Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Pimlico, SW1
Estate Agents Area Guide

Why buy or rent a property in Belgravia?

An estate agents local area information guide to living in Belgravia, London

Belgravia SW1
Eaton Square, Belgravia SW1
Houses in Belgravia, SW1
Eaton Square, Belgravia SW1
Belgravia is one of the wealthiest, most exclusive and prestigious areas of Central London, and the world. It is recognised throughout Europe as the largest and best preserved urban Regency estate.

The fashionable area of Belgravia is located south of Knightsbridge and north of Pimlico spread across the boroughs of both City of Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is one of the most elegant residential districts of London and has a cosmopolitan and international feel.

Belgravia is a quiet residential area compared to the neighbouring ones which have far more shops, hotels, offices and entertainment. Most of Belgravia is owned by the Grosvenor Estate. The building regulations are strict and freeholds are rare with property prices being influenced greatly by the length of the lease.

The properties in Belgravia are varied and comprise grand and impressive white stucco fronted houses, many of which were built by master builder Thomas Cubitt, in the second quarter of the 19th century. The beautiful garden squares of Belgravia such as Eaton Square and Belgrave Square are sought after by families and embassies. There are quaint cobbled mews houses, apartment buildings with porterage and mansion blocks. Properties in Belgravia often go from generation to generation but when they do come to the market they sell quickly which keeps their prices high.

Residents in Belgravia include Prime Ministers, politicians and diplomats, British and international families, business leaders, show-business personalities and high net worth individuals. Some of the best schools in London are located in and around Belgravia.

Brief history of Belgravia

The Grosvenor family, headed by Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, has owned the 200 acres of Belgravia since 1677. Belgravia takes its name from Viscount Belgrave which is one of the Duke of Westminster's subsidiary titles.

The southern part of the Belgravia estate bounded by Chelsea, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace was open land called Five Fields and consisted of swamp, pasture and orchards, with a few scattered houses and highwaymen.

The end of the Napoleonic Wars brought a great housing boom to London. This and the conversion of nearby Buckingham House into a palace for George IV in 1826 was the catalyst for the development of the Five Fields by master builder, Thomas Cubitt, as one of the most fashionable and desirable residential areas of Central London. (The Grosvenors had already developed Mayfair 100 years earlier).


A guide to transport facilities in and around Belgravia, SW1

Underground stations
Hyde Park Corner Piccadilly
Knightsbridge Piccadilly
Victoria Circle District Victoria
Train stations
London Paddington First Great Western Heathrow Express
Buses to Belgravia  


A guide to schools and education in and around Belgravia, SW1

Nurseries in Belgravia
Primary Schools in Belgravia
Secondary Schools in Belgravia
Sixth Form and Colleges in Belgravia


A guide to places of interest and recreation in and around Belgravia, SW1

Buckingham Palace
Cadogan Hall
Garden at Buckingham Palace
The Guard's Museum
The Goring Hotel

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