Elegant, Exclusive, Luxurious and Expensive: Lunch in Knightsbridge

Eating in department stores is convenient when one is busy shopping, and Knightsbridge is no exception with both Harrods and Harvey Nichols offering high end eating establishments within their shopping offering, and this is not your average shop canteen, but super refined tastes, flavours and ingredients. At Harvey Nichols Fifth floor most of it is organic to boot, a simple, well execute menu. If it's Arabic flavours you are looking for then try Mamounia which spans Morocco to the Middle East serving up Lebanese Mezze and Moroccan Tagines. If it's superstar chefs you are after, there are plenty to choose from in this part of town, but two who stand out are Marcus Waering at the Berkeley and Heston Blumental, the magician of molecular cuisine at the Mandarin Oriental. 

Nobu combines star chef status with Japanese with a twist food, and again, it might now be an internationally renowned concern, but for a reason, the tastes, presentation and flavours on offer here are a once in a lifetime experience, that is, unless you actually live in Knightsbridge. This area in London boasts some of the priciest real estate in the world.  One Hyde Park development sold its most expensive property off plan for an estimated 100 million pounds to a Qatari prince, another one is said to have been sold for a similar figure to an Afghani prince. Knightsbridge has long had an association with the rest of the world and its rich cultural mix is reflected in its restaurants.

Al Sultan

As with everything else in London, you can find cheaper versions of the same just across the border, from Knightsbridge Al Sultan fulfills that requirement and is tasty too.Featuring dishes such as baked ground meat with crushed wheat, stuffed...  Read More


Quilon is not strictly speaking in Knightsbridge, it is nearer St James' Park tube station, but it is just across the border from Knightsbridge and since it has a Michelin star combined with South Indian cuisine, it was worth including. When...  Read More


The conservatory-like dining room at the Lanesborough takes traditional British tea for a turn by providing international flair. The room is decked out in mint green and pink, and flowing water adds to the ambience. Tiny sandwiches, crumpets,...  Read More

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester has come highly recommended. The book "Foodie Top 100 Restaurants: Worldwide" sings the restaurant's praises very highly saying that the chef 's roast chicken has an "almost frothy texture" and a "fragant" truffle...  Read More

Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley
Photo courtesy of Marcus Wareing

It's a lunchtime destination of the Knightsbridge power brokers at The Berkeley. Marcus Wareing cooks up for the top brass at his top London restaurant. Plush leather, dark wood and richly painted claret-coloured walls, matching wine-coloured...  Read More


Nobu London was the first venture for the Japanese chef, Nobu Matsuhisa. This restaurant offers London's most extensive Japanese menu, although Latin and American influences are thrown in to create a truly original cuisine. Traditional favorites...  Read More

Mamounia Lounge Knightsbridge

Mamounia is unabashed shiny black marble, gold drapes and luxurious table settings. It has set itself up as the most luxurious experience in London, and by Knightsbridge standards that's going some, but it pulls it off. The restaurant serves...  Read More

Dinner By Heston
Photo courtesy of Dinner By Heston

All hail Heston Blumenthal and his latest London venture Dinner by Heston at the terribly posh Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Chef Ashley Palmer Watts cooks up in the glass encased centerpiece kitchen to show off the roasting meat on a spit. Stunning...  Read More

Harvey Nichols

Favored especially by fashion-conscious folks, this well-regarded department store is known for its propensity towards designer labels. Begun in 1813, the enterprise offers a wealth of men's and women's apparel, not to mention a strong home...  Read More

London's world-famous department store, Harrods has been a city fixture since it opened in 1849. Impeccable service and a wonderful, diverse selection have earned the store a place in the hearts of Londoners. Although prices are somewhat steep,...  Read More


Meet Emma Wallis

London gives Emma a warm fuzzy feeling every time she gets back to her home city. As a writer and broadcaster she travels extensively round Europe and the world, but is always happy to return to...  More About Emma

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