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Knightsbridge & Mayfair

Also Includes

Belgravia

Postcode Areas Covered

W1, SW7 and SW1

Our Summary

This has got to be the creme de la creme of London. Good quality homes, plenty to do, and easily located to enjoy everything London has to offer. The only down side is the high property prices.

General Description

These three areas of London are very highly regarded and sought after and are among the best addresses to possess within the capital. Knightsbridge and Belgravia lay to the south of Hyde Park (London's largest park), whilst Mayfair is to the east of the park.

These areas have always had an amount of exclusivity and this is certainly still the case today. The general feel of the area is of classic grandeur rather than the trendy feel that can be found in other areas of London.

Knightsbridge has the A4 running through to Hyde Park Corner, and whilst this makes travelling a lot easier, don't expect the road to move very quickly as it is always congested. A very affluent but compact area with housing to the north of the A4 including some lovely little garden squares whilst across the road you have shopping options such as Harrods and the boutiques on Beauchamp Place and Sloane Street.

Again a small area, to the East of Sloane Street, Belgravia is an exclusive address with is pretty, white, stucco-fronted buildings on wide and elegant streets. Nestled amongst these are high end designer boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. There are a number of embassies located here.

Mayfair is a larger area than the previous two but still as affluent and renowned. The area is bordered by Piccadilly, Park Lane, Oxford Street and Regent Street making it very centrally located. Many of the houses have been converted into commercial premises giving the area a constant buzz, particularly through the week.

All areas are well served by the Underground with the Piccadilly, District, Circle, Jubilee, Bakerloo, Victoria and Central lines having stations here. This makes getting around London very easy.

Travel Times

From Knightsbridge to... By Car By Train/Tube
Heathrow Airport 19 miles, 31 mins 42 mins (direct)
Gatwick Airport 29 miles, 60 mins 53 mins (3 changes)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

Housing in these areas are predominately either red brick or white stucco fronted houses. Most of them have now been converted into apartments, but even so, it is quite normal to be able to find large four bedroom apartments that can easily accommodate families. Some new developments are to be found, but because the buildings are protected, these are usually modernisations that take place behind the facade of an existing building rather than completely new constructions. Prices here are among the highest in London.

Knightsbridge & Mayfair
  To Purchase To Rent
Studio £400,000 - £825,000 £200 - £600 per week
1 bed £630,000 - £1,000,000+ £250 - £800 per week
2 bed £850,000 - £2,000,000+ £350 - £900 per week
3-4 bed £1,300,000 - £2,000,000+ £450 - £1200 per week
5+ bed £3,500,000+ £1400+ per week

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.

Education

Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authority (LA) for the area is the City of Westminster and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
www.westminster.gov.uk/schools-and-learning

There are few primary schools in the area but they do achieve equal to or above average standards. There are no secondary schools here. There are a few independent schools all of which have good standing.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map

Key

  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

The area falls administratively into either The City of Westminster or The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea which are the administrative authorities responsible for the local areas. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
www.rbkc.gov.uk
www.rbkc.gov.uk/council-tax/council-tax
www.westminster.gov.uk
www.westminster.gov.uk/council-tax

The police authority for the area is The Metropolitan Police. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
content.met.police.uk/Home

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
illustreets.co.uk/explore-england

Shopping

Shopping facilities in Mayfair are dominated by Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street. These three are world renowned for the range of shops that they boast. Oxford Street is famously the home to many department stores, perhaps the biggest of which is Selfridges. Marks and Spencer also have their flag-ship store along Oxford Street. Oxford Street is one of London's top tourist attractions and attracts around half a million daily visitors, no matter what time of day you go it will always be crowded. Unfortunately, pick-pocketing is rife in the area so be extra vigilant when shopping here!

Regent Street intersects Oxford Street at Oxford Circus. Regent Street's most famous shop has to be Hamleys toy store. The store is arranged over seven floors - a haven for children of all ages! Other stores to be found here include Libertys which first opened on Regent Street in 1875.

Bond Street is home to lots of designer stores with Armani, Versace, Gucci, Chanel and Prada, to name but a few, having stores along this prestigious road. Be prepared for your credit cards to get their full use.

Carnaby Street is located just off of Regent Street and was famous in the 1960's for trendy clothes. It has maintained this reputation and today it is a lively mix of cafes, and shops that sell clothes that you wouldn't find on the high street. The area has recently been redeveloped to include more restaurants and make it a more of a sociable space rather than just a retail destination.

Knightsbridge is dominated by the world famous Harrods store. The imposing building is a landmark in the area and all manner of things can be bought here. The shops surrounding Harrod's are definitely worth investigating too, with Harvey Nicols being another shopping heaven and only a few doors away. Sloane Street is packed with designer stores and completes the shopping experience in the area.

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

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Leisure Facilities

The Berkeley Spa – spa facilities which include a roof top pool with panoramic views over Hyde Park.
www.the-berkeley.co.uk/health-club-and-spa

The Refinery – self-described as "London's one-stop Grooming Emporium for men" and offers gymnasium facilities with a health and beauty centre.
www.the-refinery.com

The Curzon is a small, arthouse cinema, but of course, the many large screen cinemas are not too far away in Leicester Square.
www.curzoncinemas.com

The West End theatres are also within easy reach and are mainly situated in and around Shaftesbury Avenue.

Local Attractions

Hyde Park - the largest of the royal parks in Central London. Take a stroll through the grounds, a rowing boat on the Serpentine or even look at the latest collection at the Art Gallery. There are stables within the park so you can even go horse-riding.
www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park

Green Park – set between Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly. Though the smallest of the eight Royal Parks, it is a peaceful park to take a leisurely walk in and a popular location for picnics.
www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/green-park

London Trocadero - a lively mix of shopping, bars, restaurants, a hotel and entertainment situated at Piccadilly Circus.
www.londontrocadero.com

Buckingham Palace - the official residence of the Queen with parts of the palace open to the public for tours.
www.royal.gov.uk/Home.aspx

The Science Museum – housing collections of both historical items and 'hands-on' exhibitions.
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

The Victoria and Albert Museum - is a museum of the decorative arts.
www.vam.ac.uk

The National History Museum - probably most famous for its dinosaurs but there are plenty of other interesting things to see here.
www.nhm.ac.uk

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