Area Guide.

In central London, in the City of Westminster, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is the district of Belgravia. It is one of the wealthiest districts in London,with beautiful squares and classically-designed, and mostly stucco-fronted, luxury residential properties. It borders Buckingham Palace from the South-West side and is surrounded by Knightsbridge, Sloane Street, and Eaton Square. Belgravia has many embassies located within it and as a result the area has a feeling of peacefulness about it.

Belgravia’s properties are predominantly owned by a mixture wealthy foreign nationals, and British residents of ‘old money’. Past residents have included Prime ministers, composers, novelists and many other people of significant historical interest. Belgravia has a great history,taking its name from one of the Dukes of Westminster, Viscount Belgravia. From its very beginnings, this area has been London’s one of the most fashionable residential districts.

Amongst the best sights and attractions are the Royal Court theatre – which has held such plays as ‘Violence And Son’ and ‘Hang’, the historic St Peter’s Church, and the Wellington Arch. For classical and jazz music lovers, there are also Cadogan Hall and the Boisdale Jazz & Cigar Club. The area has an abundance of characterful restaurants and pubs, with our pick being The Grenadier, tucked away on Wilton Row.

For unrivalled tranquility coupled with sheer, classic elegance and refinement, Belgravia is possibly the finest area to live and visit in London.

On the south bank of the River Thames, in South West  park of Central London,lies Chelsea. With a culture and history all of its own, Chelsea is famous for, amongst many things,one of the most popular football clubs in England,located at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea is one of the most glamorous and expensive areas in London,its luxury properties inhabited by stars, present and past, like Mike Jagger, Elle MacPherson, Oscar Wilde, and Laurence Olivier. It is also the home to the largest American community in the UK.

Its main streets are Fulham Road and King‘s Road, where you can find world-class restaurants, galleries and luxury hotels. The most fashionable place in this area is Sloane Square, famed for its beautiful boutiques, excellent restaurants and antique shops,making it a supreme attraction for those members of the public with more Bohemian tastes.

For entertainment in Sloane Square there is the Royal Court Theatre, a writers’ theatre which regularly puts on brand-new productions nearly every month. Nearby in Sloane Terrace, Cadogan Hall is a gorgeous historical building opened in the 18th century, and is an excellent venue for classical music lovers.

Chelsea is bounded by West Kensington, Battersea, Pimlico, and South Kensington,and is known as a ‘Global Ultra-Prime Residential Area‘. It‘s a tremendous place for living,sightseeing, shopping, and leisure.

Kensington is a district in West London, surrounded Paddington, Notting Hill and Chelsea. The main street in the area is Kensington High Street, just minutes away from the stunning Royal Park of Kensington Gardens. Next to it is the beautiful and expansive Hyde Park, and the glamorous shopping district of Knights bridge.

Kensington is the home district of the Royal Family and some of the wealthiest people in the United Kingdom. It also hosts many embassies and official ambassadorial residences, including those of Russia, France, Japan, Finland, and many more.In this neighborhood are the general offices of the Daily Mail, Evening Standard, and Metro newspapers.

Famous attractions in Kensington include Kensington Palace, the Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial, National History Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Those of you with a refined culinary palate should visit the best restaurants and pubs in central London like The Terrace, Kitchen W8, or The Builder’s Arms. Kensington is a wonderful place to live, with its stucco-fronted vibrance and history.

To the south of Hyde Park lies the luxury residential district of Knightsbridge. With the world’s most exclusive department stores, fashion houses and properties,including Harrods and Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge is renowned across the globe. It is home to some world’s wealthiest people – this is the usual spot for a ‘London pad’, and has some of the most expensive properties, in the world. In 2014 the penthousein One Hyde Park was sold for around £140 million to an undisclosed buyer.

Knightsbridge is located between Cromwell and Kensington Road, and is adjacent to places like Cadogan Square, Ovington Square and Lennox Gardens. This district attracts many tourists with its famous landmarks and visitor spots, like Wellington Arch, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Brompton Oratory, and many more. With fashion houses like Prada, Gucci, and Roberto Cavalli based here, it is also a fashion lover’s paradise.The gastronomic culture of the area is of an elite level: Gordon Ramsay, Pierre Koffman, and Marcus Wareing all own Michelin-starred restaurants here.

For those with rarefied and refined tastes, this is doubtless an area to consider when selecting a residence in London.

Marylebone is a major district in central London which has enjoy a recent resurgence in popularity. It is located within the City of Westminster, containing such historic areas as Marylebone Village, the beautiful Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill. The neighbouring areas are Paddington, Mayfair, Soho, Hyde Park and St John’s Wood, and the most notable streets are the fashionable Oxford Street, Baker Street, Marylebone Road, Edgware Road and Great Portland Street.

Marylebone is a popular shopping location with a wide range of shops and boutiques, restaurants – one of the more famous ones being the Chiltern Firehouse, and cafes like The Orrery, the Winter Garden, and Sherlock’s Bar & Grill.

Many of the buildings are historic with exquisite interiors, and many famous people have properties in this part of London, although, oddly, its best-known resident, the famous Sherlock Holmes, never actually existed! However, this didn’t stop his ‘home’, the real-life 221b Baker Street, from being turned into a dedicated Sherlock Holmes museum in 1989, and it is now a place of pilgrimage for fans of the great, fictional detective.Another popular place to visit in Baker Street is the Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks museum which houses more than 300 figures of music mega stars, actors, celebrities, historical figures, and royals. An incredibly popular place for classic music lovers is Wigmore Hall, built in 1901 with stunning art nouveau decor,and now one of the world’s top chamber music venues with around 400 events per year.

