Ah, Belgravia. Where do I begin with such a beautiful London neighborhood? I’ve had an affinity for the area since I stayed here for a few weeks when I first moved to the UK. Over the years I’ve come to love it more as I’ve gotten to know it better. If you want to discover this part of the city, today I bring you a lovely guide to Belgravia, London.
From the floral extravaganza that is Elizabeth Street to the pretty mews and chi chi shops, Belgravia is one of the loveliest parts of the UK capital. Expansive squares, meticulous gardens, and delicious restaurants and cafes all make this one of my favorite places to spend time in the city.
And I spend a lot of time here. I’ve lived nearby for the last few years and it’s been great to get to know the neighborhood in more depth. But even if I didn’t live in the area I could still get well acquainted it. Wedged between Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, and Victoria Station, it’s conveniently located for locals and visitors alike.
Cafes and Restaurants in Belgravia
So let’s start with the pastries. The aforementioned Elizabeth Street is home to some of the prettiest cafes in London, from Peggy Porschen to Dominique Ansel Bakery.
The former is a pink palace dedicated to all things cake and cupcake (not to mention one of the most Instagrammed places in London), while the latter is responsible for bringing the cronut to the UK. Both are decked out in seasonal floral arrangements, making them as pretty as they are delicious.
While these two places take the spotlight, there are other Belgravia cafes and restaurants around them that deserve a mention.
Poilane has some of the best bread in the city, the Thomas Cubitt is my favorite pub, and Olivo—the crab linguine and bitter honey frozen yogurt are amazing—and Uni—I’m obsessed with their tiny tacos—are my go-to restaurants in Belgravia. When I want to get in touch with my Scottish ancestry, Boisdale of Belgravia’s warren of rooms is the place I like to do it.
And that’s to say nothing of Motcomb Street in the northern part of the neighborhood. Pierre Herme’s macaron shop is a classic, and I love the hot cocoa at Rococo Chocolates. In the southern part, Ebury Street’s La Poule au Pot has one of the prettiest dining rooms in the city.
Streets in Belgravia
When I need to walk off the calories (and I always do), Belgravia has no shortage of places to inspire me. From Belgrave Square with its embassies to Eton Square with its gardens and Orange Square with its flower shops and markets, there are a lot of impressive spaces here.
And that’s to say nothing of the mews and side streets. While Belgravia has a lot of them, some are more functional than aesthetic, and a few stand out above the rest.
Kinnerton Street and the many little lanes that come off it are a delight to explore. The pubs are straight out of an old photograph, too. They’re stuffed with historic memorabilia and old-school publicans (don’t even think about using your phone inside).
Halkin Mews is another stand-out. The cobblestones, greenery, and houses are some of the loveliest in London. They always have me sneaking back for another look.
Groom Place is also inspiring. With a little pub tucked in a corner and lots of historic charm, it always tempts me to take detours just to walk down it.
In fact, this whole London neighborhood makes me take detours every time I’m nearby. I constantly find excuses to come here for a cupcake or a cup of tea, and every time I do I’m amazed by how much more I discover. Given it’s been over a decade since I first stayed here, I can only imagine what good things the future will bring to Belgravia.
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