If any store can lay claim to being the most famous shop in the world, it’s Harrods. With over 330 departments it is the biggest in Europe and a must-see destination for many seeking out London’s most iconic spots. Fortunately, it is also surrounded by some of the best designer and high street shopping in London.
Most of the big-name fashion designers, such as including Gucci, Dior, Prada and Louis Vuitton, can be found on Sloane Street (see stores list), but if you prefer equally elegant shops on a smaller scale, head for Beauchamp Place (see stores list) and Walton Street (see stores list).
Don’t forget London’s other premier department store, Harvey Nichols, which has over eight floors of fashion, beauty and accessories to its name. Don’t miss the fifth floor food market or, for a more decadent experience, stop for a snack in Burger and Lobster – from chowing down on crustaceans to gorging on gourmet burgers, Burger & Lobster’s trademark simple menu offers a choice of three delicious dishes at £20 each.
At the other end of Sloane Street is King’s Road in Chelsea; here you can find a great selection of high street stores such as Zara and Banana Republic (see stores list) plus a great selection of independent cafes and coffee shops. The King’s Road was the place where the beautiful people used to hang out in the swinging sixties, followed by the punks in the seventies, and now it’s where Made in Chelsea is filmed.
For a bit of culture, why not finish the day at the Saatchi Gallery, just off the Kings Road.