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Harrods. Harrods is the first thing to do in Knightsbridge. Until you have acquired your first distinctive, Thames green with white lettering, Harrods' shopping bag you have not even attempted to taste the thousand year heritage of the English aristocracy, ground into every crack between every paving stone. That, according to my Mother, is what makes it extraordinarily dangerous to step on the cracks - no bears will leap out and consume you - it is the enormity of the realisation of one's proximity to the exquisite elegance of English-wealth, transcending mere luxury, infused through eons if discipline in self denial/excess, that offers a perception of a level of attainment beyond civilisation. Until you have watched the limousines - limousines don't make it in Knightsbridge, they have Rolls Royces - dropping off the servants to buy the milk (because it is the cheapest in London) you have not really witnessed the Englishness of England. Hyde Park is the place to take a lemonade and to laze on those, all too few, hot summer afternoons on the warm grass beside the lake; Hyde Park's seemingly ancient, trees offer shade in summer and spectacular photographic opportunity for the remainder of the year. Some have likened Hyde Park to New York's Central Park but the similarity stops with the second syllable. Hyde Park, by day or night, is safe, except for the modern terrorist who would wish an airliner to fall to pieces there on its approach to Heathrow Airport, and a place of imperative relaxation within a City in motion. At it's northeast corner is the envy of all civilisations: Speaker's Corner - a place where, since 1872, anyone has been allowed to stand up and speak on any subject and the speaker will only be removed by police if their words are actually offensive to the point of causing public riot . . . if the subject of the speech does not spawn erudite debate, the speaker may well be drowned out by hecklers before the police get motivated. Across the street, towards Hyde Park, is the Serpentine Gallery, where you may become acquainted with past socialite infidelities and passions, secretly daubed with the emotions sired by the strings and woodwind, the tenors and contraltos in the private boxes at the Royal Albert Hall or, you may walk (assuming you have left the Rolls with the servants) to the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square. The Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum and Science Museum cannot be idly passed by, stuffed as they are with artifacts of equal significance and excess, from colonial plunders spanning three centuries. When you are bored with Knightsbridge you are bored with the study of civilisation. If not bored then distracted you might be, so in this view on a clear day you will see the world famous London Eye (Millennium Wheel).more . . .

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