Knightsbridge and Kensington
Knightsbridge is a section of London that caters to those who
have it all. The stores are luxurious, the homes extravagant and
walking through this area is a treat, especially when you add in a
visit to the amazing Harrods store. Kensington is similar to
Knightsbridge with the addition of a palace and numerous museums. On
exhibition Road, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and
the Victoria and Albert Museum are located in close proximity to
Harrods, which has a reputation as the supplier to the “upper
crust”, is a London institution that draws thousands of tourists to
Knightsbridge and Brompton Road.
This icon of retailing is a large
store that consists of seven levels appointed with luxury goods. It
offers over one million square feet of selling space, but is known
for its high quality goods and excellent service. Of course, most of
us will never know the excellent service since we will probably not
be purchasing items such as a £1,000,000 pair of diamond encrusted
shoes or a £250,000 Madame Tassaud's waxwork of .......yourself!
Harrod's is a fun place to visit. If you are interested, head for
the home furnishing areas and compare what you find there with the
contents of your local mall.
South Kensington Station
Be sure to see the magnificent “Food Halls” - shopping was never
like this at home. You will wander the Charcuterie, Fromagerie &
Traiteur, Chocolates, Confectionary and a Meat, Fish and Poultry
areas that will astound you with the available selection.
At last count, Harrods had 11 restaurants and a total of
30 eateries of one kind or another. Have a snack or a meal at
Harrods; it is likely that you will not regret it.
Most visitors find a way to depart Harrods with one of their
green shopping bags filled some goodies. Maybe these are goodies to
die for, but many just want one of those trendy bags to show the
folks at home.
Click here for access to the website of the
Harrods' Knightsbridge Store.
There are a number of stores selling luxury goods in the
Knightsbridge/South Kensington areas and you
might want to walk down Brompton Road to Beauchamp Place. A short lane
filled with exquisite shops and several good restaurants, Beauchamp Place
was the shopping area favored by Princess Diana. See this
site for more
information on Beauchamp Place.
alternate route to Beauchamp Place is to exit on the Basil street side of
Harrods and continue west down Walton Street, exploring its interesting
neighborhood until you reach Beauchamp Place - turn right.
Advertised as the world’s largest museum for the decorative arts, the V & A
is considered one of the world’s treasure houses for this type of
The Victoria and Albert has more than a hundred galleries
housing a collection of over four million objects representing three
thousand years of the best in decorative arts. It includes National
Collections of sculpture, furniture, fashion and photographs. In addition,
there are extensive sub-sections featuring architecture, ceramics, textiles,
prints and sculptures.
Click here to visit the
Victoria and Albert Museum's web site.
One of the finest European natural history museums, it includes Life
Galleries (featuring dinosaurs, insects, ecology, human biology, mammals,
primates and minerals), The Earth Galleries, the Darwin Center, the Wildlife
Garden and changing special exhibitions.
Tours are provided and you can
inquire about them at the Information Desk. If you like natural history,
this is a great place for an in-depth visit.
For more information on visiting, see the
Museum's website .
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Dating back at least 600 years, the Leadenhall market was once a granary
with a chapel. Rebuilt in the 19th century with wrought iron and glass,
Leadenhall Market was restored again in 1991 and is a charming venue.
The market has a mixture of shops and eateries and is a
pleasant place to spend an hour. The market operates daily
from Monday through Friday.
Kensington Palace has been serving as a royal palace since the late 17th
century. Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, as was Queen Mary,
the present Queen’s grandmother.
In the past few years, this residence of the “Royals” has grown in
popularity due its having been one of Diana, Princess of Wales “official”
residences. In 2011 it was reported that a small apartment in the Palace
would become the temporary home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (HRH
Prince William and Kate).
The Kensington Palace
tours are undergoing quite a change as they are being
re-designed for the 21st century in the form that includes fashion,
performance and music. See the official website at
Historic Royal Palaces for
details of this interesting transition in style.
You might want to wander east to Kensington Gardens, a lovely formal Garden
between the Palace and Hyde Park.
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