Knightsbridge. Just the name sounds luxurious. This part of London is synonymous with the finer things in life, and for good reason. Luxury goods shops, high-end restaurants, and five-star hotels abound, and walking down the street is like stepping into a fashion shoot.
When I first moved to London I associated Knightsbridge with one thing: Harrods. I don’t think I’m alone in that, either. The department store is famous the world over, and its food halls alone had me ducking in every time I walked by.
But a decade on I’ve come to know Knightsbridge for a lot more than just a shop, even if it is an iconic one. From streets and cafes to squares and gardens, this London neighborhood is a great place to explore. And an easy one, too. Its diminutive size makes it manageable to get around, from the border with South Kensington to the boundary with Belgravia.
Streets and Squares in Knightsbridge
I like to start my exploration in Knightsbridge’s streets. The area between Brompton Road and Hyde Park is home to a lot of great ones, including Trevor Square. This pretty place is full of colorful doors and shutters, not to mention flower boxes and wrought-iron balconies.
The narrow passageway at the north end is also fun to walk through, and roads like Montpelier Place, Cheval Place, and Rutland Street are all bursting with beautiful homes.
On the other side of Brompton Road, I love Pont Street. The Pont Street Dutch architecture is stunning, and I love the Queen Anne windows and orange brickwork. Just off Pont Street, Walton Street is lovely and I adore the arched entrance to Pont Street Mews.
Shopping in Knightsbridge
But Knightsbridge is most famous for its shopping, and I couldn’t write a blog post about this London neighborhood without mentioning a few of the best places for it. Londoners tend to prefer Harvey Nichols to Harrods when it comes to department stores, and given they’re next door to one another it’s easy to do a comparison.
The rest of Brompton Road is full of shops, and Sloane Street rivals Mayfair‘s Bond Street when it comes to luxury goods.
Restaurants in Knightsbridge
And speaking of the better things in life, Knightsbridge has no shortage of good restaurants and bars. I’ve had great meals at Dinner by Heston—the meat fruit has to be one of the prettiest and most delicious dishes in all of London. And Rivea takes me straight to Provence through its cuisine.
There are plenty of places to eat on Beauchamp Place, too, and I had many a post-clubbing meal at Maroush when I first moved to London. Now my nightlife hours are more subdued, but I still enjoy a cocktail at Buddha Bar from time to time.
In fact, I enjoy bit of everything in Knightsbridge from time to time. This neighborhood is great for a special occasion, a splurge, or a wander, and whenever I’m here I soak it all in and let the feeling remain until my next visit. Or a lottery win, which would make my trips a bit more frequent. Fingers crossed.
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