About the Area
Knightsbridge is a highly prestigious area of central London, which is located at the south-eastern corner of Hyde Park, and is part of the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Though the area is mainly residential, it is also home to some of London's most upscale shops. In terms of the houses in the area, they are some of the most expensive in the world, and many are owned by some of the world's richest people. Recently, an Afghani Prince purchased a flat in the area for £100 million. Also in the area are several five-star hotels, as well as a number of luxury restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
Places of Interest
Perhaps the most widely recognizable landmark in this area is Harrod's department store, which is located on Brompton Road near to the Knightsbridge underground station. The Harrod's building, which comprises over 90,000 m2, is the largest department store in Europe. To the north Harrod's, across Knightsbridge Road, lies Hyde Park, the largest public park in London. Here, Londoners stroll along the many tree-lined walkways, enjoy picnics in the park, play games of cricket and football, and take in the lush foliage of Kensington Gardens. In the summer, this park plays host to a number of large outdoor festivals. Artists who have performed in Hyde Park include Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and the Rolling Stones. At the eastern end of Knightsbridge sits the Lanesborough hotel, which is reputed to be the most expensive hotel in London, with prices as high as £18,000 per night for some rooms. This is where billionaires and royalty stay when they come to visit. Opposite the Lanesborough is another royal building: Apsley house. This manor, which sits on the very edge of Hyde Park, is the London townhouse of the 8th Duke of Wellington, and is also open to the public as a museum and art gallery. Across from this building, in the middle of a traffic circle, stands the historic Wellington Arch, which was built in 1830 to commemorate Britain's victories in the Napoleonic Wars. Around this area are a number of high-end shops, restaurants, and nightlife spots. Some top high-end restaurant selections include Zuma (Japanese), Signor Sassi (Italian), and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (British) on Knightsbridge Road, and Laduree at Herrod's (International) on Brompton Road. And in terms of hotels, the Lanesborough is not the only five-star spot in the area. Other five-star Knightsbridge hotels include the Bulgari London Hotel and the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on Knightsbridge Road, as well as the Jumeirah Carlton Tower on Cadogan Place. There are also a number of major banks in the area, most of which are located near the Harrod's building on Brompton Road.
This area is most easily accessed from the Knightsbridge tube station, on the Piccadilly line, which sits at the junction of Knightsbridge Road, Brompton Road, and Sloane Street, across the road from Hyde Park. Another local underground stop is Hyde Park Corner, also on the Picadilly Line, which sits at the junction of Knightsbridge Road, Piccadilly Road, and Duke of Wellington Place, near Apsley House and Wellington Arch. The area is also served by a number of bus routes including 2, 9, 10, 14, 16, 19, 22, 36, 38, 52, 73, 74, 137, 148, 414, and 436. The area can be accessed by car via the main thoroughfares of Brompton Road (route A4) to the west, Park Lane (route A4202) to the north, or Grosvenor Place (route A302) to the south. Street parking is available, and there are also several car parks in the area.