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Spotlight on Knightsbridge

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What’s in a name?

In the time of Edward I, the manor of Knightsbridge appertained to the abbey of Westminster. It was named after a crossing of the River Westbourne, which is now an underground river. It is recorded that the citizens of London met Matilda of England at the Knight's Bridge in 1141.

 

Noteworthy residents

Former Oasis drummer, Alan White, lived in a mews house on Pont Street.

13 - 14 Princes Gate was the residence of the American Ambassador  to the Court of St James from 1921 until 1955. JFK lived there with his family when his father, Joseph Kennedy, was ambassador between 1938 and 1940.

 
 

Sir Winston Churchill lived and died in 28 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington Gore.


 

Production designer Sir Ken Adam, famous for his work on Dr Strangelove and seven James Bond films, lived in Montpelier Square. Sir Ken's famous sets include the triangular Pentagon War Room in Dr Strangelove and the villain's headquarters in the 1962 James Bond film Dr No. He also designed the car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The Hungarian composer and pianist, Béla Bartók lived on Sydney Place.

 


 

Cadogan Lane was the former home of William Wilberforce who was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. The campaign led to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which abolished slavery in most of the British Empire; Wilberforce died just three days after hearing that the passage of the Act through Parliament was assured. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.
 
Lillie Langtry, celebrated as a young woman of beauty and charm, resided on Pont Street. Whilst later on in her career she established herself as an Actress and Producer, she was also known for her relationships with noblemen, including the Prince of Wales and Prince Louis of Battenberg, the Earl of Shrewbsury


 


Hot spots and Noteworthy buildings

 
Harrods, this renowned store, whose motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique, which is Latin for 'All Things for All People, Everywhere’, has been located in its current position since 1851.
 
The building of One Hyde Park was completed in 2011. The 6 bedroom penthouse flat became the most expensive flat to ever be put on the market, with an asking price of £140 million. 
 
In 1831, Benjamin Harvey opened a linen shop in a terraced house on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street this modest venture expanded over time to become the Harvey Nichols we know today.

The V&A is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The Mandarin Oriental hotel has been welcoming guests since 1902. This stunning facade is archetypal of traditional redbrick London buildings. Tradition has it that the Queen would not allow any form of advertising within Hyde Park and therefore insisted that the main entrance, with the hotel’s name above it, be on Knightsbridge. The Queen consequently mandated that the original entrance (on Albert Gate) be preserved for Royal use, unless permission is otherwise granted by the Royal Household, which has been upheld. Guests of the hotel can still take part in this tradition by requesting permission from the Royal Parks to use the ‘Royal Entrance’ for special occasions.

 

 

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