London stores boast shopping and dining

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.

 Harrods

  • 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.

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