Belgravia

Belgravia (/bɛlˈɡrviə/)[1] is an affluent district in Central London,[2] covering parts of the areas of both the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Belgravia

Chester Square, Belgravia, in March 2009
Belgravia
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ275795
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtSW1X, SW1W
Dialling code020
PoliceMetropolitan
FireLondon
AmbulanceLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
UK
England
London
51.49795°N 0.15453°W / 51.49795; -0.15453

Belgravia was known as the 'Five Fields' during the Tudor Period, and became a dangerous place due to highwaymen and robberies. It was developed in the early 19th century by Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster under the direction of Thomas Cubitt, focusing on numerous grand terraces centred on Belgrave Square and Eaton Square. Much of Belgravia, known as the Grosvenor Estate, is still owned by a family property company, the Duke of Westminster's Grosvenor Group, although owing to the Leasehold Reform Act 1967, the estate has been forced to sell many freeholds to its former tenants.