South of Hyde Park and neighboured by Kensington and Belgravia, Knightsbridge is an exclusive retail hub in the heart of central London. With battling department stores and high end designer boutiques, Knightsbridge is one of the best places in London to splash your cash.
A tourist honey pot, the famous department store Harrods dominates the area with over 3,000 employees over 300 departments. The huge store is closely rivalled by the stylish Harvey Nichols, with its five floors of luxury clothing, accessories, beauty and delectable foods. The latter is a firm favourite with London locals, whilst Harrods attracts the visiting trade, particularly during the festive season where the stores window displays and spectacular decorations dazzle shoppers.
As the department store giants battle it out, an exclusive cluster of designer stores lines Knightsbridge Streets, such as the famous Sloane Street, where the likes of Christian Dior, Gucci and Prada can be found. Challenging Bond Street as the elite home of designer wares, Knightsbridge is also the proud home of stores for legendary Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo.
To escape from the hustle and bustle of the retail quarter, visitors to Knightsbridge need not go far, with the tranquil Hyde Park running along the north of the area. To the south, designer stores are replaced by beautiful rows of Victorian and Georgian homes, peppered with gardens and quaint antique stores.