. Don't miss the magnificent collection of dinosaur skeletons here, probably one of the most famous collections of its type in the world. The Victoria and Albert Museum is just around the corner from here as well, and is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design.
Walk in the opposite direction from Harrods for four minutes and you will arrive at Hyde Park Corner, home of the Wellington Arch. From here visitors can take a stroll through the famous Hyde Park, with its assortment of sculptures and memorials, including the Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.
Eating out is big business in Knightsbridge, with a superb assortment of restaurants, gastro pubs, cafés and bars to choose from. You'll find restaurants owned by some of the world’s top chefs here, including Heston Blumenthal and Daniel Boulud, offering top-end dining in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, next to Hyde Park.
Spend the evening dining at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, which offers seasonally inspired menus with simple modern dishes, inspired by traditional British gastronomy. In the same building, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, you will also find Bar Boulud, owned by renowned Lyon-born chef, Daniel Boulud. Here you will find delicious rustic French cuisine, as well as Boulud’s popular American burgers.