Places to see in London Belgravia
Famed for its exceedingly wealthy residents, Belgravia is full of little leafy squares and expensive brasseries. In fact, you might notice how many streets are on a faint curve, and the parallel streets curve in the opposite direction. This is so that the back gardens of the houses can be turned into one, large, communal park for all the residents. Sadly, though, these are often private and out of bounds to tourists. You’d be hard pressed to get bored in Belgravia, even if the concentration of things to do isn’t as fierce as some other areas.
Recommended Attraction in Belgravia
For a little-known thing to do, we’d suggest heading to The Punchbowl on Farm Street. This is a lovely pub in a quiet, residential part of Belgravia and is owned by the world-renowned film director Guy Ritchie. Style and class abound, but the pub never loses its sight of the fun-loving, slightly Victorian feel of having a good ol’ knees-up! And have a nose around the area too, because nearby there’s an abandoned pub that you may well recognise from some of the UK’s best loved TV series…
Alternative Things To Do in Belgravia
We really recommend making your way to Sloane Square and booking a concert at the Cadogan Halls. BBC Radio 3 performs their lunchtime concerts there, and tickets to that are free (but you have to qualify and apply in advance). It’s a stunning venue and the music is some of the best classical music you’ll hear. Next to that building are the Cadogan Place Gardens, which are sublimely maintained English communal gardens and the perfect place to take a picnic and relax. It’s relatively quiet considering the bustling Kings Road is not that far away.
Belgravia Attraction List
Whether you’re in Belgravia for a night or a week, you’ll have a very relaxing time with some of London’s best restaurants and bars on offer too. The area can get a bit pricey, though, so we recommend you check out our Belgravia hotel booking service to see what money saving offers we’ve got in store for you.
This is Belgravia Gallery and it’s a showcase for work by outstanding artists. The gallery opened in 1986, and has a diverse range of art forms – lithographs, paintings, sculptures and fine art photography. You’ll find work by some really well-known artists here, including Picasso, Rembrandt and Warhol. Nelson Mandela and HRH The Prince of Wales also have some of their art displayed here.
Address: 45 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JL
Phone: 020 7495 1010
You’re now at the Guards Museum. It contains information and artefacts relating to the five regiments of Foot Guards: Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards. It tells the history of the regiments from the 17th century to the present day. The displays include examples of uniforms, paintings, drawings, and sculptures that depict the various battles in which the regiments have played a part.
Address: Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ
Phone: 020 7414 3271
You’re now at the western front of Buckingham Palace and this is The Queen’s Gallery. It exhibits fascinating items from the Royal Collection (the collection of art and treasures held in trust by The Queen for the nation). It was built out of the bomb-damaged ruins of the former private chapel in 1962. It was re-developed and re-opened by The Queen in May 2002 and is well worth a visit.
Address: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA
Phone: 020 7766 7301
This is stunning Buckingham Palace which has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. It evolved from a town house that was owned from the beginning of the eighteenth century by the Dukes of Buckingham. Today it is The Queen's official residence and has 775 rooms! Although it’s used for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, areas of Buckingham Palace are opened to visitors on a regular basis so you should definitely go in and explore.
Address: London SW1A 1AA
Phone: 020 7930 4832
You’re now in stunning Hyde Park is one of London's finest historic landscapes covering 350 acres. There is something for everyone in Hyde Park. With over 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow and horse rides it’s so easy to forget you're in the middle of London. If the weather’s nice you should definitely have a picnic here.
Address: Park Lane, London W2 2UH
Phone: 0300 061 2000
This is the south-east corner of Hyde Park and here you’ll find Apsley House, which was home to Arthur Welsley (the first Duke of Wellington) from 1817 until his death in 1852. Known as the 'Iron Duke', Wellington earned the nickname for the iron shutters he had installed at Apsley House after rioters broke the windows in protest over his Reform Bill. Wellington's descendants still live at Apsley House, but ten rooms have been restored and are available for you to explore in the Wellington Museum.
Address: 149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, London W1J 7NT
Phone: 020 7499 5676
Here is Wellington Arch which was installed opposite Apsley House in 1830 and moved to its present location about 50 years later. The bronze sculpture at the top is the largest one in Europe, and until 1992 the arch housed a tiny police station. George IV originally commissioned this massive monument as a grand entrance to Buckingham Palace. You can take a lift to the balconies for glorious views over London's Royal Parks and the Houses of Parliament. Inside the Arch, there are three floors of exhibits that will tell you about its fascinating history.
