This is shopaholic heaven – Harrods at one end of the street, Harvey Nicks at the other. As for the Levin, it sits quietly on Basil Street, a peaceful retreat in the middle of Knightsbridge. A lively café/bar/restaurant acts as the hub; you can enjoy breakfast here of freshly backed croissants, nip back early for afternoon tea or a filling lunch; perhaps Cornish mussels in cider cream and parsley to start then a tasty spinach, blue cheese & red onion frittata as your main. If that’s not enough, nip next door to the Capital (their sister hotel) where you’ll find Outlaw’s, a Michelin star restaurant. Bedrooms are spread over four floors with a lift to carry you up, though you may prefer to walk; a contemporary chandelier with an 18-metre drop fills the stairwell. As for the rooms, some are bigger, others smaller, but all have the same crisp style: bold colours, hand-stitched beds, marble bathrooms, books galore. Bigger rooms have sofas, all have white robes, crisp linen, Bose radios and flat-screen TVs. You get air conditioning and a Handy smartphone, too. There’s a full concierge service, iPads are available at reception. Hyde Park is close.