Knightsbridge Property Guide
Property for Sale or Rent in Knightsbridge
Run out of almond milk or freekeh? Pop to everyone’s favourite corner shop, Harrods, to pick up those store cupboard essentials. Why not take a detour through Hyde Park on the way back? There are 350 acres to explore as well as famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake and Gallery, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.
Block out your diary for a lavish afternoon tea at one of many fabulous Knightsbridge hotels. Some of the options include Le Metro Brasserie at The Lenvin, The Caramel Room at The Berkeley Hotel, Le Chinois at the Millennium Knightsbridge, and the boutique Capital Hotel and Egerton House. There’s the Harrods Terrace and the Fifth Floor Cafe at Harvey Nichols to try too.
Time for a midweek dining treat. Reserve a table at either Bar Boulud for the best burgers in town, Dinner by world-leading chef Heston Blumenthal, Zuma for fine Japanese dishes, Petrus (in the Gordon Ramsay family of restaurants) or Marcus by exacting chef Marcus Wareing. If you’re still able to move after the feast, grab a nightcap at either The Wilton Arms, The Star Tavern or The Nags Head - traditional pubs with an inviting atmosphere.
Make the most of Thursday’s late night shopping and head for Sloane Street, Beauchamp Place, Brompton Road and, of course, Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Fashion houses and couture brands such as Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Cartier, Gianfrance Ferre, Bruce Oldfield and Bulgari, among others, have boutiques in Knightsbridge.
Is all about R & R - rest and relaxation before the weekend begins. Knightsbridge is home to some of the world’s best spas, so take your pick from The Berkeley Health Club & Spa, with its rooftop swimming pool, the spa and wellness suite at The Mandarin Oriental, The Peak Spa at the Jumeirah, Bliss Day Spa on Sloane Avenue, Ushvani Day Spa on Cadogan Place and the Bulgari Spa at the Bulgari Hotel.
Start your day with a dose of culture at the magnificent Victoria and Albert Museum on Cromwell Road, with its diverse collections including fashion, the arts and religion. Don’t forget to reserve an hour or two for a visit to Apsley House on Hyde Park Corner, residence of the first Duke of Wellington and, fittingly, located opposite Wellington Arch. On your meander home, stop by Tomtom Cigars and Jeroboams Wines - speciality shops that can’t be overlooked.
A lazy Sunday has to start with a big breakfast and there’s fierce competition among Knightsbridge hotels to offer the most sumptuous morning meal. Work your way through the breakfast menus at the Mandarin Oriental, The Wellesley, The Berkeley and The Lanesborough. Once fuelled, catch a fine art or antique sale at world-leading auction houses Bonhams, Christie’s or Sotheby's.
Knightsbridge Need to know
- Located south of Hyde Park, east of Exhibition Road and west of Sloane Street
- Borders Mayfair and Chelsea
- The neighbourhood is covered by both Westminster City Council and the Greater London Authority
There are various underground stations within the Knightsbridge district, including Knightsbridge station itself, Hyde Park Corner, Sloane Square, South Kensington and Victoria all in close vicinity
The closest national rail station is Victoria
Independent schools in Knightsbridge include Knightsbridge School, St Nicholas Preparatory School, Hill House International School for juniors, More House School, Enjoy Education and Duff Miller College for seniors, appeal to families looking to move to the area. The state schools are well respected too, and include St Joseph RC Primary School and Marlborough Primary School for juniors and Saint Thomas More Language College for seniors.
Knightsbridge was reportedly given its name after citizens of London met Matilda of England at the Knights Bridge over the now underground River Westbourne in 1141. One legend, however, suggests that the bridge was used by knights going to London to fight in holy wars. Far from the central location it is today, Knightsbridge was actually a fringe hamlet outside of the City of London, along with its almost rural counterparts Chelsea, Charing and Kensing Town (Kensington). Labelled somewhat a ‘no-man’s land’ as it sat between four parishes, Knightsbridge evolved into a favourite haunt for villains and highwaymen during the 17th and 18th centuries, with some unsavoury public houses attracting crooks and scoundrels. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the Knightsbridge of today started to develop, with the opening of Harvey Nichols and Harrods, as well as the arrival of several embassies, turning around the area’s fortunes.