London’s most rarefied areas – Belgravia, Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, and Kensington – contain some of the world’s most expensive, desirable properties, often owned by royalty, celebrities or other wealthy, cosmopolitan individuals. Knightsbridge Management numbers many such people among its clients, providing them with an all-embracing home management service as well as offering a full concierge service and help with household staff recruitment. Founded in 2014, it prides itself on its discretion, efficiency and politeness, all qualities for which the British are renowned.
The home management team visits its clients’ houses regularly, ensuring that they remain in pristine condition.
This is partly about preventative maintenance, dealing with the problems that inevitably occur in even the best-kept houses. Thanks to maintenance inspections, major leaks have been prevented at several clients’ second homes which, had they been allowed to go unchecked, would have caused serious disruption and damage to the rooms below. Several of the houses in Knightsbridge Management’s portfolio are Listed Buildings and as such significant parts of Britain’s architectural history.
In addition to this, Knightsbridge Management offers active management, running clients’ property more efficiently. The company has developed systems for managing some of the largest houses in London, not dissimilar in scale to hotels, typically employing between five and 15 members of staff. Regular reviews provide a statement of annual household expenses, maintenance budgets, food planning, the number of household staff required and their recommended training. Reviews of utility and other contracts can result in substantial savings. One client, the owner of one of the largest houses on the company’s books, saved around £51,000 in general costs.
Knightsbridge Management also helps its clients with the often difficult task of recruiting the staff they require, frequently at short notice. One family was provided with a French-speaking nanny within three days. The company found an excellent British governess for one client’s child, with the result that the child was fluent in English within seven months. Another client was provided with a personal chef able to cater for his dietary requirements within 24 hours.
The concierge service that Knightsbridge Management offers provides the icing on the cake for clients, allowing them access to the most in demand but often sold-out events.
The company secured a block of eight seats for a sold-out performance of The Nutcracker, one of the season’s most sought-after performances. As a result, the whole family was able to sit and enjoy the show together. Knightsbridge Management organised a screening of La La Land in a private cinema complete with red carpet, Hollywood-themed decorations and popcorn for another client’s birthday party. More generally, clients of the concierge service enjoy substantial discounts and upgrades in many hotels: the company’s biggest success was saving one client 60 per cent on her Maldives holiday.
Charitable giving is a British tradition, so Knightsbridge Management is proud to donate ten per cent of its profits to charity. Its clients love knowing that they are, albeit indirectly, helping the less fortunate.
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