23/10/2016

Helloo London: Belgravia

Although I was originally planning on doing my Helloo London series every month, I have failed, miserably. But in this post, I'm back and adventuring around London, trying lots a few places and sharing my recommendations!

This time around I'm exploring Belgravia, a small district of central London in the close proximity of Victoria, Chelsea and Westminster. As central as it is and although I've lived in London over four years, until earlier this month, I'd really stepped foot in this part of town. I guess you could say Belgravia is a lesser known destination, but let me tell you, its got a lot to offer without the usual Saturday people traffic - except for cronuts. And cronuts are precisely the reason I decided to head to Belgravia.

If you haven't yet heard the hype, Dominque Ansel, the inventor of the cronut - thats croissant crossed with a doughnut - has brought his world famous New York Bakery to London. And let me tell you, it doesn't disappoint. Dominique Ansel has become a household name (at least for instagrammers) with his creation and I encourage you to give it a try! The bakery offers more than just cronuts, its macaron and dessert galore, serving excellent coffee, albeit in tiny cups. The bakery only offers one cronut flavour each month and October was the month of butterscotch. Creamy, sweet and waaaaay to many calories to care about, definitely visit on a treat day!

Cronuts aside, this area also boasts many an independent coffee shop and some great eateries too. Head to La Bollega for deliciously brewed coffee in a quiet and chilled out environment. For pretty cupcakes and a snap outside the baby pink exterior, Peggy Porschen may be your cup of tea. If you're after a bite of lunch, I'd recommend giving Baker & Spice a try for gourmet Mediterranean salads, sandwiches or a good old brunchy vibe. Although it's on the expensive side - hey can you really expect any less from central London? - the service is excellent and the outdoor tables provide a breath of fresh air away from the capital's busiest tourist spots.

Belgravia corners some of London's most famous parts of town including Knightsbridge, Hyde Park, Victoria and Sloane Square so there is more than enough to do when visiting for the day. The Saatchi Gallery, a stone's throw from Sloane Square is a favourite for a gander around interesting exhibitions and always has something for everyone. Hyde Park is a particularly beautiful in the autumn for an afternoon wander and Victoria house's some of the city's best West-End productions - I went to see Wicked there recently and LOVED IT! This part of the city is full of many beautiful homes, clean white streets, pastel mews and patterned tiled floors - the dream!

Let me know if you'll be heading to Belgravia anytime soon and feel free to add your recommendations in the comments below!



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