LONDON -- Harvey Nichols and Harrods aren't just for shopping.
In fact, many of this city's fashionable designer stores invite
shoppers to take a break in their restaurants, cafes and snack
bars. Below are some popular in-house eateries.
Harvey Nichols' store at the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane
Street has turned over its fifth floor to restaurants. The main
restaurant serves modern British food; a bar offers drinks and
light snacks, and a popular cafe serves interesting salads and
light meals. In addition, the store's basement is home of the
Foundation Restaurant and Bar.On Sloane Street, Joe's Restaurant is a long basement bar and
dining room in the fashion store Joseph. Offered is a selection of
Italian style salads, pasta and light meals.At the southern end of Sloane Street, the Garden Restaurant in
the General Trading Co. has a limited choice of dishes, leaning
towards vegetarian. In summer there is courtyard/garden-area dining
at the back of the shop.Just beyond the Chelsea Town Hall, home to many antiques and
crafts fairs, visitors to the colorful new Designer's Guild
household accessories shop can refresh themselves in the Cappuccino
Bar before indulging in some really serious buying of colorful
wallpapers, materials and design accessories in the half block of
Tricia Guild's Designer's Guild stores.At fashionable Brompton Cross, where Knightsbridge, South
Kensington and Chelsea come together, shoppers can take a break at
one of the trendy restaurants attached to the Conran Shop. Either
sink into the luxury of the first floor restaurant Bibendum and
sample some of the best modern British cooking available, or, for
those short on time, drop into the Bibendum Oyster Bar on the
ground floor.While at Brompton Cross, visit the Watch Gallery, Fulham Road.
However, this is no ordinary watch shop, but has a champagne bar
for patrons who want to linger over their choice of purchase,
while, presumably, not having to watch the clock.Further along Brompton Road, shoppers will find a variety of
restaurants in the world famous department store Harrods. In
addition to its main restaurant, there is a Sushi Bar, an Oyster
and Champagne Bar, and for the younger set, the Cafe at the Way In,
for traditional British fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.In the West End, one of London's most beautiful glass, silver
and china emporiums, Thomas Goode, South Audley Street, has opened
a restaurant, tucked away behind the Dorchester Hotel on Park
Lane.The extravagant glass fronted DKNY store on New Bond Street has
a cafe bar on the ground floor, with huge video screens for people
to watch while snacking.
Several stores, among them Fenwicks, Liberty's and Simpson
Piccadilly, have a Joe's Restaurant, the brainchild of fashion
designer-turned-restaurateur, Joseph Ettedgui.
They serve a choice of about seven excellent salads, all of
which come with some of the delicious varieties of breads now
available in Britain. There are also a few sticky puddings, but
these are definitely places for a quick and satisfying light lunch.
All are also open for breakfast and afternoon tea.
Nearly all major department stores have restaurants, notably the
Premire Restaurant in Selfridges, Oxford Street, and the Art Bar in
Liberty, Regent Street.