Originally Knightsbridge was a series of fields that connected the villages of Chelsea and Kensington, through which the now re-diverted Westbourne River flowed.

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Montpelier Street-based Nicolas Van Patrick (NVP) have purchased Hobart Slater, one of the original two estate agents specialising in the Knightsbridge area since 1981.

Knights-bridge was called thus because of the bridge across the river, as it flowed from the base of the Serpentine at Hyde Park Corner, on into the Thames near Sloane Square.

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It is said that knights would use the bridge as they came to London before leaving for the crusades, to seek a blessing from the Bishop of Fulham.


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The bridge NVP provides these days is between buyer and seller, market to market, cycle to cycle and locale to locale.

We are a nexus between the different areas of the Royal Borough, bridging Chelsea and Kensington in the same way as the original open land that became Knightsbridge.