Knightsbridge in London is known for being a playground for the wealthy, where there are plenty of opportunities to splash out on luxurious apartments, cars, jewellery and fashion. Aside from luxury shopping what else is there to do in the Knightsbridge area?
Whether you are visiting the area for the first time or you are moving to Knightsbridge, there is no denying the magnetic draw of Hyde Park. It is no surprise that it is one of the most popular parks in London. There is a lot to see in the pristinely maintained 142ha of green space, from memorials and statues to events and community-led 5km runs.
Since the mid 1800s Speakers Corner in Hyde Park has been a lively part of the area where you will be able to see debates, public speeches, demonstrations and protests. The area is used for anyone wanting to share their views on current events, politics and religion and to exercise their right to freedom of speech, although a police presence is never far away, generally Speakers Corner remains civil and respectful, yet often lively.
If you feel the need to see some art during your visit to Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, it is highly recommended that you visit the Serpentine Galleries. Situated either side of the Serpentine Bridge in the middle of Hyde Park the two galleries show both emerging and established artists from all over the world in a beautiful setting.
One of the many reasons why Knightsbridge is so popular with visitors is because its wealth of world-famous museums. Within one short walk around the area known as ‘Albertopolis’ you will come across the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and Apsley House.
Boasting over 15,000 exhibits, the interactive Science Museum is an ideal day out if you have curious kids that like to get hands-on and be immersed in what they are seeing. Be sure to take in the IMAX theatre and simulators during your visit to the Science Museum. Although it is easy to spend almost all day at either, many people combine their visit to the Science Museum with the nearby Natural History Museum.
Entry to both museums is free as they are publicly funded. Not only does the Natural History Museum house one of the largest collections of scientific exhibits in the world, behind closed doors it is also a leading Earth and Life Science Research Centre.
These world class museums mean that when you are living in Knightsbridge, you’ll never be short of something to do.
Promising a sophisticated twist on ‘izakaya’, the Japanese idea of casual and informal dining, Zuma is well known for its tasteful offering of Japanese cuisine, including no less than 40 varieties of sake. All of the bar staff are highly-trained to find the right sake for you, whatever your taste. Alternatively, there is an extensive selection of classic cocktails available, all of which can be enjoyed at the bar, restaurant or one of the private dining rooms. The food consistently receives rave reviews, making it popular with both residents and visitors.
Earning the right to call itself one of London’s leading venues is Cadogan Hall, the 950 capacity concert hall has incredible acoustics and lavish decor, making it an ideal venue for the resident Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the many other highly regarded visiting orchestras.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has an international reputation for delivering powerful performances, from movie music galas and traditional Last Night of the Proms concerts to classical music staples such as Elgar, Schumann, Brahms and Shostakovich.
Surely everyone knows about London’s most famous department store, Harrods, but not many people know of its hidden gem of a Parisian style tearoom on Hans Road - Ladurée. Colourful macarons and afternoon teas are served in the spacious and picturesque outdoor terrace that is a highly recommended visit during spring and summer.
There are many luxurious hotels around Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, each with their own spas and wellness centres. However, there is one in particular that has a reputation that is arguably above all others in the area. The spa at the Mandarin Oriental at 66 Knightsbridge was styled by esteemed New York designer Adam D. Tihany. It promises an oasis of calm where you can enjoy peace and serenity, perfect if you are moving to Knightsbridge and the process of moving house has tied you in knots. With thirteen treatment rooms you’ll find an amethyst crystal steam room, sanarium, vitality pool and a fully-equipped fitness centre.
For residents of Knightsbridge who enjoy yoga and pilates, the PilatesPT yoga studio at the Mandarin Oriental Spa, is also highly recommended.
The Royal Albert Hall was opened in 1871 and has been on the bucket list of almost every music lover ever since. The grand interior, iconic exterior and world-famous acoustics are a sure-fit hit with any performing arts enthusiast. However, it is not widely known that you can also have a tour of the areas that are not often shown to TV cameras and members of the public.
The Secret History Tour at the Royal Albert Hall takes you behind the scenes, through the backstage corridors and into some of the hidden areas of the auditorium and teaches you of the story behind the hall.
Oysters, snails and mussels are often a divisive option for cuisine but for the best seafood in the area we recommend going to the Bibendum Oyster Bar. This elegant and airy French bistro is beautifully decorated with art deco tiled mosaics from floor to ceiling and offers an extravagant eating experience for lovers of seafood.
Knightsbridge is famous for the high price tags of the luxurious department stores, but for those looking for something a little bit different there is a hidden gem of a street full of boutiques that is physically around the corner from the likes of Chanel and Ralph Lauren flagships but is very far away in terms of spirit.
There are too many independent shopping gems along Walton Street to list here but suffice it to say that shopaholics will find it easy to spend their days happily browsing the selection of fashion boutiques, art dealers, delicatessens, florists and interior designers along this colourful tucked away street.
It’s no surprise to find that Knightsbridge welcomes millions of visitors every year. Whether you are just visiting or you are moving to Knightsbridge you will find no shortage of things to do in this beautiful area of London. If you are considering moving to Knightsbridge, get in touch with our specialist Knightsbridge removals team for a free removals quote.