Brief history to Belgravia
Belgravia is a stunning area within Central and West London, it is part owned by the Duke of Westminster's Grosvenor Estate and renowned for its exclusive residential properties. Taking the name Belgravia from the Duke of Westminster's subsidiary title, Viscount Belgrave, Belgrave a small village near the family home at Eaton Hall.
Sir Richard Grosvenor as part of his mothers' dowry estate, began development in Belgravia during the 1800s. Sir Richard commissioned famous and popular builder of the time, Thomas Cubitt to design and develop the area. Creating a unique grid of residential streets and pretty garden squares Belgravia was transformed from rural to residential. After World War II a percentage of the larger properties were refurbished into embassies, charity headquarters and professional institutions. Today we see these properties being lovingly restored back to residential use.
Belgravia is a relatively quiet area in comparison to those it boarders. It offers a slower pace of life to its residents but is just a stone's throw away from bustling scenes at Buckingham Palace, the Guards Museum and the Tate Britain. The lively and luxurious Sloane Street is nearby, you will find designer boutiques, high street stores and there are numerous trendy bars and great culinary restaurants on the doorstep.
Types of Property in Belgravia
This unique area of Central and West London is both elegant and exclusive. Renowned for its white stucco fronted terraces and garden squares Belgravia is both desirable and well sought after. During the Georgian period houses in the area had brick facades, however during the Victorian era they added the stucco and were painted.
There's a wide choice of period properties in the area, terraced and mews houses, converted and purpose built apartments and penthouses. Homes in Belgravia are often passed through generations so the area maintains high levels of staying power. White stucco fronted houses and palatial properties are typical to this part of Central and West London. New properties in the area are reflective of the mews style houses and more suited to smaller families.
Average rental prices
This incredible corner of our capital is highly exclusive and this is reflective in the cost of living, a studio apartment will cost you in the region of £291.25 per week. A one bedroom apartment you will expect to pay in the region of £889.00 per week and a two bedroom property you will expect to pay in the region of £1,423.25 per week.
Council Tax Banding in the area ranges from A – £453.16 to H – £1,361.48. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.
Who lives in Belgravia
Belgravia is home to foreign ambassadors, bankers, professionals and families. The smaller new mews houses have been developed with small families in mind.
Many famous residents have chosen this unique area to call home, notably Mozart who wrote his first symphony in 1764 whilst staying at No 180 Edbury Street. Award winning actress Vivien Leigh who starred in the 1939 box office hit Gone with the Wind, made Belgravia her home. Whilst Sean Connery and Roger Moore bring a James Bond feel and presence to the local population
What to do in Belgravia
Albeit a quieter counterpart to neighbouring Kensington and Chelsea, Belgravia is still host to a range of entertainment and activities. You'll find retail bliss at Collonade Place and Rococo's on Motcomb Street for the ultimate in chocolate experiences. Designer Louise Kennedy's contemporary crystal collection can be found on West Halkin Street.
For those on the cultural trail St Peter's Church in Eaton Square is a Grade II Listed building and known for being one of the most beautiful churches in London. For statement structures the Wellington Arch can be found at Hyde Park Corner, but its original home was outside Buckingham Palace. For theatre lovers or those seeking an evening performance, the famous Royal Court Theatre is located at Sloane Square.
For fine dining Motcombs international cuisine is at 26 Motcomb Street, Msimann's famous chef and restaurateur Anton Mosimann is located in this unique area. From the incredible team, that bought The Thomas Cubitt gastropub to the city centre, their latest adventure at The Pantechnicon will not disappoint. After supper take a stroll round the beautiful green squares of Lower and Upper Grosvenor Gardens they are stunning and somewhat romantic in the evening light. View the bronze ornate statue in Orange Square it forms a magnificent centre piece to this pretty little garden.
Perfectly situated in Central and West London, Belgravia has excellent public transport links to and from the area. Tube stations can be found at Sloan Square and Victoria Station.
Victoria Coach station offers coaches across the width and breadth of the UK and there are plentiful London Buses operating in the area.
Schools, Colleges and Universities
There are plenty of high achieving schools and colleges in Central and West London. For primary education in the area the Eaton House School, St Barnabas Cofe and St Peter's Eaton Square Cofe are the ones marked outstanding. For secondary level education the Francis Holland School, More House School and Abbey College all rate highly with Ofsted.
For more information on schools and colleges in the area please visit our specified section here.