Nestled between Kensington, Chelsea, and Belgravia, the upscale area of Knightsbridge is one of the most desirable areas in London. The area is equally as popular with tourists as it is with business travelers, due to its proximity to the City of London as well as several major landmarks. Obviously, this means that Knightsbridge accommodation is in extremely high demand. Whilst many will opt to stay in one of the myriad hotels in the area, more savvy travelers will be aware that serviced apartments offer a much greater degree of comfort and convenience. TheSqua.re present the finest examples of such accommodation available in the area.
Some of the most popular include:
All of TheSqua.re’s Knightsbridge Apartments feature an array of luxuries and modern conveniences, including the latest home entertainment systems, chic contemporary decor and most conveniently of all - full kitchen facilities. Furthermore, TheSqua.re’s Knightsbridge accommodation also offers many of the benefits usually associated with hotels, including room cleaning, reception, and concierge where available.
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Knightsbridge itself only covers a small area, so those staying in the area will find that everything is within easy walking distance. Whatsmore, its diminutive size means that visitors to Knightsbridge can easily explore the surrounding neighbourhoods of Belgravia, Earl’s Court, Kensington and Chelsea. However, despite its affluent reputation, the area also offers a range of more modest options when it comes to accommodation, with a degree of price variation within the neighbourhood itself. Those looking for accommodation in Knightsbridge effectively have two options - those looking to enjoy the outdoors can stay towards the north side of the area, which borders with Hyde Park, whilst those looking for a little more city life will want to be closer to the shopping precincts on towards the south-east corner.
Having chosen the location, there is of course also the format of accommodation to consider. A luxury serviced apartment offers the ultimate experience of Knightsbridge - especially if it offers views of Hyde Park. Alternatively, it is also possible to find small, self-contained studios, perhaps closer to the incredible museums of neighbouring Kensington.
Knightsbridge was once a small hamlet on the outskirts of London, which within a few centuries went on to become one of the world’s most desirable residential areas, with a population of just over 9,000 people. Whilst the area is usually associated with the rich and famous, its range of luxury stores have made it a favourite destination for tourists looking to experience the finer things in life. Below are a few more interesting facts about Knightsbridge, some of which may prove more surprising than others:
Thanks to its central location, there’s no shortage of things you can do in Knightsbridge. Visitors will find the area offers everything from sprawling parkland to luxury shopping destinations and its proximity to London’s museum district make it a popular destination for those looking to enjoy a little culture. In fact, many of London’s top attractions are within easy walking distance of Knightsbridge.
Q. What are the most popular things to do in Knightsbridge?
Most people visiting Knightsbridge will have three things in mind when it comes to things to do. Firstly, the area is within easy walking distance of some of the UK’s best museums. Secondly, Knightsbridge is adjacent to London’s favourite park and lastly, it is home to the world-famous Harrods department store.
Q. What are some free things to do in Knightsbridge?
Many of the world-class museums in neighbouring Kensington offer free admission, making Knightsbridge one of the best places to be to enjoy London on a budget. For those looking to spend more time outside, Knightsbridge is directly next to Hyde Park, with its 142 hectares of greenery, trees and lakes.
Q. What is there to do in the evening in Knightsbridge?
As something of a haven for the rich and famous, Knightsbridge provides a wealth of entertainment for the evening. From its chic bars and restaurants to its traditional pubs, the area is great for socialising and the area also boasts several theatres and cinemas for further entertainment.
There is certainly no shortage of cultural activities in South Kensington. The Natural History Museum is housed in a stunning romanesque building that is an architectural marvel in itself, not to mention home to a huge collection of exhibits dedicated to the history of life on earth. Just a short walk away is the Science Museum, which has a fantastic array of interactive exhibits and displays. Then there’s the V&A - Victoria and Albert - the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, with a collection of over 2.3 million objects. Anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors will find Hyde Park just a short walk away - arguably London’s most famous and popular green space, and one of the largest.
London is also famous for its incredible range of restaurants and eateries - and South Kensington is no exception. The area boasts several Michelin-starred restaurants, including Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Kitchen W8, and Zaika. There are also plenty of other fine dining restaurants across the district, with some notable establishments being Margaux, Town House Kensington, Coda Restaurant by Eric Chavot and Apero Restaurant.
However, South Kensington isn’t all fine dining. There are also plenty of more low-key restaurants that offer equally delicious menus. These include modern British venues, such as Bumpkin South Kensington and Muriel’s Kitchen, as well as plenty of international cuisines, such as Casa Brindisa, Raison D’etre and Khan’s of Kensington, which serve Spanish, French and Indian foods respectively.
Knightsbridge is famous for its luxury stores, not least the world-renowned Harrods department store, which draws millions of visitors each year - even those who simply wish to explore its impressive interior and food halls. Of course, Harrods has become a cultural icon, but it is not the only store in Knightsbridge. There is also Harvey Nichols, described as the younger and more fashionable Harrods and packed with all the latest lines from the world’s top designers.
However, for those looking to do a little more conventional shopping, there are several mid-level shopping malls in the areas surrounding Knightsbridge. These include:
Knightsbridge itself is only a small area, so visitors will find it is easy enough to explore on foot or perhaps by bicycle. Those looking to explore the wider area of West London have plenty of options, thanks to London’s extensive public transport network. Knightsbridge is served by several bus routes - the main routes being numbers 14, 83 and 220. There are also two-night services in operation locally - the N74 and N97. However, most will find the London Underground is the easiest way of getting in and out of the area and to the rest of the city. Knightsbridge has its own tube station, which is served by the Piccadilly line. However, the area is also accessible from several other stations, including:
The most cost-effective way of paying for public transport is to make use of London’s Oyster card payment system. This is particularly true for those planning to make regular trips around the city - a single trip to zone 1-2 will cost £2.40 whilst the equivalent single ticket is £4.90. Similarly, a zone 1 - 4 Travelcard will cost £13.10, whilst the Oyster is capped at £10.10.
London weather has a tendency to be unpredictable. Whilst the capital does feature distinct seasons, rain can be expected at any time of year. Winters are usually fairly cold, with freezing temperatures possible in December, January and February. However, by contrast, London weather in July is usually warm and dry, with temperatures reaching average highs of 24 degrees. Whilst August can be a little hotter, typically the city doesn’t experience temperatures high enough to make it uncomfortable. The month of September is often a good time to visit, as the temperature is usually still warm, whilst being a little cooler than August in the evenings, making for a more comfortable stay.