Commercial property area guide: Knightsbridge - London
Knightsbridge is an affluent area of London in zone one. It borders Hyde Park to the north, Belgravia to the east and Kensington to the west. High-end designer shops, five star hotels and some of London’s finest eateries line its leafy avenues, including the world famous Harrods. Lots of renowned fashion houses have chosen Knightsbridge as the ideal spot for some of their most impressive flagship stores, including Prada, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik. Knightsbridge is also home to a number of important foreign embassies.
Historically, Knightsbridge has always been an affluent area. It began life as an upmarket hamlet but got its name from the (now underground) River Westbourne’s most famous bridge, the Knight’s Bridge. In 1852, the now world-renowned Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) opened in Knightsbridge and continues to draw tourists to the area more than 120 years later.
Some of London’s most expensive properties can be found in Knightsbridge. The average home in Knightsbridge costs just over £4 million and commercial properties can fetch tens of millions, as buyers vie for a slice of prime property usually reserved for London’s high-society. Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who owns Chelsea Football Club, calls Lowndes Square home and members of the Qatari royal family also have London homes in the area.
Want to find out more about the exclusive Knightsbridge area? Here’s our guide to living and working in Knightsbridge.
Getting around in Knightsbridge
There is one tube station in KnightsbridgeKnightsbridge Underground station sits on the corner of Brompton Road and Sloane Street. It’s served by the Piccadilly line, which runs north east to Cockfosters, via Leicester Square, King’s Cross St Pancras and Finsbury Park. In the other direction, you can travel out to Uxbridge on the north extension, or southwest all the way to Heathrow.
The closest rail station to Knightsbridge is VictoriaVictoria station is just over a 20 minute walk away. If you’re using public transport, the 52 bus can take you there in 15 minutes, from outside Harrods. Alternatively, use the underground to get to St Pancras King’s Cross, where you’ll be able to catch national and international services to mainland Europe. This will take around 25 minutes.
The A4 road runs through the centre of Knightsbridge This arterial route can be used to travel west out of the city centre, towards Reading, Bath and Bristol. Or, use the A4202 road to travel the east edge of Hyde Park towards areas like Regent’s Park, Mayfair and Marylebone.
Two airports are within an hour’s journey of KnightsbridgeIf you’re heading off on a domestic or short haul trip, London City Airport can be reached within 50 minutes, using a combination of Underground and DLR (docklands light railway). For longer trips, Heathrow is just 45 minutes away on the Piccadilly line of the Underground.
Knightsbridge has plenty of excellent places to eat
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There are lots of coffee shops in Knightsbridge
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Knightsbridge has lots of facilities for those who live and work there
There are 27 gyms in Knightsbridge including:
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Knightsbridge has 13 banks including:
- One Barclays
- One HSBC
- One Santander
- One Lloyds
- One RBS
- One Blom Bank France
- Two Emirates NBD Bank
- One Harrods Bank
There is one Post Office in KnightsbridgeIt’s located just off Raphael Street, close to the arterial Brompton Road.
There are upmarket places to buy groceries in KnightsbridgeThere is one Waitrose & Partners in Knightsbridge, located off Montpelier Street. There’s also a Sainsbury’s local just a few shops away. If you’re in the mood for local meats, cheeses and other goodies, L’Opera Deli (off Egerton Gardens) is also a great place to find groceries. You can also pick up luxury food and drink at Harrods Food Hall, if you’re in the mood for something truly special.
Need some retail therapy? Knightsbridge is one of the most exclusive shopping destinations in the country. Harrods and Harvey Nichols are two of the most iconic stores along Brompton Road, both selling a range of luxury clothes, accessories, home goods, food and souvenirs for the tourists who flock to visit them. Designer boutiques by international fashion houses including Gucci, HUGO BOSS, Chanel, Roberto Cavalli and Burberry line the streets. You’ll also find a few high street brands, including Reiss, Topshop and Zara amongst them.
Commercial real estate agents operating in Knightsbridge
Knight Frank LLP
BNP Paribas Real Estate UK
Edward Charles & Partners
Realla has lots of commercial properties to rent in Knightsbridge – here’s a selection
Notable businesses based in Knightsbridge
Interesting facts about Knightsbridge
The world’s most expensive apartment was sold in Knightsbridge in 2007 – a unit at One Hyde Park was bought for £100 million by a Qatari Prince.
Harrods installed the world’s first moving staircase in 1898, paving the way for the modern escalator as we now know it.
The V&A was the first museum in the world to have its very own public restaurant.
Contrary to popular belief, hardly any of the V&A’s exhibits belonged to the King or Queen.
W.S Gilbert was inspired to write comic opera The Mikado after attending a far-east exhibition at Humphreys Hall showcasing Japanese culture.