Belgravia

Belgravia

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Belgravia gets its blue blood from the aristocratic Grosvenor family who still own much of it. Tha are has never been anything else but posh. Richard Grosvenor (second Marquess of Westminster) instructed Thomas Cubitt to develop land in 1820th after King George IV chose Buckingham Palace as his residence. Famous Belgrave and Eaton Square is the result of this collaboration. These days Grosvenor is an international group and still manages the estate under the guidance of the sixth Duke of Westminster.

It is a refined area with its restaurants, shops and houses that reflect this. In the heart of Belgravia lies Elizabeth Street with its independent shops, cafes and quality restaurants - Thomas Cubbitt bar, TomTom Coffee and Peggy Porschen cupcakes specialist are to name a few.

Another centre of social life is Sloane Square,with its bars and restaurants that are packed every evening with locals and visitors alike. Near Sloane Square you will find Cadogan Hall, a renowned venue for concerts and lectures. Now the residency of the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, the church building was built in 1907 but in 2000 it was purhased by Cadogan Estate. It was then converted into a concert hall which these days attracts English aristocracy and "sloaners".


But let us present you one of the unique bits of Belgravia - Wilton Row, a pretty cobbled mews behind the grand Lanesborough Hotel, where you will find the Grenadier pub - one of the most haunted pubs in England. It is popular among locals along with the visitors attracted by the pub's history. So if you happen to visit it in September, you might have a chance to meet the ghost of a card-cheating soldier who didn't survive the revenge from friends.


Belgravia is one of primiest postcodes and areas of London. Its white stucco mansions attract attention of buyers from round the world. Hence many houses are occupied only for a a few months per year and hence it is rather quiet area. The neighbourhood is bordered by Victoria, Pimlico, Knightsbrigde and Hyde Park, all of which have quite a distinct feel compare to Belgravia.

 

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