Saturday, 27 April 2013

Interesting Information about Belgravia

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Located in the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Belgravia is a district like none other. It is in the heart of London and is surrounded by famous streets like Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, Grosvenor Place, Pimlico Road, Buckingham Palace Road, Sloane Street. However, the feature that sets this Central London district apart is its calm and relaxing atmosphere. In contrast to it are the neighbouring areas where life is hectic because of the many hotels and office blocks.

Postcodes

Belgravia's postcodes are SW1X, SW1W. These 400 acres of land were inherited by the Grosvenor family and named after a village called Belgrave that was on the family's estate in Leicestershire.

Area history

An interesting fact is that, during the Georgian Period, the houses in Belgrave were made generally on site and had brick facades. Moreover, owing to the influence the Italian style had on the Victorians, the buildings in Belgravia were first covered in stucco and later painted. Modern construction aims to imitate the mews houses style, however, on a different scale. The new houses are gated and offer a more suitable living space to the smaller families of today.

Famous residents

The Academy Award winner, Vivien Leigh, lived and, later on, died at 53 Eaton Square. She won the Academy Award for her role as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). Moreover, in the year of 1764, at 180 Ebury Street, Mozart composed his first symphony. Because of that, the area has of recently become famous for its unofficial name "The Mozart Square".

Transport Networks

In Belgravia there are many types of transport: the Tube, train or bus. Moreover, because the transportation network is exceptionally well connected, there are links to destinations inside the city and the rest of the UK. If you wish to travel to the South or South East part of the UK, you should pick a train from the Victoria Station, Southeastern, Gatwick Express or Southern.

Underground station

From Belgravia you can easily go to any part of London using the four major lines- Victoria, Circle, District Lines and Piccadilly. The underground stations you can go to are Victoria, Sloane Square and Green Park (all in zone 1).

Airport Travel

Travelling to the London airports- Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton- is very easy because of the Victoria Coach Station. It is one of the most significant stations in London, and from there you can also travel to many other domestic and foreign destinations.

Attractions in Belgravia

The shopping area known as Collonade Place, located on the southern perimeter in the residential area, is well-known for its wares. In the middle of Belgravia you will find Ebury Square. It is one of the most beautiful gardens in London.

Gardens and Square

The Grosvenor family, which was the most altruistic family in Central London, is today honoured with the Lower and Upper Grosvenor Gardens. In Orange Square, you can find the Statue of Mozart which is the main attraction on the square.

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