Your Guide to London Belgravia
Where is Belgravia?
As unmissable attractions like Buckingham Palace, world-famous department store Harrods and gorgeous Hyde Park sit right on the borders of exclusive Belgravia, this is a fantastic place for you to stay! This chic district of central London can be found in the City of Westminster, surrounded by amazing, attraction packed areas like South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Victoria. It’s inside the congestion charging zone, but as there are four tube stations in Zone 1 in the area (Knightsbridge, Victoria, Sloane Square and Hyde Park Corner) you won’t need your car! You can even get to Gatwick Airport with ease from here as Victoria Train Station is only 10 minutes walk away.
History of Belgravia
In a previous life, Belgravia was known as Five Fields - a rural area between London and the village of Knightsbridge where hay, herbs and vegetables are said to have been grown. The name Belgrave actually stems from another of Richard Grosvenor’s (the 2nd Marquess of Westminster) properties outside of London, who owned most of the land in this area by the early 19th century. It was the Grosvenors who undertook the huge task of building most of Belgravia in the early to mid 19th century. Beautiful Belgrave Square was actually laid out by architect Thomas Cubitt in 1826, who is said to have done 'more to change the face of London than any other man'.
After World War II some of the largest houses were no longer used as residences, and became embassies, charity headquarters and professional institutes. Some of the houses are now being reconverted to residential use and large houses in Belgravia are among the most expensive anywhere in the world (often costing more than £15.00 million!). Belgravia has always been one of London's most fashionable districts and staying in its exclusive, upmarket atmosphere will only help to make your trip to London unforgettable. You’ll be surrounded by impressive bars, boutiques, galleries and restaurants - as well as many of London’s astounding attractions.
The Positives of Belgravia
Even though Belgravia is right in the heart of London it’s a relatively peaceful district in comparison with neighbouring Chelsea and Knightsbridge. As a result you’ll find it easy to relax in Belgravia’s cosmopolitan atmosphere and make the most of the fantastic art galleries, shops, bars and restaurants. Why not take a stroll around Belgrave Square (one of the grandest 19th century squares in London)? To see how the other half live you could always go window-shopping in exclusive Pont Street! Another huge plus point is that you’ve got amazing attractions like Buckingham Palace and Harrods on your doorstep. As the tube links are so great you can get around the rest of London with ease too. You’ll even find Victoria Train Station and Victoria Coach Station close by!
Need to Know Belgravia
As Belgravia is such an exclusive district it can be pretty pricey, which you’ll soon notice when you browse the boutiques and frequent the bars here. However, there’s nothing to stop you window shopping to soak up the chic atmosphere, plus you’re bound to find some affordable places when you take a look around! Of course, if you prefer the more main street shops of Oxford Street or want to experience the more affordable entertainment of the West End, these are only a short tube journey or approximately 20 minutes walk away.