Beautiful Belgravia: Guide To Living In Central London
Belgravia is London regally dressed in its Sunday best. Elegantly proportioned white stucco architecture characterises the neighbourhood’s distinctive streetscape. This aristocratic London district has a sense of community with its pretty cobbled mews, secluded private gardens and charming shopping streets as typified with Motcomb, Elizabeth and Kinnerton streets.
This chic neighbourhood is home to elegant boutiques and some of London’s leading restaurants including the Michelin starred Petrus.
Elegant stucco terraces - typical architectural style of Belgravia
An elegant interior scheme by Janine Stone for a client in Belgravia
A charming cobbled mews
Property & Architecture
Part owned by the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate, Belgravia is a magnificent residential area of central and west London that offers a choice of luxury period properties for potential buyers. These typically include terraced townhouses and mews houses, many of which have been converted into purpose built apartments and penthouses, renowned for their white stucco facades.
Janine Stone & Co. have helped convert and renovate a number of Georgian properties in the Belgravia area into suitable homes for all types of buyers and their families. Our galleries show a selection of interiors from some of these projects.
Places To Eat & Drink
- Pétrus – Gordon Ramsay’s modern French fine dining restaurant with a centrepiece glass-encased wine room. Michelin starred *
- Dominique Ansel Bakery – The Chef they describe as the ‘modern day ‘Willy Wonka’ has opened up on Elizabeth Street bringing his infamous Cronut to London.
- The Alfred Tennyson, The Thomas Cubbitt and The Orange – these well-loved gastro pubs combine great beer, wine and food in cool surroundings – hot spots for hipsters and locals.
- The Antelope – located on Eaton Terrace, this traditional pub is a favoured watering hole of local residents and we hear it serves a wicked Sunday lunch.
- Poulot au Pot – this renowned French restaurant serves authentic paysanne cuisine. The charming interior features intimate nooks, scrubbed French oak tables and crisp white linen as only the French can dos one of the neighbourhoods established eateries.
Schools in Belgravia
- Eaton House Schools – Schools for both sexes, ages 3-11.
This group of schools are all highly sought after and to receive admission you should really enter at pre-prep stage – as almost all pupils continue to the prep school automatically with few spaces available at age 8+.
- Peter’s Primary School –Mixed, ages 3-11.
A state school where pupils from across London travel to attend. The exclusive location and strong Christian values make it a vote-winner for many MPs who send their children there. Almost fifty percent of pupils go on to attend ultra-competitive London privates including the likes of Westminster & St Paul’s.
- Francis Holland School – Girls only, ages 4-18.
A boutique public school that encourages children to be adaptable, embrace change and learn from failure. Pupils are taught coding and web design as early as year one, there is an emphasis on competitive sport and the arts. All the schools Oxbridge educated.
- Garden House – Mixed, Ages 3-11.
Garden house teaches its boys separately from the girls but allows them to mix outside the classroom. The school is known for achieving academic success without burdening their pupils with an extreme workload. The schools’ location means pupils enjoy/par-take in drama productions at the nearby Royal Court, gala concerts at Cadogan Hall and Christmas carols in the Royal Hospital.
- Hill House – Mixed, Ages 4-13
Pupils get an academically rigorous education at Hill House and successfully move on to a huge range of schools. Last year this included 16 scholarships and two Eton music awards. The school even has its own chalet in Switzerland, where the children attend trips. Head Richard Townend has describes the school previously as an ‘English school, with English culture and an English curriculum’.
Shops & Boutiques
Whilst Belgravia is only a short distance away from some of London’s most luxurious shopping at Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street. Local residents often prefer to peruse the pretty boutiques on the more serene streets.
- Motcomb Street – affectionately referred to as “the village” by many locals, this quaint cobblestone street with its pretty little courtyards is home to a charming array of high-end fashion, food and luxury beauty stores.
- Elizabeth Street – the newly restored boulevard plays host to markets, fundraising events and the annual Elizabeth Street Summer Party.
- Kinnerton Street – a cherished assortment of shops line this narrow and meandering path. Expect to discover boutiques belonging to leading homeware designers such as the renowned candle chandler and fragrance expert, Rachel Vosper.
Inside Belgrave Square is a secluded garden comprising 4.5 acres of green space. Think of wisteria covered pergolas, rose beds, a tennis court and grassy play area for the children. The garden is private mainly for Grosvenor estate residents.
Hyde Park is in close vicinity, which is popular for runners and dog walkers. The park hosts a range of outdoor events throughout the year.