In Marylebone is also the most popular open-air park in London, Regent’s Park. In this remarkable place you can find London Zoo, the Open Air theatre, the royal rose gardens, tennis courts and several children’s playgrounds.

For sheer entertainment and interest, even in the architecture and surroundings, there are very few places in London richer than Marylebone.

By the Eastern edge of Hyde Park in west London is Mayfair, classic and luxurious, rife with offices, embassies, five-star hotels, exclusive shops and restaurants. Residential property in this district is amongst the finest in London. Mayfair is situated between Oxford street, Bond Street, Park Lane and Piccadilly Circus.

Named after the fortnight-long May Fair,which started in Shepherd Market around 1686, Mayfair nowadays is home to the United States, Japanese, and Italian embassies, along with many major corporate headquarters, the Royal Academy of Arts and numerous art galleries. Until 2007, Mayfair was also host to the main headquarters of Cadbury’s.

Alongside Burlington house runs Burlington Arcade, a glass-roofed promenade which has been one of London’s most luxurious, high-endshoppingplaces since 1819. For food lovers in the West End, countless stylish and fashionable cafes and restaurants offer a range of cuisines from all over the world.

Awide and varied selection of international dishes and flavours, stylish pubs, bars,and many other kinds of night life can all be found in London’s most exclusive district. Mayfair is simply an exceptional place to live end enjoy life in surroundings of luxury and comfort.

In west London, at the junction with Kensington Park Gardens, there is the cosmopolitan Notting Hill district, made world-famous by the British romantic comedy film released in 1999 starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. The district is also renowned for the popular yearly Carnival, which has taken place for two days every August since 1965, and the weekly Portobello Road Market.

 

The locale is very fashionable, comprised of Victorian-style houses, shops and restaurants mainly located in the Westbourne Grove and Clarendon Cross areas. It is particularly popular with artists’ associations. You can also see a fantastic mix of performances at The Print Room venue or at the Gate Theatre. The district is multi-cultural, with its luxury properties, small galleries and museums, as well as some of the best restaurants in London, such as The Ledbury, Valentina or Notting Hill Kitchen. It is also superbly located, close to central London.

 

With its beautiful squares and gardens, its festivals and cosmopolitan spirit, it is truly one of the best places to live in the capital.

Paddington is excellent located in the West side of Central London, within the borough of Westminster, and is surrounded by Marylebone, Hyde Park and Bayswater. There are a number of important landmarks, amongst them Paddington station, opened in 1854, made famous by the beloved children‘s book character Paddington Bear. Since the 1960s, there has been a charming bronze statue of Paddington Bear on the first platform. Within the station itself is a large selection of shops and restaurants, including a lovely champagne bar. Hyde Park is a 10 minute stroll away.

Canals are the central feature of the area along with a newly redeveloped residential and business area in central Paddington, close to the station. Alexander Fleming’s Laboratory Museum is a notable attraction for the area.

The gastro-culture of the area is very diverse,such eateries as the French-styleBel Canto to the LebaneseMassis Grill and Bar.

Paddington is full of historical Anglican churches, the most notable of which are St Mary‘s Magdalen‘s, St Peter‘s, and St James’. There is also an excellent choice of hotels in Paddington,including Hilton London Metropole, The Novotel, Caesar, and numerous others.

Soho is a small, multi-cultural area that forms part of the WestEnd in central London. This vibrant, cosmopolitan district is full of entertainments of various hues, culture of all kinds, shops selling both brand-new and vintage fashion, and is infamous for its high-energy  life.

It is also a luxury residential area, surrounded by Mayfair, Marylebone, Covent Garden and hinatown. The streets of Soho have inspired many, such as Great Marlborough Street, on which global tobacco company Philip Morris once had its British factory, and for which the world-famous Marlboro cigarette brand is named.Between 1851 and 1856, Dean Street was the residence of he politico-economic commentator, Karl Marx,and is now home to the Soho Theatre, and the French House pub, which was popular  during World War II with the French government-in-exile.

Nearby is Chinatown with its popular restaurants and boutiques,purveying not only food, but other aspects of Chinese ulture and customs, including many yearly festivals. In this area lies one of the largest residential blocks, Vale Royal House. There is a wide choice of music clubs and venues, and oho Square is home to the offices of Twentieth Century Fox, the English Football Association, and Sir Paul McCartney. In fact, the Beatles opened their first shop in this neighbourhood in 1962.

This area is truly remarkable for its colour and international character, and is inspirational for its distinctive spirit and vivid history. Soho never sleeps.

North-west of Regent’s Park lies the district of St John’s Wood. This luxury area is the 5th highest value area on the London market, and it is excellently located for some of the best green open space London has to offer, both Regents Park and Primrose Hill are a stone’s throw away. Notable residents include  Kate Moss, Lily Allen, Sir Paul McCartney, and a host of others.

The original headquarters of cricket–Lords Cricket Ground and Middlesex Country Cricket Club–are located in St John’s Wood, as are the world-renowned and much-visited Abbey Road Studios,made famous by The Beatles “Abbey Road” album which was recorded there; you’ll frequently find tourists and Beatles fanatics there having their pictures taken crossing the infamous zebra crossing from the album cover.

Excellent restaurants in the area include Crocker’s Folly or Minsky’s New York Deli & Restaurant, with boutiques lining the main thoroughfare of St. John’s Wood Road.

St. John’s Wood is a beautiful area to live, with verdant greenery, classic architecture, and a lot of character.