Take a walk around Belgravia

Written on 24 July 2015 by Alistair Boscawen in London


Eugene Regis - Belgrave SquareBelgravia is home to some of the most desirable addresses in London, including Belgrave Square and Eaton Square. Set in the City of Westminster between Buckingham Palace and Chelsea, Belgravia is just a few minutes from Sloane Square and Knightsbridge, which provides a great shopping opportunity. It is also just a quick stroll from some of London’s most well-known cultural sights, including the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Albert Hall.

But Belgravia itself also has a thriving restaurant scene and exclusive boutiques.

To get to know the area, we take a stroll around some of Belgravia’s best sights…

Orange Square Its outstanding statue of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart makes this square a major draw. There’s also The Orange – a Grade II-listed building that started life as a coffee house in 1776 but gained its reputation as a brew pub.

Fox and Hounds pub: This marks a street that has an interesting contrast. Passmore Street has expensive and contemporary homes on the left and social housing on the right.

Elisabeth Street This street is lined with boutique stores and an eclectic range of restaurants, including Les Senteurs (a perfumery) and Tomtom Cigars. If you keep walking down this street, you’ll arrive on Eaton Square, which was initially designed by Thomas Cubitt and marked the start of the royal route from St James’s Palace to Hampton Court.

Matt Brown - BolivarMinera Mews If you’re interested in the origin of property, you may want to look at these mews that originally housed the servants and carriages of South Eaton Place. As with many mews properties, these are now highly-sought after. They also give Belgravia a ‘village feel’.

Duke of Wellington pub This might be the third drinking establishment we’ve mentioned but, like the other two pubs, the Duke of Boots is well worth seeking out because it is said to be the closest to a traditional English country pub to be found anywhere in the centre of London.

Chester Square Designed by Thomas Cundy II, it’s been home to many famous residents over the years, including Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. You can read the blue plaques next to the front doors to discover the history behind some of these buildings.

Motcomb Street Known for its boutique shops and restaurants, one of its best establishments is the Pantechnicon Rooms. This smartly laid-out pub has a more formal upstairs dining room serving Modern European cuisine, but it started life in 1830 as a storage warehouse, but is now very popular.

Belgrave Square: This is said to be the formal entrance to Belgravia, along with the Slate Wall, by internationally-renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy. As well as being home to a number of embassies, check out the statues of Christopher Columbus, Simon Bolivar and Homage to Leonardo.

Whatever map you plan out for yourself, make sure you include the above for a  perfect walking tour of Belgravia. You’ll never be too far from the bustle of Knightsbridge, so you can always explore the shops afterwards.

 

Images source, Flickr: Matt BrownEugene RegisOzan Huseyin

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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