Hotel History

Home to The Park Tower Knightsbridge, the fashionable neighbourhood of Knightsbridge has a rich past that reaches far back into London’s history.

The name “Knightsbridge” is attributed to a story dating back to Saxon times. The hamlets of "Chelsea", "Kensington" and "Charing" were separated from London by a bridge that crossed the River Westbourne. A band of knights, on their way to fight in the Holy Land, traversed the bridge when two in the group fell into a quarrel. The ensuing duel cost both knights their lives, and the bridge was named Knightsbridge in honor of their untimely deaths.

Modern Knightsbridge is undisputedly the city's most coveted address–partially due to its stunning development by famed architects Henry Holland and Thomas Cubitt. A vibrant mix of luxurious shopping, graceful living and fabulous dining attracts discerning visitors from around the world.

The Park Tower Knightsbridge, built by acclaimed architects Richard Robin Seifert & Partners, opened its doors in the heart of Knightsbridge on June 21, 1973. Prime Minister Edward Heath did the official honors. Architecturally speaking, the hotel's inventive circular shape and panoramic windows affording 360-degree views were considered extremely avant-garde for the time. In 1989, the hotel became part of The Luxury Collection® and to this day, remains true to the highest standards of hospitality, style and service.

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