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Why rent a car in Knightsbridge?

A short distance from Hyde Park and home to Harrods, the London district of Knightsbridge mixes metropolitan glamour with English gentility. Knightsbridge is a shopper’s paradise filled with upmarket brands, chic boutiques and elegant gift shops. It’s also the ideal place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in a luxury hotel. Knightsbridge is a great location for exploring other areas of London like Soho,Camden Town,Westminster and Kensington.

How to get to and around Knightsbridge?

If you’re arriving via Gatwick Airport then it’s a 33-mile drive by rental car into Knightsbridge. En route you can stop off to visit Kingston upon Thames, a historic market town 12 miles outside of London where the Saxon kings were traditionally crowned. There you can stroll along the idyllic stretch of river admiring the many colourful houseboats that line it.

What brands are available?

There are various rental car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Sixt, Enterprise and Keddy. Green Motion, an environmentally friendly hire car service, is also available in the area.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Knightsbridge

History Museum, the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall. Neighbouring Knightsbridge is the grand and historic Westminster, home to Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and the Houses of Parliament, plus famous shopping streets like Oxford Street and Piccadilly, and fashionable, restaurant-filled Soho. Also nearby is upmarket Kensington, a haven of sweeping white mansions, idyllic green spaces and artisanal food shops.

The picturesque town of Richmond is a seven-mile drive away by rental car. Known for its deer-filled park and breathtaking views of the Thames, Richmond also has a varied restaurant scene. The 18th century Hogarth House, famous for having been the home of Virginia Woolf, still stands in the town.

A 32-mile drive from Knightsbridge is the Surrey Hills, a 163 square mile Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that includes vineyards and three long-distance walking trails.

Tips and tricks for driving in Knightsbridge

If you’re driving your hire car into the centre of London at peak times, remember that you will have to pay a congestion fee. London traffic can be busy so give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. If you’re visiting from abroad, remember that the UK is left-hand drive. Bear in mind that it’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in the UK.

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