If money’s no object—or you just want to pretend for a while that it isn’t—there’s no better place in London than Knightsbridge. From the iconic luxury of Harrods department store on Brompton Road to the even tonier boutiques, like Harvey Nichols and Tom Ford along Sloane Street, Knightsbridge is a fashion-lover’s paradise.
Hugging the top of Knightsbridge is sprawling Hyde Park, one of London’s largest green spaces, fantastic for an urban stroll. The Diana Memorial Fountain honors the late princess, who lived at Kensington Palace on the park’s west end (Prince William and his young family have also recently relocated here). The two Serpentine Galleries, straddling the lake of the same name at the park’s center, host outstanding contemporary art shows.
With a brand-new entrance hall, courtyard and exhibition space, the Victoria and Albert Museum (or just “the V&A” to locals) is the world’s largest decorative arts and design museum, featuring seven magnificent floors of sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, furniture and more, spanning five millennia and as many continents. The V&A Cafe, aside from being the world’s oldest museum restaurant, is an ideal spot for afternoon tea.
Insider tip: Grab sushi with London’s VIPs—and, on occasion, celebs such as Beyonce and Kanye West—at Zuma, one of London’s best and buzziest Japanese restaurants.