One of London’s most fashionable regions, Mayfair / Knightsbridge features well-preserved historical streets and a proximity to the heart of the city that make it a popular place to dine, drink, and dance in style – though only a select few can actually afford to live here, thanks to some of the priciest rents in the world.
By day, the area offers a fabulous array of designer boutiques and access to some of London’s most famous clothiers, especially along Regent Street in Mayfair and in Knightsbridge’s massive, Egyptian-style Harrods shopping complex. London aristocrats and the nouveau riche join business moguls and bigwigs from the large embassy presence at swanky restaurants and cafés, though anyone can enjoy the bordering Hyde and Green Parks, Grosvenor Square’s beautiful public gardens, and the array of more budget-friendly shopping outlets on Oxford Street, Regent’s far less exclusive neighbor.
At night, smartly dressed visitors with fat wallets wait for the velvet ropes to part, ready for their chance to party with the royals and celebrities who flock in to dance and drink at some of London’s most exclusive clubs, many of which are discreetly tucked below street level.
With its refined and sometimes snooty vibe – to say nothing of its price tags – Mayfair / Knightsbridge may indeed be more suitable for princes than paupers, though anyone up for splurging for at least one night will surely come away feeling like royalty.
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Buckingham Palace Gardens between
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