Establishment neighborhood
87-135 Brompton Rd., Knightsbridge
Sure, it's the city's most legendary, over-the-top shopping destination and it stocks all the upscale brands you'd expect (the markdowns at sale time are ridiculously good), but it's the food hall and ice cream shop that keep us coming back, particularly because littles go wild for the tastes-better-than it sounds spaghetti ice cream. The variety, presentation, and quality really are unsurpassed, though the price tags mean that it's only an occasional indulgence. It’s also just a beautiful and majestic space.
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.)
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 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.