In this feature Anthea Massey provides a wonderful snapshot of Belgravia, covering its history, residential offering, three main shopping streets (and a great array of individual retailers) and cultural offering, alongside a number of lovely images.
The article refers to Belgravia’s “superb central location…wide and spacious squares…well-maintained streets…charming secret lanes…grand cream-painted stucco terraces…village atmosphere…and charming independent retailers” as well as focusing on some of the characters on the estate.
“Belgravia is a very special place, but it is changing. There was a time when owners didn’t go out to shop, they sent their servants instead. Now they go themselves and they want attractive local shops on their doorstep.
The Grosvenor Estate has worked hard to improve Belgravia’s shopping, with an impressive cathedral-like Waitrose, useful local stores and charming independent retailers in Motcomb Street, Elizabeth Street and Pimlico Road.
Look out for Patricia Roberts for handknits and Egg for beautiful flowing robes, both in Kinnerton Street, along with the Judith Blacklock Flower School; Rococo for chocolates, Annick Goutal for perfumes and Christian Louboutin for his famous red-sole stiletto shoes, all in Motcomb Street. Philip Treacy for hats, Les Senteurs for perfumes, Tomtom for cigars, Mungo & Maud for the pampered pooch, Jereboams for wine, Poilâne for sourdough bread and Donna Ida for designer jeans are in Elizabeth Street.