For centuries, Knightsbridge was notorious as the haunt of highwaymen and robbers targeting travellers on the western route out of London. Its fortunes were transformed in the 19th century and it is now one of the most affluent areas of the city, popular with a largely international community, who are drawn to the impressive stucco-fronted townhouses surrounding pretty garden squares, or the newly developed serviced apartments, such as One Hyde Park.
The world-famous department store, Harrods, is the central landmark of the area, around which a huge variety of shops, restaurants and amenities are located. Further fashionable shopping options can be found just round the corner at Harvey Nichols and on Sloane Street.
Knightsbridge is served by excellent private schools, such as Hill House (featured) and Knightsbridge School.
There is a wealth of popular restaurants in Knightsbridge. Heston Blumenthal’s two Michelin starred Dinner (featured) at the Mandarin Oriental is a major draw for diners all over the country.
There are a number of bars around Knightsbridge. The hotel bars at both the Mandarin and the Berkley (featured) are particularly popular in the evenings.
Knightsbridge is bordered by glorious Hyde Park (featured).