Close up: Eaton Square

Written on 12 March 2014 by Alistair Boscawen in London

Are you considering a move to Eaton Square, which is situated right in the heart of Westminster? Maybe this might influence a quicker decision…

Eaton Square is one of the most exclusive parts of London, a residential garden square in London’s Belgravia district.  The area boasts iconic Grade II listed stucco façades, pillars, and balconies set behind immaculate black railings, although most houses are now lateral apartments, often with short leases.  One of the best addresses in London and the centrepiece of the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate, demand for Eaton Square property is at an all time high and arguably one of the most famous addresses in the world…


A brief history

One of three squares built by the Grosvenor family; it’s named after Eaton Hall, a Grosvenor country house in Cheshire. Developed by Thomas Cubitt in the 1820s (he gets around – see our spotlight on Pimlico), its location in the past made it the perfect location for getting access to the King’s ear, as King George IV decided to make Buckingham Palace his home. This is because it’s near Kings Road and was used as a private road by Royalty headed for Kew or Hampton Court. Before World War II, Eaton Square was an upper class address, but didn’t quite have the  of the cache of grander areas in Mayfair and Belgravia, such as Belgrave Square, Grosvenor Square, St James’s Square or Park Lane.  During the Second World War it served as the headquarters of the Belgian government-in-exile

After World War II

Post 1945, Eaton Square stood out for remaining almost completely residential. While some houses remain undivided, much of the square has been converted into flats and maisonettes by the Grosvenor Estate. However, the exterior appearance of the square remains the same. Most of the freeholds still belong to the Grosvenor Group, and the present Duke of Westminster has his own London home in the square.

Famous residents

From politicians to film stars, there are lots of famous residents who have lived on this exclusive square. Examples include Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi, Roman Abramovich and Baroness Thatcher, before she died. James Bond even had his fictional home here! Politicians Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain also lived here as did actors Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Roger Moore and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Blue plaques around the square show its grand heritage – with one dedicated to Edward Wood, Earl of Halifax and viceroy of India, as well as George Peabody, the Victorian banker and philanthropist. Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, has also  recently moved here.

If you’d like to know more about property for sale in Eaton Square and leasehold enfranchisement make sure you contact one of our friendly team who can help you find what you’re looking for

Alistair Boscawen

Alistair has 32 years’ experience as an estate agent, starting in the country house department of one of London’s main international agencies before moving to the Knightsbridge house department of the same agency and learning the difference in values between freehold, long lease and short lease houses in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair.

All articles by Alistair Boscawen


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