Belgravia Property Guide
Property for Sale or Rent in Belgravia
The most expensive properties for sale in Belgravia - and sometimes the world - can be found in and around Belgrave Square. The square took its name from one of the Duke of Westminster’s subsidiary titles, Viscount Belgrave, and it is the largest and grandest square in the neighbourhood. Take a stroll around and marvel at the elegant white stucco houses but don't overlook the central garden, which is home to some amazing statues and sculptures.
After Belgrave Square comes Eaton Square, where the Duke of Westminster has a home. There's further evidence of Thomas Cubitt's architectural legacy as well as the magnificent St Peter's Church, which was designed by Henry Hakewill and built between 1824 and 1827. If you're still in the mood for a Belgravia tour, head to Chester Square, where a 1.5 acre planted garden offers the perfect spot to contemplate your next property move. After all that walking, treat yourself to the fashionista afternoon tea - prêt-à-portea at The Caramel Room at The Berkeley.
If coffee is an art, then Tom Assheton and Giles Dick-Read are masters. Belgravia residents flock to their Tomtom coffee house on Ebury Street for artisan brews and a delightful all-day menu. After the perfect flat white, stop off at Tomtom's sister shop - the Cigar Store - on Elizabeth Street, where the coffee house's beans can be bought, along with fine cigars and whiskies.
If you are in the mood for a spot of shopping, Elizabeth Street is a good place to start. Papouelli specialises in exquisite children's shoes and clothes, while Mungo & Maud is a dog outfitters. Don't miss Philip Treacy's hat shop, Jeroboam's extensive wine and champagne cellar, 150-year old stationers HR Stokes and Les Senteurs perfumery.
Belgravia residents enter into fine dining Fridays with gusto and they are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants. Michelin-star offerings include Marcus, Gordon Ramsay's Pétrus and Ametsa with Arzak Instruction. Global cuisine is also on offer at Mossimman's (private dining), Ottolenghi, Amaya, Zafferano and La Poule au Pot. For a nightcap, head to The Blue Bar at The Berkeley , Ebury wine bar or the Lowndes bar.
Do something different at the weekend. Why not try your hand at chocolate making? Classes and events are regularly held at William Curley on Ebury Street. Choose from truffle, sea salt caramel, fraisier and Venezuelan cadeaux classes. If you find everything is fully booked, just grab your purse and make some decadent purchases from the dessert bar or chocolate counter. If cake is more your thing, book yourself into a class at the academy of the doyenne of baking, on Elizabeth Street. Peggy Porschen's work is world renowned and just a few hours under her tutorage will have you whipping up fabulous cake creations.
End the week by winding down in style The Berkeley Health Club and Spa on Wilton Place is the place to be seen. It's the only hotel spa in London to feature a rooftop swimming pool, which affords wonderful views across Knightsbridge and Hyde Park. Cap a relaxing day with supper at informal, relaxed locations such as the Thomas Cubitt pub on Elizabeth Street, the Star Tavern in Belgrave Mews or at Orange on Pimlico Road.
Belgravia Need to know
- Belgravia lies to the south of the West End
- It is bounded by Knightsbridge, Grosvenor Square, Ebury Street and Sloane Street
- Westminster Council is responsible for council tax charges in Belgravia
Sloane Square on the District and Circle line is the closest Tube station serving Belgravia, although Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner (both Piccadilly line) are also within walking distance. Victoria is the nearest mainline station.
State primary schools in the Belgravia catchment include St George's Primary School, Soho Parish Primary School, Oratory RC Primary School, St Peter's CofE Primary School and Holy Trinity CofE Primary School. Secondary schools nearby include Westminster City School, Saint Thomas More Language College and The Grey Coat Hospital School. Eaton House, Francis Holland, Knightsbridge School and Hill House provide respected independent education.
Belgravia - one of the world's most affluent and elegant neighbourhoods - actually started life as unremarkable marshy land known as Five Fields - a bandit hot spot and a dangerous place for reasonable people to be. The land's owner, the Marquis of Westminster, commissioned development by builder Thomas Cubitt in the early-to-mid 19th century, paving the way for the area's beautiful white stucco fronted properties. Much of Belgravia is owned by the Grosvenor Estate - the company who operates on behalf of the current and 6th Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor.