A Guide to London's Luxury Districts Featured

For a luxury London love affair, wander the museums, peruse the shops and sip a coffee in these iconic locations.

by Lavinia Pisani


Chelsea's King's Road attracts as many street-style photographers as it does fashionistas. For good reason, too – the road overflows with designer boutiques, exclusive clubs, and swanky bars and cars. Also check out Duke of York Square for big-name brands, and Sloane Street if you’re looking for high-end jewellery and designer clothing.

South Kensington is one of London's wealthiest areas, but it boasts an unbeatable range of free museums and beautiful open spaces alongside its more up-market attractions.

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Check out the Victoria and Albert Museum for art and design from the past 3,000 years, or the family-friendly Science Museum that caters for kids. Just next door you'll find London's Natural History Museum, where you can come face-to-face with a giant T-rex.

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Knightsbrige is one of the most unchanged, attractive areas of central London, with little in the way of offices nearby but plenty of shops and restaurants to serve the needs of local residents. There are plenty of ways to spend money in this beguiling corner of the capital. Flanked by two global retail icons, Harvey Nichols and Harrods, the Knightsbridge Estate’s 40 stores include Burberry's iconic store, in addition to recent openings in Hugo Boss, The Kooples, Boodles and Ted Baker.

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In the West End you an visit The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts and the London Transport Museum; then head to one of West End’s shopping streets, home to many famous flagship stores such as Topshop, Ralph Lauren, Selfridges and Apple; or head to Soho and Covent Garden for trendier boutiques and pop up experiences.

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