From the west windows of Buckingham Palace the blue-blooded can look out beyond the gardens to the terraced street-tops of Belgravia. The rows of patrician, white stucco houses were built in the 1820s, and since then they’ve made up one of the most expensive and exclusive neighbourhoods in central London. The grand squares, Belgrave and Eaton, are dotted with embassies and institutes – you’ll see motorcades aplenty. But Belgravia as a whole is decidedly residential, and even more so resolutely desirable.
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Designed and built by Victorian master architect Thomas Cubitt, it’s one of London’s finest 19th century squares.
The area boasts some of the most expensive properties in the world, at up to £4,700 per square foot.