26 March 2020
It is a place of graceful Regency-style streets, smooth sweeping crescents and verdant garden squares, where cream-stucco mansions mingle with picturesque mews houses, and embassy buildings with independent, one-off shops and art galleries.
It hasn't always been a place of prestige, however. Belgravia was once considered a perilous destination, with a reputation for crime and violence. In 1728, a man's body was discovered by the bridge with half his face and five fingers removed. In 1749, a muffin man was robbed and left blind. In 2020, the most violent sounds are likely to come from the exhaust of a Lamborghini Aventador.
In the spirit of ITV's latest hit show Belgravia, SW1X will always be the place to be, as exclaimed by the Countess of Brockenhurst: “East London?” The Countess looked increasingly puzzled. It was as if they were discussing some recently discovered civilization on the other side of Zanzibar.”
A mid-terraced, Grade II listed family house set back from the road, situated on an exclusive street in the heart of Knightsbridge. On the same street you'll find The Berkeley hotel and St Paul's Church, where Lady Randolph Churchill (mother of Prime Minister Churchill) got married. Motcombs, a favourite of silver-haired gents who like to roll up their sleeves and smoke cigars, is your go-to restaurant. For something healthier, The Good Life Eatery will satisfy any matcha-slurping yummy mummy. The house has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, finished to a high standard throughout. What's not to like? Especially the elegant first-floor drawing-room, off which leads the deep private terrace.
This world-class estate comprises a rare collection of apartments, penthouses and townhouses woven naturally within 12.8 acres of traditional garden squares. Designed to redefine luxury living, Chelsea Barracks was created to celebrate British heritage and craftsmanship, though this plan did not come about easily. Back when the site was being repurposed (the Ministry of Defence sold the site in 2007 to the Qataris for a reported £959 million) the Qataris were about to give the go-ahead to Lord Rogers' original modernist design. Step in Prince Charles. So appalled was he by the renderings, he set up a face-to-face meeting with the emir, causing him to order aides to withdraw the plans. We're certainly not disappointed with the result.
Price Range Of £2,375,000 - £55,000,000, savills.com
Yes, we know it's empty and we've never featured an unfurnished property but look at that facade. The previous refurbishment to this stately home was under the direction of internationally acclaimed interior designer Robert Kime, hence the stunning book-matched marble slabs and wooden floors. This is how we envisage the living room: Steinway in the main room (obviously) with a cowhide rug underneath, Modigliani nudes scattered throughout, Arco floor lamp, large Cactus in the corner and a Franco Albini bookshelf to break up the space. We're amazed Lenny Kravitz hasn't hired us as his personal interior designer.