Knightsbridge, owing its namesake to a street that runs through said West London neighborhood, is synonymous with luxury. It’s the home to billionaires, a whole lot of tree-lined streets and the names that define London fashion. But on a more modest scale, it’s also the home of the Sloane Ranger, the young female upstart seen spending their inheritance on Sloane Street, one of the neighborhood’s key shopping arteries.
Since we’re on the topic, let’s tackle the two retail grandes dames of the area: Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Certainly toting a Harrods tote is a shibboleth of foreign tourist status rivaling queuing up at New York’s Fifth Avenue Abercrombie store. But the department store’s one million square feet of selling space is well worth the visit, if for no other reason to see a store with 330 distinct departments. If you’re feeling like a sassy investor, there are gold bars for sale, with the option of selling them back to the store. The less cheeky among us can settle for purchasing the usual department store fare of luxury goods on offer.
Keep in mind that the store retains a dress code for its customers and has turned away people at the door deemed not to make the standard. Leave the Uggs at home. Just adjacent to Harrods at the corner of Sloane and Knightsbridge Streets is Harvey Nichols, known colloquially as Harvey Nicks. What Harrods has in pomp, Harvey Nichols has in sass.
The store features tried-and-true labels as well as threads from up-and-coming designers. Head by in August for hidden deals. Swing by anytime for the gourmet food shop or to grab a cocktail at the Fifth Floor Bar, a quick bite at the glass-enclosed Café, overlooking Knightsbridge or a more sumptuous meal at the restaurant. Even if you can’t really afford much else in the store, a quick glass of champagne will let you drink in some luxury—pun fully intended.
If your fashion tastes are already honed, head over to one of the neighborhood’s flagship boutiques. London’s own Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik have their main shops here. If your (shopping) fetishes don’t stop at your feet, check out the underpinnings at Agent Provocateur’s main store. Anya Hindmarch will equip you with the purses and accessories to tote it all back. If your tastes run true prep, you can’t go wrong with British mainstay Hackett. The kidlets can get suited up at Rachel Riley, complete with matching clothes for Mum.