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.
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; here are the best things to do in Belgravia whether you just have a few hours or decide to stay in this area and soak it all in.
Editor’s Note: Looking for something different one year, my partner and I stayed in a small Belgravia flat in one of those iconic buildings. It’s a delightful area to explore on foot if you want to dream of living in London someday… time to start saving up! – Valerie
1. Attend a Concert at Cadogan Hall
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
6. Visit the Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market
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Without question, the Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market is one of the best things to do in Belgravia – especially if you’re looking to feel like a local while staying in the area.
Packed full of stands and stalls overflowing with delightful seasonal produce from local farmers and producers you are guaranteed to find all sorts of treats and indulgences to try. Pimlico is a stunning location, offering plenty of organic space and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Be sure to take your shopping bags ready to be filled with freshly squeezed juices, free-range eggs, seasonal game meats, and artisan breads and cheeses.
The market is open every Saturday and depending on when you visit will depend on what specials are on offer. Wild garlic is in season in March, apples in August, and of course turkeys in December!
7. Explore Sloane Square
A great way to spend some time in London is to explore all the delights that Sloane Square has to offer; this area is just within the bounds of Belgravia but is worthy of exploration on its own.
A true melting pot of culture, this vibrant area has become synonymous with opulence. The square itself is quite a small landscaped space featuring benches and manicured trees. Popular stores and restaurants surround the square and you will also find a world-famous concert hall and theater here.
Have any questions about how to spend your time in Belgravia and the best things to do in this beautiful part of London? Let me know in the comments below!