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The Complete Belgravia Guide for Your London Trip

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If there ever was a neighborhood that captures the epitome of London elegance, it’s undoubtedly Belgravia. Nestled with grace between the beauty of Buckingham Palace and the River Thames, Belgravia is not just a location – it’s an experience, a soiree of culture, luxury, and iconic British charm. It’s where the classic embraces the contemporary and sophistication meets style, serving every visitor a slice of the London dream.

While this neighborhood isn’t a destination in its own right, there are certainly things to do in Belgravia, you’ll soon realize it’s less about ticking boxes on a tourist list and more about soaking in a vibe that’s distinctly, and splendidly, British – and very posh.

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I stayed in Belgravia during one of my London trips a few years back, and was delighted by this area; it samples the best of West London, but still retains a residential charm. At times, you’ll forget that you’re in the center of one of the world’s largest cities.

Whether you fancy a tipple at a timeless pub, an afternoon tea that’s fit for royalty, or simply a leisurely promenade through its enchanting lanes, Belgravia has it. Below you’ll find a guide to visiting Belgravia, including the basics, the best things to do, where to eat and drink, and where to stay. Use this to plan your time in the area, or perhaps to base yourself here for exploring the rest of London. Either way, you’ll be pleased – I promise! Let’s explore together…

Practical Tips for Visiting Belgravia

📍 Location: Belgravia is located in West London, south of Hyde Park and west of Green Park, with Sloane Square at the southwest corner of the area. It’s just on the edge of Central London, and within walking distance of several major attractions.

🏰 Landmarks: Officially, Belgravia does not have major landmarks or sites within its bounds – but don’t let that deter you! Buckingham Palace is just to the east, and Wellington Arch is at the northeast corner of the neighborhood. As mentioned, Hyde Park and Green Park – and nearby St. James’s Park – are all bordering as well.

🏺 History: Belgravian history dates back to the Tudor period; it was known as the ‘Five Fields’ during the Tudor Period, and became a dangerous place due to highwaymen and robberies in the area. In the early 19th century, it was developed more, and the primarily-residential area still reflects its Georgian origins.

🚇 Public Transit: As it is primarily residential – and still occupied by Londoners rather than overrun by vacation rentals and visitors –, Belgravia doesn’t have as good of transit connections as other areas. The primary tube station is Sloane Square, but Victoria Station (with the Underground and National Rail services) is within walking distance to the southeast. There are buses too, which are generally more efficient given the Circle and District lines’ tendency to run delayed. (Check out suggestions for transit apps in my essential London apps list to find one that will help you get here.)

✈️ Nearest Airport(s): As it is relatively central, Belgravia is far from the major London-area airports (HeathrowGatwickStansted), but is still convenient because of that central location. If you’re coming into London via Heathrow, you can take the Elizabeth line directly from the airport (changing to the Circle line at Paddington), or take the Piccadilly Line (changing to the District or Circle lines at South Kensington) to disembark at Sloane Square.

Belgravia Guide Map

Belgravia Guide Map
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Open this map to accompany the rest of my Belgravia guide – it features many of the activities, dining and drinking establishments, and the top hotels I recommend for the area.

5 Great Things to Do in Belgravia

If you’re wondering, what exactly is there to do in Belgravia? Don’t worry – there are some things! They’re just not the big blockbuster crowd-drawing ones you’ve heard of, but that’s a good thing; you won’t be packed in with everyone else when exploring Belgravia.

1. Attend a Concert at Cadogan Hall

Photo courtesy of Cadogan Hall

One of the best things to do in Belgravia is to attend a concert at Cadogan Hall. Due to its splendid location, imposing presence, and impressive reputation the hall is one of London’s leading entertainment venues.

It can seat 950 guests and boasts exceptional acoustics making it a fabulous place to enjoy a classical music performance. Many of the UK’s top orchestras play here regularly, so this is great for fans of the performing arts.

This venue is also chosen by many jazz and folk bands, as well as being used to host world music events, debates, and conferences. Cadogan Hall is surrounded by elegant diplomatic residences, luxury hotels, and the very best fine dining restaurants which are ideal for treating yourselves to a special meal before your concert begins. 

2. Take in a Show at the Royal Court Theatre

Photo courtesy of Royal Court Theatre

Watching a show at the Royal Court Theatre is possibly one of the most authentic ways that you can enjoy a theatrical production.

This venue is dedicated to discovering, cultivating, and supporting writers above all else, and it is respected for this across the globe for how it accomplishes its mission. There is an elegant bar and kitchen at the theater, which serves all your favorite cocktails, as well as craft beers and gins and an array of soft drinks. The kitchen serves simple food like filled baguettes and charcuterie boards.

Book lovers will love paying a visit to the on-site book store too, which is stocked with a superb collection of best sellers and cultural reads. 

3. Snap a Pretty Pic at Peggy Porschen Cakes

Photo courtesy of Peggy Porschen Cakes

When it comes to Belgravia attractions Peggy Porschen Cakes is very well known by both locals and tourists alike. Dubbed by many as the original “Instagram cafe,” it really is the most exquisitely photogenic of places. It is elegantly decorated throughout in gorgeous pastel pinks and creams, with counters and cabinets packed with stunning, intricately decorated cakes and treats.

