Knightsbridge Property Guide
From its humble beginnings Knightsbridge today is famous not only for its luxurious residential property but also its exclusive retail outlets. Its district is identified by The London Plan as one of two ‘international centres’ in the city of London, the West End being the other. Lying directly alongside Hyde Park, this leafy district mostly comprises of strictly controlled conservation areas and contains 275 listed buildings, many of which are grand, large scale Victorian terraces and verdant squares.
Labelled a shopper’s paradise, Knightsbridge is famous for the affluent department stores of Harrods and Harvey Nichols, the big name fashion designers that can be found on Sloane Street, and elegant stores in Beauchamp Place, Walton Street and Brompton Cross.
There is a wealth of superb restaurants, with fine establishments boasting cuisines rich in culture and diversity from around the globe. The area is also renowned for its vast range of exclusive bars providing a diverse array of entertainment.
Knightsbridge is one of the most unchanged, attractive areas of central London. It is home to some of London's best museums with the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum all close by. Other notable landmarks are the Royal Albert Hall and the distinctive tower of Knightsbridge Barracks, home to officers of the Household Cavalry.
Shopping and culture
Famous as one of the capital’s premium shopping areas, Knightsbridge is renowned for its designer shops and being the home to many luxury flagship stores - with Harrods and Harvey Nichols the first port of call for most. For designer clothes, look no further than Sloane Street. Christian Dior, Prada, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chloe are just some of the designers with shops in Knightsbridge.
Food and drink
Food: Incredible Italians: Scalini on Walton Street, Zafferano on Lowndes Street, San Lorenzo on Beauchamp Place Formal dining: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental, Koffman's at the Berkley, Rivea at the Bulgari Hotel and Residences, Pan Asian - Zuma on Raphael Street and Nozomi on Beachamp Place For kids: Serpentine Bar and Kitchen in Hyde Park Gastro pub cuisine: The Alfred Tennyson, Motcomb Street
Drink: Knightsbridge is spoilt for choice with bars for night caps- Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar, Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental, The Blue Bar at The Berkeley, Eclipse Bar on Walton Street to name but a few.
Sports and leisure
Hyde Park is one of London's iconic parklands, the activities on offer include the The Serpentine lido, boats and fantastic cycling and running routes and Will to Win tennis courts. Various luxury healthgyms such as KX, Lomax and LA Fitness. Demand for private membership to Burton Court is always high, the private grounds owned by the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and offers members tennis courts, cricket pitch and nets and dog walking facilities in the heart of Chelsea.
Things to do with children
The area is home to several open spaces including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Chelsea Embankment Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea, the grounds of which are used by the annual Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea Physic Garden.
Primary and secondary education
Knightsbridge is well serviced by a high concentration of excellent pre prep and prep schools in and around the area, including Francis Holland School, Garden House, Hill House, More House School, Sussex House School and The Knightsbridge School. Excellent secondary schools within close proximity include The Westminster, St Paul’s School, The Godolphin and Latymer School and further education at the world-leading university, Imperial College London.
Underground: (London only):Sloane Square (District and Circle lines), Knightsbridge underground station (Piccadilly line) and South Kensington underground stations (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines).
Overground: The closest main line terminus is Victoria mainline station which is approximately a ten minute taxi journey to Harrods. Alternatively Paddington station is about 15 minutes by taxi across Hyde Park.
Bus Routes: Numerous buses travel through Knightsbridge including the 14, 22, 74 and 9 routes.
Car: Knightsbridge is approached from the west by the A4, the Cromwell Road, becoming the Brompton Road, taking visitors straight into the heart of Knightsbridge at the top of Sloane Street. Heathrow is approximately 16 miles to the west and has a vehicle transfer time of about 40 minutes.