Knightsbridge ticks all the boxes for those with bottomless pockets and a penchant for the finer things in life – from Europe’s largest Rolex shop to arguably the world’s most luxurious department store.
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Knightsbridge: King of London’s Upmarket Neighbourhoods
Is Knightsbridge London’s most upmarket neighbourhood? With Harrods food hall as its corner shop and the Mandarin Oriental hotel bar as its local, it can certainly stake a claim. Stately embassies, five-star hotels and designer boutiques selling luxury watches are par for the course around here. But it’s the property prices that set it apart from its classy contemporaries like Belgravia and Mayfair. The area, which stretches from the corner of Sloane Street to Hyde Park Corner, was confirmed as the most expensive address in London by Land Registry data in 2022.
When you’re not treading the opulent aisles in Harrods and Harvey Nichols or browsing the high-end fashion designers on Sloane Street, you can enjoy the vast green expanse of Hyde Park – one of London’s eight Royal Parks.
- Underground: The area is served by three zone 1 tube stations: Sloane Square (District and Circle lines), Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line), and South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines).
- Bus: Numerous buses travel through Knightsbridge, including the 14, 22, 74 and 9 routes.
- Air: Heathrow Airport, which is approximately 16 miles to the west, takes around 40 minutes to reach by car and 50 minutes on the Piccadilly line from Knightsbridge station.
Anywhere that’s home to 275 listed buildings, many of which are grand Victorian terraces surrounding verdant squares, is going to be a luxurious place to live. The area’s palatial period properties are complemented by the development of super prime contemporary apartment buildings, such as One Hyde Park, The Knightsbridge and 10 Lancelot Place.
- Average property price: £2,370,681
- Average flat price: £2,152,619
- Average house price: £6,950,000
- Average rental value: £2,788 per week
- Rental price range: £525 – £12,500 per week
To put things into perspective, London’s most expensive property is located here, which hit the market for $220 million in 2022.
- Primary schools: St Peter’s Eaton Square C of E Primary School (co-ed aged three to 11), Oratory Roman Catholic Primary School (boys aged three to 11), Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic Primary School (co-ed aged three to 11).
- Secondary schools: St. Thomas More Language College (co-ed aged 11 to 16), Pimlico Academy (co-ed aged 11 to 18)
- Private schools: Garden House School (co-ed aged three to 11), Hill House School (co-ed aged four to 13), Sussex House School (boys aged eight to 13), The Knightsbridge School (co-ed aged three to 16), Francis Holland School, Sloane Square (girls aged 11 to 18), More House School (girls aged 11-18).
- Shopping: Knightsbridge is the personification of shopping in style – from Harrods, the world’s most iconic department store, to Sloane Street’s array of designer boutiques.
- Culture: Take a short stroll up Brompton Road and you will be in neighbouring South Kensington – one of the world’s most culturally rich neighbourhoods. There you’ll find three world-renowned museums – National History, Science, and Victoria and Albert – and one of the world’s most iconic music and theatre venues: the Royal Albert Hall.
- Green space: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens both border Knightsbridge to the north. Two of London’s eight Royal Parks, they cover a combined total of 615 acres.