As one of the few venues to hire in Knightsbridge we always appreciate how lucky we are to be situated in super-exclusive Knightsbridge and enjoy a range of events in Knightsbridge.
Kent House Knightsbridge is located opposite Hyde Park, one of the largest and loveliest of London’s Royal Parks, and at over 350 acres, it is one of the largest open spaces in London. With over 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow, horse rides and more, it is easy to forget you are in the middle of London.
Alongside the tranquility of the park, there are the obvious retail delights of Knightsbridge and though our purse strings might be challenged in Harrods or Harvey Nics, the shops are always full of style and inspiration – with over 330 departments in Harrods there is always something to see and the Egyptian Halls and Crystal Rooms are stunning. And it goes without saying that the window displays at Christmas are worth a trip in their own right. If you do decide to buy something at Harrods, make sure you leave the store with its signature green bag!
We’re blessed that our Knightsbridge venue is opposite Hyde Park so we often go for a walk around the Serpentine at lunch time and of course some of London’s finest museums are on our doorstep and we love to get lost in the rooms of the V&A or attend their free late night openings which are always great fun.
There are also plenty of historical sites to enjoy such as the Albert Memorial, one of London’s most ornate monuments, commemorating the death of Prince Albert in 1861 and the Wellington Arch, commissioned by George VI as a grand entrance to Buckingham Place. Of course our own London townhouse venue, Kent House Knightsbridge, has a rich, royal history. The first house was built in 1790 and was rented by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, and son of George III who enlarged it and (modestly!) named it after his own title. Prince Edward installed his mistress in the house and had a tunnel built underneath the road linking the house to Kensington Palace and enabling secret rendezvous. Unfortunately, like his brothers, most notably the Prince of Wales (later George IV) he was constantly in debt and his beloved mistress did not stay long in Kent House. Prince Edward later married and went on to have a daughter, the future Queen Victoria.
In 1870 the house was rebuilt and turned into a remarkable salon by Lady Noble, the granddaughter of pioneer railroader Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Lady Nobel invited leading musicians of the day and the famous Les Ballet Russes to perform and celebrated actors and actresses of the day were entertained there.
Lady Noble left Kent House in 1940 when, like so many other London landmarks, the needs of war transcended the need for luxury living and the building was taken over as wartime offices. The house was acquired by Westminster Synagogue in 1960 and a third renaissance of the building began as the glories of the house were restored and it now hosts exclusive events for private individuals and leading brands.
If you’re looking to hold an event at Kent House Knightsbridge you’ll discover how convenient our location is for yourself. Kent House Knightsbridge is only a five minute walk from Knightsbridge tube station. It is the first building on the left as you pass through the security barrier at the top of Rutland Gardens. It is in a superb location, in a secluded and secure road opposite Knightsbridge Barracks & Hyde Park. If you’re thinking of holding an event in Knightsbridge and are still looking for a Knightsbridge venue then we’d love to welcome you to Kent House Knightsbridge and show you around – and afterwards perhaps you’ll find time to enjoy some of the attractions in Knightsbridge.