This beautiful cafe has visitors from all over the world flocking to enjoy their offerings of award-winning, seasonally inspired layer cakes and cupcakes alongside afternoon artisan teas and coffees. There is also a luxury brunch menu, which is presented in the very same aesthetically pleasing manner.

There are so many photo ops at Peggy Porschen Cakes, you won’t know which snap to share first!

4. Nosh at Duke of York Square Food Market

Photo courtesy of Duke of York Square Food Market

The Fine Food Market at Duke of York Square is a place where locals and shoppers gather to enjoy the superb international food served from the various stalls.

This market is a treat for the senses. Delicious wafts of the various cuisines being prepared to fill the air, there is an excited buzz among the punters and the traders and the food served is of exceptional quality. It is not uncommon for live music performers to entertain visitors as they sit down to enjoy their food.

This is a high-end food market, which is conveniently located near to some excellent shopping and the Saatchi Gallery, making it the perfect way to spend a day. The hardest decision will be choosing an authentic paella or delectable Nigerian stew for lunch!

5. Stroll Through Belgrave Square Gardens

Photo courtesy of Belgrave Square Gardens via Instagram

First designed and planted in 1826, Belgrave Square Gardens was originally created as a green area for the nearby grand residential houses.

Today, an afternoon spent here is one of the most enjoyable Belgravia things to do for the whole family. Younger visitors will love letting off steam in the children’s playground and getting involved at the innovative urban forest school. There are also tennis courts and an outdoor gym, ideal for those who like to keep active.

For those looking for a more peaceful visit, there are also plenty of idyllic spots where you can lay out a blanket and enjoy a relaxing picnic while watching the park life go by. Afterward, you could walk off your indulgences by taking a stroll to discover the garden’s statues, a collection of modern figurative work that perfectly showcases the square’s international nature.

Where to Eat & Drink in Belgravia

Belgravia, with its pristine white townhouses and lush garden squares, isn’t just one of London’s poshest neighborhoods; it’s also a caffeine lover and foodie’s haven.

If you need a boost to keep exploring or simply need to enjoy the coziness of coffee, there are some excellent cafes and coffee shops in the area. L’ETO is a multinational cafe where you can find great specialty lattes, such as pistachio red petal latte and a “Spanish” latte. it’s also one of the best cafes in Belgravia for sweets – mind you, as it’s so popular, the cafe can get pretty crowded during peak hours. The Buttery is a rustic but chic cafe located in the Lime Tree Hotel; It’s perfect for brunch, especially when London gives you a bit of sunshine.

Belgravia does great in the food department. Caraffini is one of Chelsea’s finest Italian restaurants. The service provided here is absolutely top class and despite all the fanciness, the welcome you receive is delightfully warm and hospitable. Melissa’s Kitchen is a great low-key option for some outstanding Turkish cuisine. if you want a more romantic setting, La Poule au Pot is a traditional French bistro with a delightful indoor area that features candlelit tables and a comfortable outdoor terrace.

Next on, pubs! You can’t be in London and not visit a pub. In Belgravia, The Duke of Wellington is everything visitors to the city hope for in a quintessential English pub. The 19th-century building is charming and inviting, particularly in the colder months when the log fire is burning. The Victoria is a local favorite and a must-try if you’re in the area. The Antelope is a beautiful 17th-century pub that offers everything you need on a London night: a hearty dinner and a pint, and then a lively funhouse in the evening with live music and dancing.

As you can tell, there are lots of great options for eating and drinking every time of day when exploring Belgravia

Where to stay in Belgravia

Posh Belgravia is a fantastic place to stay in London, but not everyone has a huge budget. Below is a list to help you decide where to stay in Belgravia, from budget-friendly hotels with quirky elements to one of the most expensive spots in the city

  • The Z Hotel Victoria combines a cool and contemporary place to stay, in a super convenient location all at an affordable price. Located just yards from Victoria Station, it is the perfect place to base yourself when staying in Belgravia. (Book on Booking.com.)
  • The Lime Tree Hotel is a Georgian property that combines luxury and elegance with relaxation. Each room here is unique, but they all share one thing: they focus on providing guests with ultimate comfort. (Book directly on the hotel’s website.)
  • The Hari is the ideal of Belgrave accommodations for the modern traveler who likes to stay in chic, sophisticated surroundings. Besides providing a sumptuous and elegant place for guests, the focus at The Hari is to achieve environmental and social sustainability. (Book on Booking.com.)
  • The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel finds itself located among luxury stores, some typically British pubs, and a collection of swanky restaurants, in the heart of the chic neighborhood of Belgravia. This property is one of London’s top boutique hotels and offers outstanding value for money, the perfect choice for the discerning traveler. (Book on Booking.com.)

There are also some delightful vacation rentals in the area; this is how I stayed in Belgravia during one of my visits. My preferred booking platform is called Plum Guide, and they have some lovely options:

  • And Breathe is a beautiful, airy, bright flat that will have you dreaming of living there forever… or maybe that’s just me!
  • For a little more color and contrast, Gerald Lodge has extra design elements and a lovely small terrace that gives the whole space a very homey feel.
  • Sloane Opulence is close to Sloane Square and has a bit more indulgent details; this is a particular style that might not appeal to every traveler – but is perfect if that’s the way you want to feel during your London trip.

Have any more questions after reading my Belgravia guide? Let me know in the comments below – I can add more info to this guide or write a whole new article to help you!

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