Exploring beautiful Belgravia
Posted on June 27 2019
The whole of June has been exciting getting to know Belgravia neighbourhood during our pop up boutique. By now, we've explored enough to be able to share with you some local tips of this beautiful and quintessential neighbourhood in London. There's so much to do, see, shop and eat, away from any chains, it will keep you occupied for a long time.
If you're an instagrammer, the first thing that pops to mind when mentioning Belgravia is probably the popular and very photogenic pink Peggy Porschen shop. There is more than PP in Belgravia. First up is definitely our cute little pop up on 34 Elizabeth Street which is opposite Peggy Porschen. A few of my favourite places are listed below.
I knew Elizabeth Street since the first few years I moved to London, probably about 10 years ago. I was lucky enough to be living a couple of minutes away at a friend's apartment. It has always been a lovely street but it has since bloomed into a pretty little street filled with independent boutiques, cafes and shops. It has a very intimate and quintessential feel albeit being so close to the busy Victoria Station.
Hidden below the boutique The Hari Hotel is Il Pampero, a charming yet glamorous Italian restaurant with fresh pasta made on-site. An Italian gem in the midst of Belgravia, there's even an alfresco garden terrace for those glorious summer days. If you were wondering who designed the space, it's non other than the celebrated Tara Bernerd who's also local to Belgravia.
20 Chesham Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HQ
One of my favourite cafe in the area to shop for seasonal organic produce and healthy food. It is has a relaxing atmosphere, plus they also make one of the best eggs benedict in my opinion. I think the key to its benedict success is the outdoor-reared Gloucester ham, along with the perfectly made hollandaise sauce. What's even more exciting, they hold workshops and events such as block printing, monthly supperclubs, water colour painting and many more.
44B Pimlico Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 8LP
Cronut, a fusion of croissant and donut. Although not my favourite, many adores. I'm more a fan of the buttery and sugar crusted Breton cake, Kouign Amann. Another dessert which I like to try but haven't will be the frozen s'mores. Let me know if it's worth the calories if you'v tried it before.
For those of curious about how the Cronut came about in Dominique's kitchen, Condé Nast Traveler wrote an article about it here.
If you're a keen baker and interested to make your own Kouign Amann, here's the recipe.
17-21 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RP
After much eating, workout or shopping, and in need of some pampering, head on to the Scandinavian wellness and beauty haven SMUK. Here you can get a hair cut, massage, facials, nail and even clothes shopping.
20-21 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, London SW1W 9NF
Photo credit: Bruch n Grind