Knightsbridge may be dominated by two shopping emporiums - Harrods and Harvey Nichols - but there's a lot more to look out for in the area, not least the London home of Heston Blumenthal. And what for special events in the two department stores as they've been upping their game too. After all, a trip to Knightsbridge isn't complete without a quick look in the Harrods Food Hall.
Daniel Boulud is one of the top chefs in Manhattan, where his restaurant Daniel has been the favourite of many a critic. This is his London base and he was one of the trailblazers for non-UK restaurants making a base in London. Here it was all about getting things right - service is top notch, and the famed burgers are some of the best in town. Always a good bet in Knightsbridge.
One of the few London restaurants on the World's 50 Best list, Heston's only London gaff is still hugely popular. The dishes that captured everyone's attention when it opened - the Meat Fruit (chicken liver parfait shaped like a mandarin) and the Tipsy Cake are still on the menu and are must-order dishes if you haven't got round to trying them yet. Keep an eye out for A-list diners, the hotel is a well-known celebrity haunt.
Caprice Holdings have a pretty good hit rate in London and they're winning again with this Knightsbridge opening. This time around, it's a loosely 50's/60's Italian themed bar and restaurant with its own terrace. It's based on Harry's Bar - but you don't need a membership for this restaurant. Expect casual Italian dining.
Hawksmoor has grown considerably since they first started in Spitalfields - reaching here in Knightsbridge and beyond. At the subterranean Knightsbridge location, you can get all the best steaks and cocktails that they're known for - and some great seafood dishes too.
This is Marcus Wareing's main base in London, and where he's earned a Michelin star (and also where you're most likely to see him in the kitchen). Expect top-notch Michelin-starred fine dining, where the ingredients are the main focus of the menus.
Following successful openings in Moscow, St Petersburg and New York, this Mari Vanna is the London outpost of the restaurant hoping to bring authentic Russian cuisine to Londoners. Expect to be welcomed into a London townhouse that has been given a full Russian makeover, and plenty of comfort food.
Petrus was the centre of the spat between Ramsay and the Marcus Wareing, head chef at the original before he left to open Marcus at the Berkeley. Then Gordon makes it personal by re-opening Petrus just around the corner from where Wareing has set out his stall. Since opening, though, the new Petrus has established its own reputation and remains one of Gordon's top restaurants.
One of London's stalwarts, this has been a fixture of the Knightsbridge scene for over 15 years. Expect a high-end Japanese dining experience, still some of the best in the Capital, and to be surrounded with the finest of Knightsbridge. And make sure you make the most of the sake sommelier.
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