Many visitors to London often make their way to Buckingham Palace and forget to venture further west beyond Grosvenor Place, which borders the gardens to the rear of the palace. Taking those extra few steps will see London open up into an exclusive and beautifully presented historical quarter called Belgravia. It should be on everyone’s radar and we’re going to tell you why!
A Guide to a Day Trip in Belgravia
14th December 2022
A Guide to a Day Trip in Belgravia London
Planning a trip to Belgravia
This small neighbourhood nestled under the wing of Hyde park to the North is one of London’s most exclusive zones. Regency-style buildings with squares and crescents displaying some of the best architecture in our capital will greet us at every corner. And as modern-day London blends with its vibrant past, Belgravia comes into its own to show us exactly how it’s done.
The area offers bespoke and high-end boutique shopping, world-class cuisine and a plethora of other exciting opportunities. Even ambling without purpose through the streets of Belgravia is an attractive proposition in itself. Many hours can be spent strolling from Hyde Park Corner, through Belgrave Square and down to Ranelagh gardens. On a map, Belgravia appears to be a tiny slice of London’s footprint. However, the twists and turns of these streets are paved with history and bear a larger-than-life persona. Day trips to London simply would not be complete without paying a visit.
So, here are some of our favourite things to do while out for a day trip in this opulent area of London that we think you’ll enjoy too.
Eat, Drink and Shop at Pantechnicon
Location: 19 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB
One of the most unique things to do in Belgravia is to visit the fantastic Pantechnicon venue. Here, we see a mixture of Japanese and Nordic traditions fuse together in the most incredible way.
There is ample opportunity to sample the delights from both countries as well as make purchases and enjoy some hands-on experience. The location houses a studio featuring fashion, homeware and gifts uncovered during travels to these amazing countries. And beyond that, there is a world of culinary delights to feast our eyes on.
Try exclusive sake in the intimate micro bar where tasting is a must and purchases can be made. Paying a visit to Café Kitsuné will further tantalise the taste buds in this setting inspired by Paris with a very Japanese twist. Pastries are prepared daily to enjoy with a coffee.
On other levels, there is the Sachi restaurant as well as Eldr, which are home to exquisite Japanese and Nordic dishes respectively. And we can complete our visit to Pantechnicon by heading up to the roof garden to enjoy a drink in the botanical hideaway.
Peggy Porschen Parlour
Location: 116 Ebury Street, London
Peggy Porschen is a self-proclaimed destination for escapism and dreaminess. And it is achieved through the power of cake baking. The setting is also a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. It is a very pink and fluffy affair that continuously evolves under the creative direction of owner Peggy Porschen.
They have an extensive range of cakes and confectioneries produced by a skilled team of pastry chefs. They’re forever pushing the boundaries and creating new tastes to ‘wow’ us with every mouthful. It truly is a fairy tale backdrop that appeals to locals and tourists alike. Who wouldn’t want to break away from reality and sit up on a pink cloud of sugary loveliness for a moment? Naturally, exclusive cakes can be made to order for any occasion if anybody is looking to add the final touches to a wedding, birthday party or other celebration.
Location: 26 Pimlico Road, London
Many years of dealing in French art nouveau glass and furniture led to the establishment of this amazing Belgravia centrepiece. Gallery 25 truly is an inspiring location that takes its name from the art deco exhibition in 1925. The gallery began in 1979 and continues to offer unusual items of upholstery, lighting and more.
It’s no lie to say that a trip around the gallery is unlike any other and all day trips to London should include a visit. There is a chance to get our hands on some of the most unique and exclusive pieces that can enhance any collection. It’s also an amazing way to add a touch of class to our home decor.
Motcombs Bar and Restaurant
Location: 26 Motcomb Street, London
Price: Breakfast £10+ Lunch £30+
Motcombs Bar & Restaurant began life in 1982 when it was opened by the then owner of Scott’s Restaurant on Mount Street. It didn’t take long to settle into its surroundings and over the years it has become a Belgravia institution. The façade presents Dickensian windows looming over a historic restaurant with an eclectic collection of art and photos. Everything seems to capture moments in time over the last three decades.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week—closing at 1 am after a hard day’s work serving the Belgravia public. The menu is lovingly prepared to present a sustainable conscience and a keen desire to please everyone. Breakfast time offers a chance to sample some delectable pastries as well as larger plates such as eggs benedict or smashed avocado on toast.
Lunch and dinner offer the a la carte menu with starters ranging from crab salad to chicken gyozas as a range of Mediterranean, North Africa and Asian Fusion begins to unfold. Moroccan aubergine paired with mint holds a surprising place next to Belgravia burgers and beef bourguignon. Pasta dishes, salads and various sides provide a taste adventure for everyone who walks through the door. The wine list is also captivating and comes with a fantastic range of bubbly, whites, rosés and reds as well.
Haynes Fine Art
Location: 70 Pimlico Road, London
Haynes is a family-run fine art dealership that came from humble beginnings and grew to become one of the largest dealers of fine art. Millions of pounds worth of stock change hands every year with an extensive inventory of incredible pieces available for sale. Collectors and one-off buyers can find an amazing choice with Haynes.
Situated on Pimlico Road, the dealership is perfectly placed to serve residents from all over West London. Anyone planning day trips to London can call ahead or check out the website to see the current collection before they arrive.
Location: 19 Eccleston Yards, London, London, SW1W 9AZ
Price: £16 single class
Anyone looking to re-energise and rejuvenate while enjoying the many things to do in Belgravia may want to check out the Hotpod Yoga studio in Eccleston Yards. The yoga instruction here is based on the Vinyasa Flow yoga program. It takes place in demanding surroundings at 37ºC. It is a real test for the body and spirit and it puts us through our paces. The end result is an incredibly invigorating feeling. It all takes place in the Hotpod surrounded by mood lighting, music and some beautiful fragrances as well.