Belgravia & Chelsea

Palatial terraces and magnificent squares define one of London’s most exclusive districts

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Speculative residential development rarely comes grander than this. Before the rapid expansion of middle-class London in the Victorian age, Belgravia was an ambitious exercise in aristocratic agglomeration, where an extraordinary collection of monumental terraces lined with ambassadorial townhouses and overlooking majestic squares would offer every man the chance to live like a king. In so doing the seed of privatised regality that has still defines the higher echelons of London’s property market to this day was sewn on the most lavish scale imaginable. Combined with a rich military history and the distinctive cream stucco facades that adorn its spectacular terraces, Belgravia emerges as one of the most ambitious social, architectural and commercial experiments London has ever undertaken.

Highlights:

  • Royal Hospital Chelsea

  • Peter Jones, Sloane Square

  • Wellington Arch

WALK START LOCATION:      Hyde Park Corner tube station (Exit 2) / Map

WALK ENDS: King's Road

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ALL WALKS KEY:

STYLES / PERIODS Featured

GO   GOTHIC / PRE-

         MEDIEVAL

 CL    CLASSICAL

MO   MODERN /

        CONTEMPORARY

1   BIG BEN / PARLIAMENT

2   BRITISH MUSEUM

3   BUCKINGHAM PALACE

4   GHERKIN

5   LONDON EYE

6   OLYMPIC PARK

7   ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

8   SHARD

9   TATE MODERN

10  TOWER OF LONDON /

      TOWER BRIDGE

11  TRAFALGAR SQUARE

12  WESTMINSTER ABBEY

LANDMARKS Featured