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Buying a property in Knightsbridge?
A structural building survey from Knightsbridge Surveyors is essential and will identify any property issues enabling you to have a full understanding of the building and to negotiate to save you money on the purchase price.
Renting a property in Knightsbridge?
A Schedule of Condition from Knightsbridge Surveyors is essential to limit your future liabilities giving you peace of mind.
Why choose Knightsbridge Surveyors?
A building survey from Knightsbridge Surveyors is the best money can buy. Our building surveys contain:-
- Detailed Executive Summaries divided into Good, Bad and Ugly to ensure you understand the property from chimney to foundation internally and externally.
- Plain English surveys – surveys you understand free from jargon
- Many survey photos – aerial view – 360 photos give a birds eye view of difficult to view areas to ensure every area is checked
- Surveyors that meet you at the property – all our Knightsbridge Surveyors are happy to meet you at the property to talk through any concerns or plans for the property
- Latest surveying equipment – Knightsbridge Surveyors use the latest surveying equipment using the latest surveying technology
- Local knowledge – we have been surveying properties in Knightsbridge for many, many years.
- Unique survey sketches – we use specially commissioned detailed survey sketches unique to our Surveyors to ensure you are fully aware of any property issues or features.
Where is Knightsbridge?
Knightsbridge is located south of Hyde Park in the London Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea bordered by Exhibition Road to the west and Sloane Street to the east as well as Cromwell Road, Thurlow Place and Brompton Road to the south.
Knightsbridge is an affluent residential area and noted for its prestigious stores and iconic Victoria and Albert Museum. From the large stores of Harrods and Harvey Nichols to the smaller boutiques in Beauchamp Place the area is synonymous with exclusive retailers selling significant brands and offering bespoke products and services.
The area of Knightsbridge also has some delightful mews houses in Ennismore Mews, Ennismore Garden Mews, Princes Gate Mews and Gate Mews.
Brief history of Knightsbridge
Who were the Knights and was there a bridge?
In days gone by there was a bridge in what is now known as Knightsbridge it was a bridge that was located where the westward main road went over the West Bourne river. Historically Knight was the name used that simply described a lad, predominantly a chap employed as a retainer. One suggestion for the area being known as Knightsbridge is that lads frequented the area.
In the past the hamlet of Knightsbridge is also said to be named due to two knights fighting on a bridge over the West Bourne river to their death.
Whichever story is true the river West Bourne that today runs underground is now dammed creating the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.
The area of Knightsbridge in the past was well known for its taverns and was an area also noted for highwaymen and thieves. A transformation of Knightsbridge came later in the 19th century becoming an exclusive and expensive residential area with top end stores, the most noteworthy being the upmarket department store Harrods.
A brief history of Harrods, Knightsbridge
In 1849 Charles Henry Harrod, a wholesale tea merchant, opened a small grocery shop on Brompton Road. Charles Henry Harrod stepped down from running the shop allowing his son Charles to take it over in the 1860s developing and building it into a huge department store.
In 1883 there was a fire, which destroyed the store with the store being rebuilt to the iconic, grand store it is today designed by architect Charles William Stephens. The store was designed featuring terracotta tiles adorned with cherubs at the front, delightful Art Nouveau style windows and a dome in a baroque style.
The store was so large that by 1898 Charles installed what was London’s first escalator to transport customers to the upper floors. The store grew and became synonymous with quality with its motto “Everything for Everyone Everywhere” appealing to customers from all corners of the globe.
Harrods during the Second World War converted from selling luxury goods to producing uniforms, parts for Lancaster bombers and parachutes.
In 1959 the House of Fraser purchased the luxury department store Harrods who later in 1985 sold to the Al Fayed brothers who continued to own the store until selling to Qatar Holdings in 2010.
Harrods remains an iconic luxury department store with expansion to outlets in airports and on the cruise ship the QE2.
The store also has a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales and son of Mohammed Al Fayed – Dodi in the form of a memorial on the lower ground floor by the Egyptian escalator.
Basil Street, Knightsbridge is a grand residential street with splendid houses with pillared porches and stuccoed facades. Basil Street is also known for its hotels, which include the Basil Street Hotel, the Levin Hotel and the Capital Hotel as well as the Basil Street Apartments.
Beauchamp Place is home to designer shops and restaurants stretching from Brompton Road to the north and Pont Street to the south.
Located north of Brompton Road and south of Knightsbridge Montpelier Square is a delightful secluded residential square. Montpelier Square has a mixture of architecture, which stretches over almost three decades from 1824. The styles vary from plain, late Georgian to the more ornate with the area firstly being developed during a development boom, which came to an early halt due to the collapse of the boom. The area has communal gardens, which cover half and acre laid out in 1867 with curvilinear walks, trees, lawn and shrubs.