Living in Belgravia means that you are likely going to come across famous names and faces and moving to such an exclusive area, it might be nice to know who your potential neighbours may be.
Belgravia’s residents have, and still do, include historians, poets, princes, statesmen, industrialists, inventors, field marshals, scientists, actors, politicians, painters and reformers.
Thanks to its geographical importance – back then and today – Belgravia has seen many important faces live in the area.
Mozart wrote his first ever symphony at 180 Ebury Street in 1764 when he was just eight years old. He was influenced by Johann Christian Bach, son of Johann Sebastien, who was living in Belgravia at the time.
Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin and former Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax and Richard Bingham, better known as the 7th Earl of Lucan have also lived in the area.
Joan Collins, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Sir Christopher Lee, Vivien Leigh, Lillie Langtry, actress and famous mistress of Edward VII, Sarah Brightman, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Elizabeth Hurley plus James Bond actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore have all lived in Belgravia, as did Ian Fleming – the writer who created the fictional spy.
More recent faces who lived in Belgravia included Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, who owned a 30,000 square foot property and former Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho also lived near Abramovich in a property overlooking Eaton Square.
Lord Saatchi, Nigella Lawson, George Soros and Lord Norman Foster have made up a more recent influx of well known faces to the area. Without a doubt there will be more names added to this list over the coming years.