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Nestled on the southern border of Hyde Park, Knightsbridge is internationally recognised as one of London's best addresses.


It’s hard to believe that Knightsbridge was born into humble beginnings. Originally a sleepy hamlet that marked the outer territory of London’s commercial jurisdiction, Knightsbridge rose to prominent by cementing England’s trade relationship with the Far East in the 17th century. Humphrey’s Hall hosted an exhibition of Japanese culture and was designed to resemble a traditional Japanese village, featuring a Buddhist temple and Japanese tea house. Its magnificence attracted up to 250,000 visitors in the early months. Now, most notably home to Harrod’s, the first department to implement a moving escalator in 1858 (of which there are now multiple on each floor) and Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge is home to some of London’s most expensive and exclusive.

Standing proudly opposite Hyde Park, Knightsbridge contains strictly controlled conservation area and some 275 listed buildings. Architecturally, Knightsbridge is beautiful and well furnished with grand buildings of stylistic merit. It is also one of the most unchanged areas of London, with only a handful of polished new developments growing in small parts. Landowners include the Duke of Westminster, Lord Cadogan and the Wellcome Trust, with the freehold to buildings leased to commercial partners. Residentially, the property offerings found in Knightsbridge are not that different from the red-brick Queen Anne revival buildings, where stunning flats can be spotted. Sir Thomas Cubitt is to thank for the white stucco-fronted townhouses, often with impressive, pillared entryways. There are also quaint mews houses and spacious flats to be found in the area.

Aside from the impressive shopping, Knightsbridge has outstanding restaurants and cultural riches to offer. For excellent Italian, look no further than Scalini on Walton Street and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is not to be missed for innovative cooking. Zuma and Nozomi are excellent for Pan-Asian cuisine. The Royal Court Theatre, Cadogan Hall and the Saatchi Gallery are all local hives of artistry, as is the renowned The Royal Albert Hall.

Knightsbridge is well connected by buses and serviced by its own tube station, Knightsbridge, as well as Sloane Square. Both offer Piccadilly line, District and Circle line services. There are lots of taxi ranks too, willing to take you anywhere you need to go.

If you’re looking to buy or rent in Knightsbridge, we would be more than happy to help.

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