Big Brands and Museum Stores: Shop Your Socks Off in Knightsbridge

Knightsbridge's modern borders are rather blurred between Kensington and Chelsea and the edges of Hyde Park and Belgravia to the East. The area morphs in and out rapidly, taking in bits of Belgravia, Kensington, Sloane Street, the museum stores of South Kensington and even bits of Notting Hill, although that is not strictly Knightsbridge. What is easier to define is Knightsbridge's USP, it's high octane glamour and serious wealth. Knightsbridge's department stores, Harrods and Harvey Nichols say it all, temples to modern consumerism, these are places that do giant size walk in dolls houses, working mini Ferrari style cars and all the designer names you can think of. Modern, edgy opticians, Cutler and Gross that grace the fashion catwalks have their headquarters in Knightsbridge. Their cool white design stores, vintage British design combined with modern technology epitomises what Knightsbridge is all about. If you haven't quite got a deep enough purse for all this luxe, then you can still take home a small bit of feeling special by indulging in a Rococo chocolate or Hummingbird bakery cupcake. If baking takes your fancy more than actually eating, then head to Divertimenti, the ultimate cooking store and cook's paradise where you really can buy every gadget known to man (and woman) and sign up for cookery courses too. Have fun shopping.



This cool, clean store offers can't-miss gifts to enhance comfort. Fine bed linens, handmade blankets, every bath accessory you can imagine, a great selection of plush bathrobes and towels, and sweet-smelling beauty products such as orange...  Read More



Alfie's Antique Market is the biggest covered market for antiques in London. It hosts numerous stall holders who sell antiques and collectables from a variety of eras. The place is frequented by interior designers, collectors, and set...  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



Rococo chocolates was founded way back in 1983, quite a long time before foodie businesses became mainstream, but in areas like Belgravia, Chelsea and Knightsbridge where Rococo functions, this kind of specialist store is emblematic of the area...  Read More



The Hummingbird Bakery is just one of a batch of delicious bakery and cupcake shops in London and across the UK. Serving up delicious butter cream topped cupcakes and various other things, this is about the American kind of cupcake, soft light...  Read More



Divertimenti describes itself as the ultimate cookshop. There is cookware, bakeware, kitchen knives, electricals, a cookery school, cooks tools, food and books. All of top quality and great new gadgets that you didn't even know you needed, but...  Read More



The Science museum is of course a museum store, but it's a great shop, and since the big museums form part of Knightsbridge and Kensington's cache then it seemed like a good list on which to appear. The museum itself is loads of fun for children...  Read More



The Victoria and Albert museum is a world famous art and design museum. They have exhibitions of film costumes, Princess Diana's dresses, David Bowie, Vivienne Westwood and now Pearls. You can easily spend all day in the museum even just looking...  Read More



Cutler and Gross is an international brand now, but it's flagship store is in Knightsbridge in the heart of West London. The store was designed by architect Piers Gough and is clean white lines to display their trademark sunglasses. Cutler and...  Read More


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