Locale Knightsbridge

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Famous area in the borough of Westminster which is bounded by the southeastern corner of Hyde Park. Knightsbridge is really the name of the road running from Hyde Park Corner through Scotch House to the Prince of Wales Gate of the park; however it has also given its name to the surrounding area, which bounds Brompton and Belgravia.

[Harrods]? is in the area of Knightsbridge but is actually on [Brompton Road]?. [Harvey Nichols]? is on Knightsbridge itself.

Colin Hinson has a transcription of an 1868 text describing Knightsbridge.

The area is extremely affluent, particularly on the Belgravia side. full of posh people.

Historically, the name comes from a legend about a duel between two knights on the bridge here. Today any bridge is non-evident but the ancient [River Westbourne]? still runs under here, now in tunnel, to feed the [Serpentine]? in Hyde Park.

The area did not become heavily developed until about the mid 1800s, when the exhibition at South Kensington sparked a lot of interest, leading to a construction boom in the area.

The road forms part of the busy A4 leading from the West into the centre. Traffic is heavy (Knightsbridge jam cam).

Knightsbridge is served by Knightsbridge Station and Hyde Park Corner Station, both of which are on the Piccadilly Line quite close together. Piccadilly Circus is just under 5 minutes away by tube, 5-10 minutes by buses [9]?, [14]?, 19 and [22]?, or about 20-25 minutes' walk.

OS X co-ord: 527760     OS Y co-ord: 179660     (Latitude: 51.500935 Longitude: -0.159130)
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