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Knightsbridge

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Knightsbridge
Well, the actual dinner you'll eat will be created by Ashley Palmer-Watts, the executive head chef of the Fat Duck group, who worked with Blumenthal to create the exquisite modern British fare here. Being that this place is inside the Mandarin Oriental, it attracts a high-profile clientele—both hotel guests and locals—who like to linger in the warm, handsome room. (It's worth noting that the Mandarin is temporarily closed for renovations.)
Zuma
5 Raphael St., Knightsbridge
A few years ago, it felt as if nobody could stop talking about Zuma. Sometimes too much hype can turn you off of a restaurant, but that's not the case here. More than ten years after its opening, this favorite still serves one of the best meals in London. The nouvelle Japanese cuisine remains creative and unexpected, and the sushi chef, Endo, is still dishing up our favorite sushi outside of Japan. The vibe here can be a little bit loud and clubby, but it doesn't matter—we would literally sit outside in the rain to eat this food.
Bar Boulud
66 Knightsbridge Rd., Knightsbridge
This sister restaurant to renowned chef Daniel Boulud's original in NYC is a super chic bistro and wine bar in the Mandarin Oriental that boasts sleek décor with vaulted ceilings and an open kitchen. Everything from the Little Bites to the charcuterie and crustaceans is wonderful for dinner, and the £23 prix-fixe lunch is a great value. You also can't go wrong with a cocktail and the outrageously good burger. (It's worth noting that the Mandarin is temporarily closed for renovations.)
The Light Salon
Harvey Nichols, Ground Floor, Knightsbridge
The ExpressLED facial is the draw here, a fantastically efficient fifteen minutes of collagen- and elastin-supporting light therapy. Most treatments consist of a combination of yellow and near-infrared light (longer wavelengths that penetrate skin more deeply and are shown to help stimulate healing and ease pain), but for clients with congestion, courses of bacteria-eliminating blue light are most effective. It's worth making a habit—results are said to be cumulative—and it doesn't hurt that the salon is located inside Harvey Nichols.
The Bulgari Spa
171 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge
While it's no surprise that one of London's swankiest hotels would have a bejeweled spa and gym to match, it's the treatments on offer that really make the Bulgari stand out. Cupping, Chinese Tui-Na, the Bowen Technique, osteopathy, and even emotional healing with a self-proclaimed "Modern Day Wizard" (price tag to match) are on offer here. In addition, the spa's Trend Room is home to the hottest pop-up wellness concepts and changes every few months.
Gazelli House
174 Walton St., Knightsbridge
While Gazelli is already known for its skin-care range developed by Dr. Zarifa Hamzayeva, you can expect the therapies offered at the sumptuous new HQ to go way beyond the surface. Membership to the beautiful townhouse on Walton Street comes with two signature diagnostic treatments. Whether you go for a facial or a body treatment, each session is completely bespoke and could include anything from microdermabrasion to radio frequency. After that, Gazelli also offers introductions to a variety of other practitioners, from life coaches to hypnotists, to get you glowing from the inside out.
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