Christmas is coming to Belgravia

Written on 23 November 2015 by Alistair Boscawen in London


Christmas is fast approaching and the festive spirit will rise above one of London’s best loved villages in early December when Santa Claus and his reindeer join carol singers for Belgravia Christmas Sunday.

christmas belgraviaThe free annual event, which is taking place on 7 December, will see Elizabeth Street and Pimlico Road transformed into a winter wonderland from 11am.

Family attractions on offer include stalls selling handmade crafts and festive food and drink, children’s entertainers and festive music.

Best Gapp’s neighbours on Elizabeth Street will also be opening their doors to offer discerning festive shoppers and diners a choice of designer and luxury fashion, high-class homewares and seasonal menus.

Throughout the Christmas season, Elizabeth Street really comes alive, with its high-end shops offering everything from Cuban cigars, bespoke fragrances and Mungo & Maud accessories for man’s best friend to hand-crafted Christmas cards.

Visitors to Pimlico Road, just three minutes from Sloane Square Tube station, will also be able to pick up organic festive hampers and hand-tied bouquets while taking in the festive lights that are on display throughout Belgravia.

Seasonal film festival

Other events taking place in Belgravia include the Grosvenor Christmas Film Festival in Eccleston Place Courtyard.

Between Thursday 10 and Sunday 13 December, the venue will be screening Elf, Nightmare Before Christmas, Gremlins, Die Hard, It’s A Wonderful Life and Love Actually.

Tickets for the U-classified films cost from £10 and all profits will go to The Sustainability Institute – a pioneering environmental and educational charity in South Africa.

The organisers are encouraging film-goers to wear fancy dress and promise that Eccleston Place Courtyard will be covered with a heated, weatherproof canopy.

To keep out the cold, ticket holders will also be provided with warm blankets, while hot festive meals, mince pies and mulled wine will also be on offer.

Festive concerts and carol services

For those who prefer live indoor entertainment, a number of venues in and around Belgravia still have tickets available for their annual carol concerts and festive celebrations.

St Paul’s Church Knightsbridge holds its Foundation Carol Service between 6.30pm and 8pm on Tuesday 1 December when celebrity readings accompanied by a glass of chilled Champagne or hot mulled wine are among the highlights at the Grade II* listed church in Wilton Place, Belgravia.

The Children’s Trust Christmas Concert starts at 7.30pm at Cadogan Hall on Monday 7 December. Hosted by BBC News presenter Nicholas Owen, premium tickets include an after-show reception of drinks and canapés.

Meanwhile, Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square – just minutes from Belgravia – is putting on a festive show of carols and other Christmas music from around the world on Saturday 12 December.

From film festivals to speciality shopping and festive markets, Christmas in Belgravia is a special time of year for its hard-working residents.

While all the festive events in this exclusive part of London are open to visitors from all over the world, here at Best Gapp we believe you have to live within walking distance of Eaton Square – probably Belgravia’s most desirable address – to get the most out of Christmas in London’s best loved village.

It should come as no surprise that there is a high demand for property in Belgravia, but here at Best Gapp we have a limited number of exclusive homes for sale and rent in and around this area. For details of how you could be celebrating future Christmases in Belgravia, contact Best Gapp before the festive season gets into full swing.

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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