You can almost feel it in the air. Summer. Even though we may have to contend with a little drizzle here and there, that’s not going to stop us from having a fabulous fun-packed season.
In Belgravia, the neighbourhood is loaded with things to do for the whole family- fun places to visit and plenty of things to see, eat, do and share. So whether you’re young or young at heart – there’s something in Belgravia – just waiting for you.
Taking you beyond
Alma Deli is the space for consciousness and wellbeing and everything they do is designed to create and support the individual from a young age. Founder Priyanka has always had a deep interest in what makes the world work – using collective consciousness – and has explored the cultures and traditions of many ancient wisdoms from the Incan Shamans to the Tibetan Monks. Her search has resulted in Alma House, a retreat and research space located in Belgravia that brings people together – children and adults – to promote collective wellbeing via positive habits for everyone where they can explore their own nature and environment, learn about science and spirit and nurture soul, body and mind through activities, classes, food and music. 11 Eccleston St, London SW1W 9LX www.almadeli.com
The art of being mindful
Fancy indulging in a little al fresco painting? Now you can, in Eccleston Yards, where mindfulness and art are top of the agenda. Enjoy a moment of creative calm outside and learn how you can practice the art of being present by devoting yourself to a little bit of creative expression. Select from 10 different painting kits on arrival, each featuring a unique motif and begin! There are also sketching and painting classes over the weekends for children aged 7 – 12 – the Mini MasterPeace Classes – which will really get young creators enthused about the art of creative play, which is not only fun to do but also builds confidence, skill and emotional resilience. 12 Eccleston Yards, London SW1W 9NF www.masterpeace.studio
Expanding your imagination
Throughout August Pantechnicon are running a series of workshops suitable for children, including a special art workshop with artist Miwa Takabayashi. During the workshop children will use ‘Happy Origami’ kits from Japan and will each make three cute origami animals to take home. The art of origami-making has been taught to children in Japan for generations to expand imagination and heighten concentration. By playing with folded patterns and symmetry, they can learn about aspects of maths, geometry and design. Pantechnicon is also running ceramics workshops for children, especially designed for younger visitors. Participants will be guided by experienced ceramics teacher Akiko Matsuda to make animal-shaped plant pots, figurines and pinch pots from terracotta. 19 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB www.pantechnicon.com
Afternoon tea with a twist
Who doesn’t enjoy a summer tea party? This season, Peggy Porschen is pulling out all the stops and has teamed up with Olivia Burton, the seminal British accessories brand. The Peggy Porschen x Olivia Burton collection is a fabulous and playful homage to our age old tradition of tea and cake – where anything goes – and frequently does. Tumble on down the Parlour’s fairy tale rabbit hole and discover how tea time should be done. With sumptuous sweet treats like jammie dodger cupcakes and berries and ‘elderfleur’ slices, how can you possibly resist? Come and try it for yourself – on until 31st August, from 3pm – 6pm, 7 days per week. 6 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ www.peggyporschen.com
The Berkeley Beach Huts
Memories never tasted so good
Want to get away from it all? Then head to this spring outdoor dining spot with five rainbow- coloured huts inspired by Britain’s most iconic foodie seafronts. The perfect place for a spot of lunch, this innovative restaurant is serving made-to-share seafood platters, freshly shucked oysters and other summer favourites including a five star take on fish and chips. Not to be missed, is the Gourmet ‘99 – a luxe traditional vanilla ice cream cone with indulgent flakes and an array of toppings. There are also retro themed cocktails – choose a cherry shandy or what about a ‘Sailor Sour’? Indulge in an unforgettable seaside staycation without leaving the city. The Berkeley, Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL www.the-berkeley.co.uk
Get spruced up – In Belgravia
Whether you are longing for something new or you just want a spruce up, you’ll find the perfect answer in Belgravia. This time though, the attention is well and truly on our younger visitors so head out to find the perfect summer outfit.
Pepa & Co
Pepa gets her inspiration from her large Spanish and British family, creating charming and timeless pieces that are rich in both heritages. The items you’ll find in each collection are so gorgeous that you’ll wish they did them in your size, but hands off – this is for the young and stylish who realise that first impressions last. 40 Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9NZ www.pepaandcompany.com
Princess Marie Chantal of Greece has always been crazy about art and design, and it was when she became a mother that she decided to take it to the next level, creating a wonderful collection of children’s clothes that come from her love of classic, functional and beautiful design inspired by memories of her childhood. Summer is her favourite time of year – so it’s the perfect time to discover comfortable, happy clothes for children who want to have adventures. 4 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8JU www.mariechantal.com
If the shoe fits
A wise woman once said that ‘with the right footwear, you can rule the world’. At Papouelli, you’ll find children’s shoes that are beautiful, classic, and contemporary with a great emphasis on fitting and foot health, which means that every time you visit, you’ll have trained fitters on hand to make sure that you’re getting exactly the right pair. With everything from the cutest baby shoes to teenager styles, you’ll be blown away by their attention to detail. 51 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PP www.papouelli.com
Bring the whole family – Welcome to our four legged friends
Don’t even think of leaving your beloved pooch behind. When it comes to Belgravia, the neighbourhood is a haven for everyone. Many of the restaurants are dog friendly and if you’re looking for some glam time, then look no further than Belgravia for everything your pet will need for a spectacular summer.
Mungo & Maud
The last word in pet elegance, this store has made a name for itself as the boutique to visit when you want to buy something contemporary and stylish for the pooch or feline in your life. Using natural materials (and of course, a strong sense of style), these inspiring products including hand stitched leather collars and minimalist cotton beds, makes it the last word for the most discerning of dogs and cats. 79 Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9PJ www.mungoandmaud.com
With one mission – to eradicate boring design – this is the place to visit when you’re looking for something extra special for that furry someone in your life. With the most gorgeous little outfits ever for dogs and cats and something for you too – this brings a whole new meaning to the expression ‘mini me’. Check out their blog, where they show you all the ways to have some summer fun with your pets. 13 Eccleston Yard, London SW1W 9AZ www.overglam.com
Green spaces to play – in the heart of Belgravia
Inspiration on the go
Let your heart roam free as you meander through our open air gallery, discovering extraordinary work. This exquisite art trail that takes you on a journey through Belgravia is a unique way to explore London outdoors. Get up close and personal with original works by international artists and get the inspiration you want, whenever you want. www.belgravialdn.com/event/wander-art-londons-largest-outdoor-gallery/
If you fancy escaping from everything for a little while, this stunning courtyard is a perfect urban oasis. Great for outdoor dining, it’s a little bit of heaven in the midst of the busyness of the city.
Olympic fun in Eccleston Yards
It’s already been summer of sports – with Belgravia being hosts to giant screens and lots of action for Wimbledon. But to coin an old sports saying, ‘it ain’t over till it’s over’, so if you fancy yourself as a future Olympian, then come and get in touch with the Olympic action in Eccleston Yards from 23 July – 8 August!
Lucy Tiffney Mural in Eccleston Yards
A moment to remember
If you’re looking for a fun photo moment, then head down to Eccleston Yards where you’ll discover the most instagrammable floral mural, designed by award-winning artist, Lucy Tiffney. Lucy, who is a trained textile designer started her murals out of a deep love for creating art works on a large scale. Her techniques are showcased by her painterly approach, unique interpretation and love of the natural world. Enter into her world of natural warmth and gorgeously hypnotic shapes and swirls and share creative moment with your followers – and their kids.
Fancy lunch sur l’herbe or just want to commune with nature and catch up with friends, then grab a picnic and head to Grosvenor Gardens where a green space is surrounded by great architecture. A rare treat when you need a break.