Belgravia is a tranquil little paradise, tucked away between the hustle and bustle of its close neighbours, Victoria, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. The area takes its name from one of the Duke of Westminster’s subsidiary titles, Viscount Belgrave, and much of the area was originally owned by Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westmister, who had it developed from the 1820s by Thomas Cubitt.
Belgrave Square and Eaton Square are the two main squares, both of which are lined by imposing white stucco terraced houses. Since the Second World War, many of the largest properties have been converted into embassies, charity headquarters and professional institutions, or have been converted into spacious apartments, but there are still a few rare houses available in their entirety. Belgravia property is particularly popular these days with wealthy international buyers.
Eaton House and Eaton Square (featured) are two of the leading private primaries in this part of London. St Peter’s Primary is an excellent local state school on Eaton Square, popular with politicians.
There are some lovely neighbourhood restaurants and cafes around Elizabeth Street and Ebury Street, such as Oliveto (featured), Baker & Spice, and the Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar.
Although Belgravia is much quieter than its neighbouring areas, the Alfred Tennyson (featured) and Thomas Cubitt are both popular bars providing good food.
Belgravia’s nearest parks are Hyde Park (featured) and Green Park.