Brief history to Knightsbridge
Today Knightsbridge is one of the World’s most desirable addresses, and known to be the most exclusive residential and retail district in the whole of London. However this unique area of Central and West London has not always been so sought after. Once renowned for highwaymen, robbers and cutthroats Knightsbridge has a very varied history.
Formerly a hamlet in the parishes of St Margaret and partly in the parish of St Martin in the Fields the area has been divided from an early age. It takes its name from a crossing over the River Westbourne, the Knight’s Bridge. It was here the citizens of London met Matilda in 1141.
Its fortunes were transformed in the 19th Century and the Knightsbridge we see today began to grow. Opening trade between Britain and the Far East led Humphrey’s Hall to host an exhibition of Japanese Culture. W.S. Gilbert and his family visited the exhibition and it has been said it is what inspired him to write the Mikado.
Knightsbridge is vibrant, colourful and has a luxuriously relaxed atmosphere. It is renowned for its retail bliss in the form of Harrod’s and Harvey Nichols as well as its flagship stores Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik. It is home to exclusive hair and beauty salons, antiques, chic bars and private clubs such as the Royal Yacht Club and the Caledonian.
Types of Property in Knightsbridge
Knightsbridge is packed with beautiful properties, grand mansions, apartments, classic period townhouses with pretty garden squares. There are cottages in the tucked away mews’ and a selection of conversion apartments. You can find Queen Anne Revival buildings typical of the Cadagon Estate and white stucco fronted terraces unique to the Grosvenor Estate.
The World’s most exclusive and expensive apartments are to be found at ‘One Hyde Park’ this contemporary development offers luxurious accommodation be it apartment or penthouse.
Average rental prices
Knightsbridge is exclusive and this is reflective in the cost of living in the area. To rent a studio apartment you will expect to pay in the region of £280.00 per week. For a one bedroom apartment you will look to pay in the region of £941.00 per week and for a two bedroom you can expect to pay £1,528.75 per week.
Council Tax Banding in Knightsbridge ranges from A – £719.00 to H – £2,158.00. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.
Who lives in Knightsbridge
Knightsbridge attracts World renowned public figures, Ambassadors, Royal Families, city Bankers and successful professional personnel.
80s pop princess Madonna is known to have property in the area and it is home to Nigella Lawson and her famous kitchen.
What to do in Knightsbridge
The world’s most iconic corner-shop, Harrod’s is in this unique and exclusive area of West and Central London, famous for its window displays and green signature logo. If there is one store in the entire of London you have to visit, it has to be Harrod’s. Harvey Nichols is also in the area, another incredible department store to satisfy the savviest of shoppers.
The Royal Albert Hall is on the doorstep, home to the Proms and world famous for its concerts and charity event evenings. Hyde Park Barracks houses the Royal Household Cavalry and the 33-storey tower designed by Sir Basil Spence that you will either love or loathe.
Fine dining can be found at Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner restaurant and Russian bistro Mari Vanna, yet you’ll still find the odd traditional cosy gastropub tucked away down the side streets. For afternoon tea, scones with clotted cream and jam and cucumber sandwiches, it has to be the Ritz.
Hyde Park offers spacious green spaces with activities and entertainment throughout the year. However there are small parks and gardens in and around the area, some of which are resident only key-holding spaces.
There are fantastic public transport links throughout the area, the nearest underground stations are Knightsbridge and Sloane Square.
The Brompton Road will lead you directly to the A4 with links to the M25 and M4.
There are extensive bus routes in and out of the area.
Schools, Colleges and Universities
There is an enormous choice of schools and colleges in the area. Those with outstanding reviews at primary level are, the Fox Primary School and the Frances Holland School. At secondary level education the Frances Holland School and the Chelsea Academy.
For more information on schools and colleges in the area please visit our specified section here.