For centuries, Knightsbridge was notorious as the haunt of highwaymen and robbers targeting travellers on the western route out of London, but its fortunes were transformed in the 19th century and it is now one of the most affluent areas of London, 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.
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Knightsbridge is served by excellent private schools, such as Hill House and Knightsbridge School.
There is a wealth of popular restaurants in Knightsbridge. Heston Blumenthal’s two Michelin starred Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental is a major draw for diners all over the country. Just around the corner, Zuma serves modern Japanese food in an informal, yet high-end setting; and ever-popular Mr. Chow has been serving classic and creative Mandarin food to celebrities since the 1960s.
There are a number of bars around Knightsbridge. The hotel bars at both the Mandarin and the Berkley bar and terrace are particularly popular in the evenings.
Knightsbridge is bordered by glorious Hyde Park (featured) and is a short walk from Green park.
The area is very convenient for transport. There are many buses which head into the West End and towards Victoria, and the underground is served by the Piccadilly line.