Written on 1 March 2018 by Giles Cook in Belgravia
There are over 300 niche boutiques and businesses to peruse in Belgravia. There’s no doubt that the neighbourhood is a hub for luxury items, speciality stores and stand-out couture. Away from the bustle of the department store, we have Elizabeth Street and Motcomb Street, two quiet roads which are a shopper’s dream. You’ll find hidden gems such as a Moroccan-style garden tucked away beside a chocolate shop, and cult favourites for perfume and fashion.
Poilane, 46 Elizabeth Street
This French family-run bakery has boutiques in Paris, Antwerp and the heart of Belgravia. Here you will find a heady selection of breads, pastries and other sumptuous treats, freshly baked in a wood-fired oven daily. What sets Poilane apart is the passion with which its bakers work, meaning that they strive for excellence with every single bake. Brioches, sourdough, and croissants are just some of the delicacies available on your doorstep.
Les Senteurs, 71 Elizabeth Street
Specialist perfumery Les Senteurs has something of a cult following. London’s oldest independent perfumery stocks over 350 divine fragrances, including niche and undiscovered brands alongside old classics. According to Les Senteurs, ‘each visitor is taken on a personal journey of discovery to find their perfect scent’ when visiting the Belgravia boutique
Donna Ida, 40 Elizabeth Street
Denim boutique Donna Ida stands out among the boutique retailers of Elizabeth Street. Australian-born Donna Ida Thornton filled an important gap in the market when she opened her boutique, focusing mainly on jeans. Here you will find top denim brands such as FRAME denim, Mother Denim, James Jeans, Goldsign, their own brand IDA and many more. What’s more, they stock tops, sunglasses, scarves and handbags to complete your wardrobe.
Rococo Chocolates, 5 Motcomb Street
This luxury chocolatier’s flagship store in Belgravia offers a delightful experience. Here you can sip on a delicious hot chocolate while sampling some baked goods at their Chocolate Cafe. But what’s really exciting is that their glass floor allows you to sneak a peek at the chocolate makers and bakers in action. When the weather is fine you can while away the day in the MoRocco secret garden, a hidden Moroccan-style garden created by Rococo’s founder, Chantal Coady.
Christian Louboutin, 23 Motcomb Street
Christian Louboutin is one of the most prestigious and sought-after shoe brands the world over. The trademark red-lacquered sole is instantly recognisable. We’re lucky to have our very own boutique in the neighbourhood. The Christian Louboutin boutique in Belgravia offers up their distinguished range of shoes and handbags.
Carolina Bucci, 4 Motcomb Street
Belgravia is also home to this celebrated jeweller’s flagship store. The stunning jewellery at this boutique has a modern, playful feel and is strongly influenced by the Florentine heritage of Carolina Bucci. Particularly notable are Bucci’s signature lucky bracelets, which are popular among celebrities. These woven bracelets with a Florentine finish are begging to be stacked, layered and combined according to the wearer’s own personal style.
These are just a selection of the best small businesses and boutiques you should visit in the area. With the number of elite shopping experiences available, Belgravia is an appealing neighbourhood in which to take residence. Now the only question is, which of these alluring shops should you drop by first…