Belgravia & Pimlico

Belgravia

Belgravia is one of the wealthiest districts in the world situated in the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.  Inevitably a great deal of interest is generated when Belgravia properties come on to the market. It is imperative that when a deal is agreed, clients can secure their purchase by instructing local conveyancing solicitors who can expedite exchange of contracts whilst ensuring that all requisite enquiries are undertaken. At Terence St J Millett Solicitors we deal in low volume high value conveyancing and can therefore devote days to each transaction. It is for these reasons that local estate agents have recommend us and clients have instructed us as their chosen conveyancing solicitors in Belgravia. We have acted in all of the most exclusive Belgravia locations, including Belgrave Square, Eaton Square Chester Square, Wilton Crescent and Lowndes Square.

The district lies mostly to the south-west of Buckingham Palace, and is approximately bounded by Knightsbridge to the north (the street of that name, not the district), Grosvenor Place and Buckingham Palace Road to the east, Pimlico Road to the south and Sloane Street to the west.

Belgrave Square, one of the grandest and largest 19th century squares, is the centerpiece of Belgravia.

Eaton Square is one of three garden squares built by the Grosvenor family. The houses in Eaton Square are large, predominantly three bay wide buildings, joined in regular terraces in a classical style, with four or five main storeys, plus attic and basement and a mews house behind. The square is one of London's largest and is divided into six compartments by the upper end of Kings Road (northeast of Sloane Square), a main road, now busy with traffic, that occupies its long axis, and two smaller cross streets. Most of the houses are faced with white stucco, but some are faced with brick.

Upper Belgrave Street is a wide one-way residential street graced with a series of very grand and imposing white stuccoed buildings. It stretches from the south east corner of Belgrave Square to the north east corner of Eaton Square. Upper Belgrave Street is an exclusive and highly desired address, home to some of the most expensive properties in the world. It has some very large houses, as large as those in Eaton Square itself.

Chester Square is a smaller, residential garden square, the latest of the three garden squares built by the Grosvenor family.

Wilton Crescent has been home to many prominent British politicians, ambassadors and civil servants. Like much of Belgravia, Wilton Crescent is characterised by grand terraces with lavish white houses which are built in a crescent shape, many of them with stuccoed balconies.

Lowndes Square, like much of Belgravia, is characterised by grand terraces with white stucco houses. To the east lies Wilton Crescent and Belgrave Square. The square runs parallel with Sloane Street to the east, east of the Harvey Nichols department-store and Knightsbridge tube station.

Notable residents have included Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister Arthur Neville Chamberlain, Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, James Bond novelist Ian Lancaster Fleming, actor Sir Sean Connery, actor Sir Roger Moore and more recently Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, (in Lowndes Square), Britain's longest recent Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Lady Thatcher (in Chester Square), composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, celebrity cook Nigella Lawson.

The nearest London Underground stations are Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge and Sloane Square. Victoria station, a major National Rail, tube and coach interchange, is to the east of the district. Regular bus services run to all areas of Central London from Grosvenor Place.

Pimlico

Pimlico is a small area of central London in the City of Westminster. Like Belgravia, to which it was built as a southern extension, Pimlico is known for its grand garden squares and impressive Regency architecture.

The area is separated from Belgravia to the north by Victoria Railway Station, and bounded by the River Thames to the south, Vauxhall Bridge Road to the east and the former Grosvenor Canal to the west.

At Pimlico's heart is a highly disciplined grid of residential streets including a grid of handsome white stuccco terraces now protected under the Pimlico Conservation Area. Pimlico is also home to the pre-World War II Dolphin Square development and the pioneering Churchill Gardens and Lillington and Longmoore Gardens estates, now designated conservation areas in their own right. The area has over 350 Grade II listed buildings and several Grade II* listed Churches.

Notable residents have included politician Winston Churchill, designer Laura Ashley, philosopher Swami Vivekananda, actor Laurence Olivier, illustrator and author Aubrey Beardsley, Kenyan nationalist Jomo Kenyatta and inventor of lawn tennis Major Walter Wingfield.

The largest and most opulent Pimlico houses were built along St George's Drive and Belgrave Road, the two principal streets, and Eccleston, Warwick and St George's Squares. Lupus Street contained similarly grand houses,

Pimlico is served by Pimlico station on the Victoria Line and Victoria station on the Victoria, District and Circle Lines. It is also served by National Rail services to London Victoria Station. Pimlico would be connected at Victoria to the proposed Chelsea-Hackney line (Crossrail 2). Plans under consideration for the redevelopment of Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station include a pedestrian bridge stretching across the river from St. George's Square.