Once little more than a small central London hamlet, Knightsbridge has over the years cemented its reputation as one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious areas for work, rest and play. With an air of decadence flowing through its side streets, visitors and residents of the area are treated to an abundance of shops, fine dining options and exciting cultural attractions.
Here’s our guide to some of the best epicurean and cultural activities available.
Home to many of the world’s best and most exclusive fashion outlets, Knightsbridge has long held an esteemed reputation as a shopper’s paradise.
Buyers eager to splash some cash can wonder through the world-renowned Harrods department store, where just about everything from high-end fashion to high-end property is on offer. If that wasn’t enough to tempt your credit card, the area also boasts the luxury of Harvey Nichols, and several designer flagship stores including that of Armani and Jimmy Choo.
Additionally, a short stroll from the heart of Knightsbridge towards South Kensington you will start to find smaller, independent shops. One of the best card shops in London is located here, The Medici Gallery on Thurloe Street, which was founded in 1908 by Philip Lee Warner and Eustace Gurney.
With a number of Michelin stared restaurants in the area; there are plenty of fine dining options to tickle all variety of taste buds. Enjoy award winning contemporary Indian tapas dishes at the Michelin stared Amaya Restaurant, or indulge your pallet with gourmet French-Italian cuisine in the stylish surroundings of Rivea London.
One absolutely ‘must try’ restaurant is Knightsbridge haunt, San Lorenzo. Established in 1963 by Lorenzo and Mara Beni, it started humbly with just nine tables and now seats up to 180. It has become a gastronomic stalwart in the area and is known for hosting well-heeled Londoners.
Not to be out done, neighbouring rival restaurant, Scalini’s also serves Italian food, but the atmosphere here is different. Once a Victorian artists colony, the vibe is a touch bohemian, with a relaxed ease that is infectious.
Wrap up warmly and brave the cold to enjoy the natural beauty of the stunning Hyde Park, which houses landmarks including Speaker’s Corner, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, and the Serpentine Lake.
If you’re less enthusiastic about braving the London chill, wonder through one of the area’s outstanding museums. Adults and children alike will be filled with wonder at the museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Natural History Museum.
For those eager to take in a show stopping concert or a dazzling Cirque du Soleil performance, grab a ticket and take in the splendour of the Grade I listed Royal Albert Hall, the UK’s busiest and best loved performance hall. With a capacity of up to 5,272 seats, the Royal Albert Hall hosts over 390 shows in the main auditorium each year.