Best Gapp’s own Head of Residential, Giles Cook, has explained why Belgravia is ‘in a class of its own’ in a recent interview with Deborah Battsek PR, a London-based property PR agency.
Giles points to the considerable investment committed by The Grosvenor Estate for helping to enhance Belgravia’s fortunes. Elizabeth Street, for example, has been transformed into a major retail destination, boasting a range of independent boutiques.
Meanwhile, new luxury developments have contributed to the variety of residential property available, while The Grosvenor Estate has also set its sights on Belgravia’s commercial offering, and Eccleston Yards, billed as ‘a hub for creative enterprise, commerce and co-working’ is due to launch this Spring.
Of the area, Giles said: “Belgravia is regal London in a class of its own”, and described it as being possessed of an “aristocratic ambiance”.
Belgravia’s enduring popularity rests on its high concentration of stucco-fronted, stately Regency terraces and elegant Georgian townhouses, tree-lined streets, profusion of garden squares, and the area’s ability to act as a comparatively quiet retreat for residents despite its proximity to London’s West End.
When asked to list his favourite Belgravia haunts, Giles cites, among others, La Poule Au Pot as a great place to sample the delights of French cuisine, Peggy Porschen for delectable sweet treats of every description (the shop’s pastel-pink exterior makes it impossible to miss on a stroll down Ebury Street), and The Nag’s Head pub on Kinnerton Street for a crafty pint enjoyed in congenial surroundings. The Eggs Benedict at Tomtom Coffee House also comes highly recommended.
To find out more about Belgravia and what makes it so special – and about its famous former residents and the recent sale of one particularly impressive property – read the interview in full here.