The Real Knightsbridge
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When you think of Knightsbridge, you think of shopping. Crowned by Harrods — one of the most famous shops in the world — the area is packed with international fashion houses, luxury brands and niche boutiques. Here’s an overview of the best shopping hot-spots in Knightsbridge.

Brompton Road

Knightsbridge is home to Harrods, the store where you can famously buy anything. Indeed, its motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique, meaning All Things for All People, Everywhere. This huge department store is spread across 90,000 sq m of space, is divided into 330 departments, and attracts an impressive 15 million customers each year. Established in 1849, the store has expanded considerably since its humble beginnings as a single room grocery store, and is now arguably the shopping jewel of Knightsbridge. Visit www.harrods.com for a store map.

For those in the know, Harvey Nichols is just up the road and is the one-stop destination for the latest in luxury fashion. Their Fifth Floor Restaurant is also worth a visit, offering à la carte cuisine as well as hosting a Yo Sushi and a lunch time deli bar.

Packed around these two department store giants are the flagship stores for almost every international brand you can imagine. Rolex, McLaren and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank can be found at the top of Brompton Road, with numerous major fashion brands further down.

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Motcomb Street

Motcomb Street offers a quieter shopping experience, and has an abundance of high-end fashion. Most of the shops on Motcomb Street tend to be niche or boutique, with an emphasis on quality. Award-winning chocolate shop Rococo can be found here, as can bespoke jewellery designer Carolina Bucci, Michaeljohn Medispa, perfumer Annick Goutal, Gio Genko tailors, and Christian Louboutin.

There are also plenty of restaurant options ranging from the Pentechnicon public house and dining room, Ramsey’s Michelin Starred restaurant Pétrus, and the well established restaurant Motcombs. For a light lunch, head to excellent coffee shop and cake makers Ottolenghi.

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Elizabeth Street

Elizabeth Street is characterised by its wide pavements and independent retailers. This is a fashionable shopping street amongst residents and visitors alike, and has a distinctive village ambiance. Internationally acclaimed fashion designer Jenny Packham has a store here, alongside Veronica Moncho Lobo, Donna Ida, and jewellery maker Erickson Beamon. Papouelli are a boutique store specialising in children’s clothes, as well as Mungo & Maud — a fashionable clothing store for dogs. The street is also home to the wine shop Jeroboams, specialist cigar merchants TomTom Cigars, and one of the most exclusive perfumers in London, Les Senteurs.

Located in a quiet area of Belgravia, Elizabeth Street is an ideal place to head for lunch or an evening meal. The restaurant Oliveto specialise in Italian and Sardinian cuisine, and The Thomas Cubitt pub offers shoppers the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere with their outside tables.

Peggy Porschen and Baker & Spice offer delicious cakes, whilst TomTom Coffee House is the place to go for a relaxing coffee break.

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