There are many places in London where you can find high-end eateries and luxury clothes shops but, if you’re looking for historical landmarks and cultural attractions, there’s no better place than the beautiful neighbourhood of Belgravia.
For anyone staying at the Piccadilly Hotel London, Belgravia offers a treasure trove of history and culture. As one of the oldest areas in the city, it is home to statues and buildings that have been standing for centuries. Here are some of the must-see spots to fill your time in Belgravia.
The Queen’s Gallery
Buckingham Palace, London
Make your way to the famous Buckingham Palace to find one of the most underrated and overlooked galleries in London. If you’re a fan of history and classical art, you’ll love browsing this unique collection of paintings, sculptures and antiques from the official Royal Collection. Built from what was once a private chapel, the building itself is a work of art and is a great example of London architecture. After being re-opened by the Queen, the gallery has become a must-see art institution in the city so be sure to check it out while staying at the Piccadilly Hotel London.
Birdcage Walk, London
For anyone interested in the history of the military, this hidden gem in the heart of Belgravia offers a closer look at the iconic Foot Guards. Learn more about the timeline of the five different regiments and discover how they have changed and evolved over the last 400 years. The colourful exhibits include displays of antique uniforms, rare paintings, military documents and sculptures dedicated to iconic figures throughout history.
Hyde Park Corner, London
This beautiful building was once home to the first Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wesley and is now one of the most popular monuments in the area of Belgravia thanks to its breathtaking architecture and intricate design. The vast house has been restored over the years and while it is still the official residence of Arthur Wesley’s descendants, there are a number of rooms which have been maintained and can be explored as part of a public tour.
Hyde Park Corner, London
Right across the road from the Apsley House, you’ll find one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. The Wellington Arch was built in 1830 in order to celebrate and commemorate the victories of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars. There are a number of famous landmarks that have become synonymous with the London experience and if you’re looking to document your trip with pictures, Wellington Arch is a must-see.
Sloane Square is one of the most beautiful areas of London and is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for photo opportunities. As you stroll through the square you’ll find all kinds of historic statues and monuments including the Venus Fountain which has stood at the centre for decades. There are also a number of quaint shops and luxury eateries to be found around Sloane Square so be sure to take a trip there during your time in London.