Secret London: Belgravia
Little Known Facts about Belgravia
Apsley House (built in the 1770s) uses the address Number One, London, because it was the first house people saw after passing through the Knightsbridge tollgates.
Glamorous chef and all-around domestic goddess Nigella Lawson lives in Belgravia with her husband, ad mogul and art guru Charles Saatchi.
Belgravia’s most famous current residents include UK's second richest man, Roman Abramovich, Margaret Thatcher, Joan Collins, Sarah Brightman and Elle Macpherson.
Notable past residents of Belgravia have included Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister Arthur Neville Chamberlain, Frederic Chopin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vivien Leigh, Mary Shelley and Lord Tennyson.
Queen Victoria rented number 36 Belgrave Square for her mother. This was considered to be a royal seal of approval for the square.