Knightsbridge: A District Second to None

April 21, 2018
Written by Ameena Navab

Supercars waiting at red lights and stunning architecture vividly portrays the immaculate neighborhood of Knightsbridge.  This wealthy district lies in the western end of Central London, towards the south of Hyde Park. It is also surrounded by other elite districts such as Chelsea, Mayfair, Belgravia and Kensington. 

Knightsbridge was originally a hamlet (a small settlement), and the land was later used to build several churches and houses, attracting many travellers who would visit London. The area was further developed when more  improved roads started running through Knightsbridge, attracting more visitors and more investments. By the 1900s, the area was already marked as a desirable place to live with expensive houses and elegant garden squares.


Today, much of Knightsbridge’s buildings and structures are remnants of the early 20th century but that doesn’t mean there is any shortage of modern homes. The district has property varying from elegant Georgian houses to terracotta faced Victorian houses, luxurious penthouses, apartments and beautiful mews houses.  
 

Where to Go and What to See

Knightsbridge is known to be a shopping hub, and its streets are lined with numerous branded fashion stores, designer shops and boutiques of all kinds. Die-hard shoppers will not want to miss the famous Harrods, which is considered to be the ultimate destination for fashion and style in London. Harvey Nichols, Chanel, Armani and Jimmy Choo are other high-end brands that can be found here.


If shopping is not your cup of tea, the district has other areas worth exploring. Brompton Oratory is a neoclassical Church with an interior that showcases artwork from the Italian Renaissance era. They also have a famous choir that holds regular performances. 

The close proximity of Knightsbridge to Kensington, Belgravia and Mayfair means that other famous attractions like the Natural History Museum, Hyde Park, Wellington Arch, Cadogan Hall and  Buckingham Palace are all easily accessible.
 

Restaurants and Cafes

Cafes and restaurants in Knightsbridge will be sure to delight you with exquisite international and traditional British flavors. Head to Gran Café Londra to savor refined Italian pastries, savory canapés and rustic sandwiches. You can also head to Fifth Floor Café at Harvey Nichols to try its fine European style desserts or to Parisian tearoom Ladurée at Harrods, which is known for its world-famous macaroons. 

Gourmet restaurants in Knightsbridge are also some of the city’s finest. Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, known for his unbelievable food creations, has opened his restaurant Dinner in this area. Here the ingredients are inspired by historic British gastronomy with dishes that look just as unique as they taste. 

Image Courtesy of Marcus Restaurant
 
Hawksmoor Air Street is another popular spot with a heart combination of prime steak and seafood. Other noteworthy restaurants are Marcus, with a menu that has French style dishes with flavorful British ingredients; Rivea, which serves up fresh Mediterranean cuisine; and Amaya, known for mouth-watering Indian dishes that are grilled or tandoor-baked and served tapas-style. 

Knightsbridge undoubtedly has elegance flowing through its streets, and has a reputation for being one of the wealthiest areas in London. The district attracts the rich and famous from all over the world, who come to sample what it has to offer and end up becoming long-term residents.


Knightsbridge is indeed a top-tier neighbourhood that is second to none.

 

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