Knightsbridge is, and always has been, a truly international destination. It is notable as an ultra-expensive residential area, the world-class designer boutiques of Sloane Street and of course department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
Recent developments such as 199 Knightsbridge and One Hyde Park, touted as the most expensive residential address in the world, have only added to that reputation. But as well as these ultra-prime new-build developments, Knightsbridge also offers a range of period houses and flats that are amongst the most desirable in London.
The area around Cadogan Square and Lennox Gardens has its own distinct style of red-brick architecture, where elegant apartments overlook pretty gardens. The continued ownership by the Cadogan Estate of the land on which this area sits has ensured careful management of the area to preserve its historic character.
Meanwhile, just south of busy Brompton Road, Knightsbridge’s main through-route, lay the white stucco houses of Egerton Terrace and Egerton Crescent, which sweeps around a semi-circular private garden, long reckoned the neighbourhood’s smartest addresses.
And just around the corner, Walton Street, a busy little thoroughfare between Knightsbridge and South Kensington, is a mix of upmarket shops, restaurants and pretty terraced houses. As with other neighbourhoods in this part of London, there is a huge diversity of styles.