Moving to Knightsbridge
Are you moving to Knightsbridge? Knightsbridge is one of central London’s most exclusive residential districts. It has hoards of designer shops and upmarket department stores – plus some of the world’s most expensive real estate. Knightsbridge is a place where top corporate executives, senior diplomats, celebrities and royalty live side by side.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Knightsbridge report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Knightsbridge on the map
Forming the eastern most tip of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Knightsbridge has today become synonymous with London’s super-rich.
Knightsbridge’s retail heritage dates back to the 1885 – not quite as far back as Saunders 1865!
- Harvey Nichols started out as a small linen shop in 1831 but by 1880 it had expanded sufficiently to open its current building on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street.
- Harrods was established in its current position in 1851, when East End shopkeeper Henry Harrod moved to a new shop on Brompton Road, and the present building was completed in 1905. Since then Knightsbridge has developed to become one of London’s major retail hubs.
Knightsbridge lies south of Hyde Park, between Exhibition Road to the west and Sloane Street to the east, extending south to Pont Street, Beauchamp Place and Brompton Road.
Knightsbridge could not be more centrally located and it enjoys great transportation and amenities.
- The area is served by Knightsbridge tube station, on the Piccadilly Line, giving quick, easy access to London’s Heathrow airport to the west and rapid connections to the West End, Kings Cross and St Pancras to the east.
- Hyde Park Corner, South Kensington and Sloane Square stations are also within easy reach, offering the Piccadilly, Circle and District tube lines.
- Victoria mainline station is also nearby for trains heading out of London to the south, while Kings Cross and St Pancras cover northern routes and Eurostar services to Europe.
The majority of Knightsbridge property is owned by two historic estates, the Grosvenor Estate, which is run by the Duke of Westminster, and the Cadogan Estate, belonging to the Earl of Cadogan.
As a rule of thumb, most of the red brick Queen Anne style buildings belong to the Cadogan Estate, while the white, stucco villas and terraces tend to be owned by the Grosvenor Estate.
A number of super luxurious apartment complexes have been built. The Candy Brothers’ One Hyde Park, attached to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, is the most high profile of these, with one apartment selling for in excess of £130 million, making it the most expensive apartment in the world.
However, Knightsbridge has mansion blocks and modern apartments that are far more affordable. Other modern developments include:
- One Hans Crescent, which used to be a courthouse next to Harrods,
- the Knightsbridge Kings Chelsea
- and Lancelot Place.
- Mansion blocks such as Basil Mansions
- Park Mansions
- Sussex Mansions
- and St George’s Court always prove popular.
Who lives in Knightsbridge and why?
Knightsbridge is characterized by ultra-wealthy residents and expensive property prices. It has become something of a haven for the super-rich from around the world, in part due to the UK’s favourable tax stance towards foreign nationals and also because London is perceived as one of the world’s safest major cities.
Some Knightsbridge’s famous residents, past and present, include:
- Roman Abramovich
- Rinat Akhmetov (Ukraine’s wealthiest person)
- Kylie Minogue
- John and Cynthia Lennon
- Author Arnold Bennett
- Lilly Langtry
- Sheikh Hamad al-Thani (Prime Minister of Qatar) and a multitude of ambassadors and senior diplomats.
The Best Bits
Another major factor in attracting the wealthy is the exclusivity the area offers – hence the smart shops and restaurants that are everywhere.
Knightsbridge, Brompton Road, Sloane Street and Beauchamp Place offer the last word in designer and luxury shopping; from Europe’s largest department store (Harrods boasts more than one million square feet of sales floor) to the top designer names such as Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton, there is probably nothing in the world that you can’t buy here – if your credit limit will stretch that far.
Add to that five-star hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants and the swankiest spas and beauty salons and it’s easy to see where Knightsbridge gets its glamorous reputation.
But away from the glitz of the main shopping thoroughfares, Knightsbridge also offers quiet streets of elegant houses and verdant garden squares.
Hyde Park, on the northern boundary, is one of central London’s largest open spaces,
- with the Serpentine and its Lido
- The Serpentine Gallery
- The Princess Diana Memorial
- The Hyde Park Tennis Centre
- Speakers’ Corner, riding tracks and a number of lovely cafes and bars.
On its western edge, Knightsbridge also has some of London’s major tourist attractions in the form of:
- The Victorian and Albert Museum
- The Science Museum
- The Natural History Museum
- The Royal Albert Hall
- The Albert Memorial
- The Ismaili Centre.
There are a number of major churches and place of worship in the area, including the Brompton Oratory, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormiton, and Holy Trinity Brompton (Church of England), along with the Westminster Synagogue.
Bringing the Kids
With Harrods toy department and ice cream parlour within easy reach, what child wouldn’t want to live in Knightsbridge? While gardens of any size are a rarity, access to one of the area’s beautiful garden squares can make up for the lack of a garden.
Knightsbridge has plenty to recommend it to families, with the open expanse of Hyde Park just to the north and London’s collection of brilliant museums a stone’s throw to the west. Plus, the rest of central London’s iconic tourist sights are literally on your doorstep so during the school holidays, your kids will never be bored.
Knightsbridge is well served by excellent schools the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has 57 primary schools within its borders, including 31 private schools, and a good number of Church of England and Roman Catholic schools.
There are 11 secondary schools and sixth form colleges in the borough, and as older children can take the bus or tube into neighbouring boroughs as well, the choice can widen to take in all of central London’s best secondary schools, including a number of excellent international schools.
Relocating to Knightsbridge
Knightsbridge has some of the finest homes in the world. The spectrum of prices varies widely, and although you will never find a cheap bargain here, it’s not all stratospheric either.
So if you want to live in a prime London location and your budget is flexible, then give Knightsbridge a look. The location is not only convenient but it offers the very best of London-life in terms of dining, shopping, services and facilities. This is the place to come if you like the idea of concierge living, designer shopping, cutting edge beauty treatments at a luxury spa and easy access to the rest of London and beyond.
Garden squares and Hyde Park can make up for the lack of a garden if you’re bringing the family – and some of central London’s very best schools are within an easy commute.
If you don’t know London well, there are so many factors to take into consideration when choosing the right location for you. Access to an independent relocation expert with good knowledge of the local rental market is essential. Add to that the further considerations such as convenience for work, access to suitable schools, transport links for trips back home… This is where one of Saunders 1865’s professional relocation advisers will really help you out.
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We know London property inside out, we know how much you should expect to pay and the advantages and disadvantages of choosing different areas. We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to make your UK relocation as smooth, efficient and arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free as possible.
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For the VIP who wants want to live in a prime London location, Knightsbridge is ideal. It is not only convenient but offers the very best of London-life in terms of dining, shopping, services and facilities. This is the place to come if you like the idea of concierge living, designer shopping, cutting edge beauty treatments at a luxury spa and easy access to the rest of London and beyond.
Average Monthly Rents in Knightsbridge