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London, England – Knightsbridge

By Harry Preston

Technically, Knightsbridge runs along the bottom of Hyde Park, from its east corner to Queen’s Gate, and south to Brompton Road. But in the general imagination it figures larger, partly because it is often included with parts of Brompton and Belgravia, partly because there is so much conspicuous wealth. It has the most expensive real estate in the country. Flats in a new development designed by Richard Rogers at One Hyde Park cost tens of millions of pounds. For some of the area’s residents, who include jet-setting footballers, sheikhs, hedge fund millionaires and celebrities in their ranks, Harrods is the local corner shop.

It was not always so. For centuries, the area was renowned as the haunt of highwaymen. It’s major transformation came relatively late in the day, in the 19th century, with the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park triggering substantial development. Harrods itself was a direct result, as were the cultural and educational institutions around Exhibition Road. If you like upmarket shopping, you’ll be in seventh heaven. This is Ab Fab territory.

Harvey Nichols reigns supreme opposite Knightsbridge Tube, from where you can complete a neat triangle, heading down Sloane Street where all the big British and European designers have shops, turning right into Pont Street, in order to hit the boutiques and restaurants (anything from Portuguese to Persian) of Beauchamp Place, then right on to Brompton Road, where many will want to dive into Burberry, that trademark of stylish outdoor British clothing. The renowned shoe designers Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik are based here, along with flagship stores of luxury brands such as Chanel and Cartier. Coutts, bankers to the Queen, are also part of this exclusive neighborhood. The area is the perfect place to rub shoulders with celebrities with its chic stores and air of wealth and affluence. Home to some of Britain’s aristocracy,

Knightsbridge is also a great cultural venue with museums like the Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Serpentine Gallery. Catch concerts of classical and popular music at Cadogan Hall in Sloane Street or the Royal Albert Hall; for connoisseurs of fine art there is Bonhams, Christie’s, Kalman and countless other galleries.. The area is also a premier international business location, which benefits from its proximity to the West End and is within easy reach of the City of London and Canary Wharf. In recent years Knightsbridge has seen a major security-related overhaul due to the continuing influx of multimillionaire residents and is now a heavily protected area.

Bus Ride through the City of London

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By Harry PrestonFor more information about London, England visit GuidedTourLondon.com. For more information about Stockholm Royal Palce visit GuidedTourStockholm.com.

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