Written by Ali Howard
Belgravia has no exact boundaries given that it’s not actually a designated administrative area. But let’s just say it sits pretty between Buckingham Palace on the east side, Sloane Street on the west, Knightsbridge on the north and Pimlico Road on the south. Boasting some of London’s finest abodes, and of course with Her Majesty in the neighbourhood, this is one of the most prestigious places to live on the planet.
Belgravia’s residential quarters are, in the most part made up of beautifully grand white stucco houses, many of which were built by Thomas Cubitt – a master builder working in the second quarter of the 19th century, who was also responsible for the eastern front of Buckingham Palace.
The very grand Belgrave Square is the area’s showpiece, while Eton Square is a larger, gardened patch bordered with classical style terraces. Upper Belgrave Street has some seriously stunning buildings and can lay claim to some of the most expensive houses in the world.
Anyone who’s anyone: Roman Abramovich, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joan Collins and Elle Macpherson, to name a few local luminaries. The area is also home to many of London’s foreign embassies.
With a location to die for, there’s a myriad of London’s restaurants, bars, clubs and galleries within walking distance. The Capital’s your oyster.
Belgravia is home to some excellent schools including Eaton House and St Barnabas’ C of E as well as its array of higher education establishments.
Any central London address means getting around is a breeze, and Belgravia is no exception with Victoria, Sloane Square and Knightsbridge stations at your disposal.
The area is named after one of the Duke of Westminster’s subsidiary titles, Viscount Belgrave.
What the agents say
“This exclusive residential area is one of London’s most sought after addresses. Demand for property from across the world is therefore generally strong on account of its location and the beautiful white stuccoed squares and streets.” – Hugo Headlam, John D Wood & Co
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