Address: Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, London W1J 7JZ
Phone: 020 7930 2726
Get ready to shop ‘til you drop! This is the flagship Harvey Nichols department store that opened in its present form in the 1880s. There are eight floors of fashion, beauty and home collections. Why not also have a stylish meal in the Fifth Floor Restaurant, or sample one of the most fashionable watering holes of Knightsbridge - the Fifth Floor Bar. If you just fancy a snack, the light and airy Fifth Floor Café has a fabulous roof terrace that overlooks the rooftops of Knightsbridge.
Address: 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ
Phone: 020 7201 8641
You’re now at the fantastic Jonathan Wylder Gallery. It’s a permanent exhibition of Jonathan’s bronze sculptures and has a fabulous sculpture garden. His subject matter is dance, the human form and horses and the exquisite sculptures are cast in bronze using the traditional lost wax process.
Address: 2 Motcomb Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 8JU
Phone: 020 7245 9949
Here you’ll find the unique Mathaf Gallery which specialises in art of the Muslim world. They display 19th century paintings, water colours and lithographs produced by famous artists. The gallery has been open for 30 years and is still a world-leader in 19th century paintings of Arabia (known as Orientalism).
Address: 24 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU
Phone: 020 7235 0010
You’re in the heart of Belgravia now, in stunning Belgrave Square. It’s one of the grandest nineteenth century squares in London and was planned by property contractor Thomas Cubitt in 1826, for the second Earl of Grosvenor.
Address: Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QB
While you’re in Belgrave Square you should walk through the wonderful gardens. There’s even a special Tree Walk which will help you recognise the numerous species of trees and shrubs that are here.
Address: Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QB
If you fancy an exclusive shopping experience you’re now in the right place. Sloane Street is home to chic boutiques and glamorous designer shops such as Prada and Armani. Whether you’re splashing the cash or simply window shopping you should definitely spend some time here.
Address: London SW1X 9QX
This is Sloane Square - a small hard-landscaped square that was designed in 1771 by Henry Holland and his son. The square was named after Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753), whose heirs owned the land at the time. Here you’ll be able to shop in the Peter Jones department store or visit the Royal Court Theatre.
Address: London SW1W 8EE
The Royal Court Theatre is Britain's leading national company, dedicated to new work by innovative writers from the UK and around the world. The New York Times described it as 'the most important theatre in Europe'!
Address: 50-51 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS
Phone: 020 7565 5000
You’re now on fashionable Elizabeth Street. This upmarket area is home to Poliane - which is an exclusive bakery founded by the late Lionel Poliane whose signature ‘pain au levain’ is still baked on the premises. And you can really indulge on Elizabeth Street because opposite Poliane is a luxury chocolate shop called The Chocolate Society!
Address: London SW1W 9PP
If you’re feeling peckish then The Thomas Cubitt is the place to be! It’s Belgravia’s most exclusive pub, honouring London’s master builder who designed Belgrave Square. It’s a top destination in Belgravia for visitors and locals alike. You should definitely sample the gorgeous British a la carte menu..
Address: 44 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PA
Phone: 020 7730 6060
If you’re an art lover and fancy seeing some more exhibits, why not pop into Ebury Galleries? They house a lovely selection of art from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Address: 200 Ebury Street, London SW1W 8UN
Phone: 020 7730 8999
This fantastic Art Deco building is Victoria Coach Station, which opened in 1932. It was designed by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners and is about three acres in size. Today, the coach station is open all day, every day of the year. Around 200,000 passengers a week use it to travel to all parts of the UK and lots of European destinations.
Address: 164 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TP
Phone: 0843 222 1234
Fans of the Robert Downey Jr versions of Sherlock Holmes will have seen the inside of the Punchbowl Pub in Belgravia (albeit decorated differently) as it belongs to none other than the famous film director Guy Ritchie. But aside from its celebrity status, it’s a lovely pub in a sleepy but beautiful part of town. Get yourself down there for a pint and a good pub grub meal!
Address: 41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5RP
Phone: 020 7493 6841