There was a bridge crossing the river Westbourne, which is now underground, and the legend has it that two knights battled on the bridge, both receiving fatal injuries, leading to the place being named Knightsbridge. During the 19th century, Knightsbridge was a less-developed village on the outskirts of London. However, the arrival of the Great Exhibition in 1851 in nearby Hyde Park led to a substantial increase in its prominence and subsequent development. Now, it showcases some of the city’s most prestigious real estate with residential streets lined up with grand, historical townhouses.
The district houses numerous international embassies, lending a cosmopolitan ambience to its streets. Remarkable Victorian architecture graces the area, comprising grand mansions, Georgian and Victorian structures, and prestigious residential squares and garden squares. Knightsbridge is a preferred residence for many affluent individuals, including celebrities and diplomats.
The famous Harrods department store on Brompton Road is one of the most iconic shopping destinations in the world, featuring a wide range of high-end fashion, accessories, cosmetics, fine jewellery, and gourmet food. Another luxury department store in the area is Harvey Nichols. Additionally, the district hosts flagship stores for many of the world’s top fashion brands. In addition to the established department stores, new developments, including The Knightsbridge Estate, host many popular stores, such as an Apple Store (opened in 2022) and Burberry. Many designer brands are on Sloane Street, from Brompton Road towards Sloane Square and Chelsea.
The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum are all within walking distance (5-10 minutes) from Knightsbridge along Brompton Road.
There are some green spaces when you get away from Brompton Road, and while not in Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are nearby and make excellent places for a relaxing outdoor stroll. Hyde Park, one of London’s most famous parks, significantly contributes to the area’s charm and appeal. It serves as an extended backyard for residents and visitors, offering opportunities for leisurely strolls, boating on the Serpentine Lake, and delightful picnics.
Knightsbridge boasts a diverse culinary scene, featuring an array of fine dining restaurants, cafes, and eateries offering a range of culinary experiences, from traditional British cuisine to international flavours. There are many dining options, from pubs and Instagram-friendly cafes to high-end Michelin-starred restaurants such as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Some places can be costly, so check the menu before ordering.
The district boasts some of London’s most luxurious hotels, including the iconic Lanesborough, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park and The Berkeley, outside of which you’ll usually find at least three luxury cars parked.