Knightsbridge is not only steeped in history. It is also one, if not the most, of the most exclusive areas in London. It is not in the usual itineraries of many travelers and even local tourists who may find the posh address and high-end establishments a bit intimidating. It is swanky and glamorous but not exactly the type of place most people would frequent. But if you look past the luxury that oozes out of this place, you will find that there are plenty of historic and modern-day gems worth exploring. And here are just a few of them:
Stroll around Hyde Park
Three hundred and fifty acres is a lot of ground to cover. But that is what makes Hyde Park a great place to visit. There will be no shortage of things to see and do. Stroll around near Serpentine Lake or get on a boat for a morning or afternoon of rowing on the water during summer. The park is also home to a wide array of wildlife. Beautiful roses and other herbaceous plants make the Rose Garden one of the main attractions in the area.
More points of interests are the Diana Memorial Fountain, Holocaust Memorial, Statue of Achilles, and many other statues and fountains. The Apsley House near Hyde Park is also worth visiting. While it still serves as a private residence for the heirs of the Duke of Wellington, a section of the property is used for the Wellington Museum which can be viewed by the public.
Explore Kensington Gardens
Kensington is a well heeled district in London. Its most notable landmarks are the Kensington Gardens , Kensington Palace, and Kensington High Street. The Kensington Gardens is a great place to explore. Lush trees and a wide array of flowering plants provide a spectacular backdrop to a vibrant landscape. It is less crowded than Hyde Park, which makes it a better option for people who want more peace and quiet.
The Kensington Palace is also a sight to behold even from afar. There’s a pond nearby where you can see swans swimming or frolicking across its waters.
Visit the Science Museum
Knightsbridge also has its share of must-see museums. The Science Museum located at Exhibition Road is known for its exhibitions. Some of which are even accessible to the public for free.
The Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius exhibition is currently open until 4 September 2016. And that is just one of the many offerings the museum has all year round.
Spend time at the Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A has over 4 million arts and design pieces. It showcases artworks from across the globe. It has several galleries featuring an extensive collection of ceramics, jewelries, paintings, sculptures and more from different periods in history.
Like the Science Museum, the V&A also has several exhibitions worth seeing.