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Belgravia Community

Elegance and Opulence


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George IV’s decision to occupy Buckingham House as his Royal Palace once he had acceded to the throne was instrumental in Thomas Cubitt’s decision to buy up as much of the surrounding land as he could. His plan was to develop it into an elegant suburb, occupied by what he envisaged would be the powerful aristocracy and the richest people of the time in England.  And so it remains; Properties in Belgravia continue to be some of the most expensive on the planet and house the ‘richest population in the world’.

Thomas Cubitt was the archetypal entrepreneur of his age; a master builder responsible, amongst other things, for developing much of Bloomsbury, Clapham, Islington and Pimlico. Belgravia was perhaps his finest work, a luxurious new development of impressive classical terraced townhouses built on land leased from the Grosvenor and Lowdnes Estates. Chester Square, Lower Belgrave Street, South Eaton Place, Chesham Place, Elizabeth Street, Eaton Square; Just the names themselves conjure up images of opulence and finery.

Such is life that many of these properties are now held on desperately short leases but that apparently has no effect on their desirability and they continue to break all records for value and price per square foot.At the west of this most superb of London districts lies Sloane Square, the home of Peter Jones and a retail institution without equal.

It stands prominently at the eastern end of King’s Road (which surely requires no introduction) and at the opposite side of the square to the underground station.

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Sloane Square will shortly undergo some form of re-vamp when the powers that be finally decide on the plan. Pedestrianisation appears to be the order of the day if the Mayor’s office gets its way.