A lot of areas in London can be termed 'exclusive', but Knightsbridge really is. With some of the finest fashion outlets in the world, and both Kensington and Chelsea next door, it's an attractive and desirable part of the city, complemented by a great range of Knightsbridge serviced apartments.
Bordering Hyde Park to the north, South Kensington to the west, Belgravia to the east and Chelsea to the south, Knightsbridge is an exclusive area of Central London, close to Westminster. It is both a residential and a retail district, home to a whole host of fashion stores and boutiques. In fact, alongside the West End, it can be considered the most upmarket, sought after shopping district in both the borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the capital, populated by around 10,000 people.
Business travellers staying in Knightsbridge serviced apartments will find it has more to offer though than just exclusive shops. Across the town, there is a wide range of Knightsbridge restaurants (including the very popular Hawksmoor Knightsbridge) and some of London’s loveliest properties.
Extended stay Knightsbridge apartments give those travelling to London on business a comfortable and flexible space, with excellent, convenient transport links. Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner tube stations are both on the Piccadilly Line, while nearby South Kensington Station also opens up the Circle and District Lines. London Heathrow and London City airports are also either side of the area, both just fifteen miles away.
It is hard to look beyond the economy of Knightsbridge without mentioning its highly profitable retail sector. Headed in particular by the world-famous Harrods and Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge’s shopping experience lauds a certain top quality compared to its London district counterparts. With this prestige though comes the fact that it is also one of the most expensive areas to live capital.
Knightsbridge does have a range of support schemes and companies on hand to help both new start-ups and existing businesses to help manage and take advantage of this expensive trait. One example of this is the Knightsbridge Business Group. Their goal is to promote the area’s character, networking opportunities and overall qualities as a place for new and progressive business. The group is made up of a strong range of members who are regular communication, looking to establish ways in which the area can expand regarding business.
As well as having the potential to be profitable as a place for business in itself, it is also important to consider how Knightsbridge is also ideal as a location to commute from. Even those staying in Knightsbridge temporary housing can take pleasure from knowing that they are not far from other London business districts, such as the City, Chelsea, West End and Mayfair. The heart of London, of course, is also not far from those living in Knightsbridge.
Behind every great and popular destination is a long history. This is no different for Knightsbridge. The district is similar to its neighbours though in the sense that its growth stems out of the general expansion of London as a capital. From humble beginnings, the small, kind of a no man’s land’ known as ‘Knyghtesbrugg’ began its largest form of development whilst under the reign of Edward I in the thirteenth century. This was after it was deemed as merely an area between London and Kensington.
The origins of Knightsbridge’s name is debated, but an obvious assumption would be that it involved knights and bridges. The bridge which crosses over the River Westbourne is the one in question but the story behind the knights is blurry, with stories ranging from Sir Knyvett taking credit for the name, to the area simply being using more commonly by knights and their rich friends and family then the common person.
Knightsbridge did not really begin to fully became what it is today until the late 18th century. Developments progressed which enabled Knightsbridge to establish its own boundaries and identity, pulling away from its surrounding neighbourhoods. It grew in the sense of multiculturality too, with a large number of national embassies arriving in the area in the twentieth century. Many of the collection of embassies in the district is located to the east, near the Knightsbridge Medical Centre.
To grasp a greater understanding of the history of the area, London and the country as a whole, be sure to visit the ‘Museum Quarter’ along the border of South Kensington ideally located near our range of fully equipped Knightsbridge serviced apartments.
Knightsbridge is first, a place that boasts an incredible shopping experience, and second, an area packed with historical remembrance and stunning green space. Starting with the retail experience, the ‘high street’ is jam-packed full of high-end Knightsbridge shops, eaterie options, supermarkets, banks and cafes. This can all be found along the Brompton Road, (minutes away from Knightsbridge school), which means guests staying in Knightsbridge aparthotels can enjoy having almost everything they need right at their doorstep. Pubs in Knightsbridge are not hard to come by either, ideal for a group of corporates looking to enjoy a social drink or meet-up.
As well as this, Knightsbridge has a vast amount of green space and parks in nearby London neighbourhoods which visitors can utilise to relax and relieve some stress throughout a business trip. These spots are iconic too. North of Knightsbridge is the greatly popular Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, the home of the Serpentine Lake, the Kensington Palace and much more. To the east is the beautiful Greeb Park and Buckingham Palace Garden. Buckingham Palace is an attraction in itself, just two miles from Knightsbridge, whilst the garden is magnificent and well worth a visit.
Knightsbridge is also the partial home to what is known as ‘London’s Museum Quarter’. The area and the bordering South Kensington neighbourhood have a collection of museums which display an array of national history. These include; the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National History Museum, the Science Museum, the Royal Geographical Society and the Sikorski Museum. These sites are impressively educational and contribute to the lovely cultural feeling which radiates out of the area. All of which are easy to access from Knightsbridge corporate accommodation.
Overall, you might only have booked a stay in Knightsbridge short term accommodation, but this should not stop you from using your time, whether here for business or leisure, to appreciate all the district has to offer. Business potential, a globally reputable retail sector and a fantastic commuting location. Knightsbridge has it all!
Being a London residential area, Knightsbridge profits from having two major airports either side of it, within close proximity. London Heathrow (LHR) and City (LCY) airports are both around fifteen miles away from Knightsbridge to the west and east respectively.
Guests staying in Knightsbridge corporate housing could also arrange to have taxi transfers to and from the airports of their choosing!
Operating along the Piccadilly line, Knightsbridge station is the primary underground facility in the residential area. The station sits on the corner of Brompton Road and Sloane Street, opposite the McLaren building.
Knightsbridge station is the stop between South Kensington and Hyde Park Corner stations, heading to Uxbridge / Heathrow Airport and Cockfosters respectively.
Although there are no railway stations based in Knightsbridge, there are a few outside of the area. These include Victoria station, West Brompton and Kensington Olympia station.
There are at least eleven different bus routes that run through the Knightsbridge area. Passengers can plan to ride along the routes to the locations of their choosing, which could include; Kensington, Victoria, Chelsea, Fulham, Earl’s Court or Hampstead Heath.
These routes are also convenient for those looking to connect to London Underground and Overground stations. This is easily achievable thanks to the range of bus stops, mainly populated in the heart of Knightsbridge.