Things to do near Belgravia
Enjoy the perfect acoustic surroundings
You can hear UK’s top orchestras at Cadogan Hall, and there is a reason for that. It boasts excellent acoustics and it is simply a very beautiful space. Furthermore, for a very expensive area, it is also welcoming and unpretentions. At the time of writing, Cadogan Hall is hosting everything from opera through to rock music and piano recitals. Getting in and out of the venue can be cumbersome at times as it seats a large 950-strong crowd, but you can always linger a little longer and enjoy one of their very reasonably priced drinks. Tip: if you prefer soft and comfortable seating, choose the stalls over the balcony. However, all seating offers a good view of the stage. If travelling by underground, get off at Sloane Square station.
Track down James Bond
The creator of agent 007, writer Ian Fleming was one of Belgravia’s famous residents, and his former home bears a blue plaque to commemorate the fact. It’s at 22b Ebury Street, although unfortunately you will not be able to go inside. The nearest station is Victoria. Later Ian Fleming served in the navy, and eventually purchased another Belgravia property, no. 16 Victoria Square. Two James Bonds – Sir Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore – as well as Sir Christopher Lee (who played one of the most famous 007 villains) have also lived in Belgravia. Sean Connery was based at 7 Eaton Square and Roger Moore was nearby, at 22 Eaton Square. Who else lived at Eaton Square? That’s right, the fictional spy himself.
Treat yourself to something nice
The most obvious shopping destination in Belgravia is the Harvey Nicholls department store, but for something different, check out Motcomb street with its cute boutiques. It has officially reopened in 2017 and it still has a lot to offer. The Queen might like Stewart Parwin, but if you have a taste for fine tailoring, Gio Genco will be more up your street. No one has a bad word to say about Gio, who can make any gentleman look his best. For homeware and linen, turn to Vis-a-Vis (if you have heard of L&B linen, it’s essentially the same shop). They have some delicate, hand-embroidered bedding, as well as little touches that make a home feel like a castle. All this finery is not cheap, but this is Belgravia. Window shopping is a perfectly legitimate past time.