Grosvenor Place, SW1X

Road in/near Belgravia, existing between 1749 and now

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Grosvenor Place, SW1X

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Grosvenor Place is the main road connecting Hyde Park Corner with Victoria.

It forms the eastern boundary of Belgravia, extending south from St. George’s Hospital (which later became the Lanesborough Hotel) and overlooking the gardens of Buckingham Palace. It was at the beginning of the nineteenth century described as "a pleasant row of houses".

When George III added a portion of Green Park to his new garden at Buckingham House, he sold the fields on the opposite side of the road for £20,000. The ground was consequently leased to builders, and a new row of houses was erected "overlooking the king in his private walks, to his great annoyance."

In maps of London dating from the beginning of the nineteenth century, the whole of the future site of Belgravia, between Grosvenor Place and Sloane Street, appears still covered with fields. In the centre of Grosvenor Place, at that time, stood the Lock Hospital, which was founded in 1787 by the Rev. Thomas Scott.

This area of countryside was originally known as Five Fields, and became a dangerous place for 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.

During the years 1873–76 the appearance of a large section of Grosvenor Place was changed. In place of some dozen or so houses which formerly stood at the north end, five princely mansions were erected. Moving in to these were the Duke of Grafton, the Duke of Northumberland, Earl Stanhope and the head of the Rothschild family.

At the north end of Grosvenor Place, St. George’s Hospital was built upon the site of a suburban residence of the first Lord Lanesborough, who died in 1723.

At No. 17, in the twenty first century, stands the embassy of the Republic of Ireland.


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Goring Hotel The Goring Hotel is a 5-star hotel in London, England.
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London Lock Hospital The London Lock Hospital was the first venereal disease clinic.
Memorial Gates The Memorial Gates are a war memorial located at the Hyde Park Corner end of Constitution Hill in London.
Parkside Park Side was situated on the north side of Knightsbridge.
RAF Bomber Command Memorial The Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial is a memorial commemorating the crews of RAF Bomber Command who embarked on missions during the Second World War.
Royal Aeronautical Society The Royal Aeronautical Society, also known as the RAeS, is a British-founded multidisciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community.
Royal Air Force Club The Royal Air Force Club (often referred to as the RAF Club) is situated at 128 Piccadilly.
Royal Artillery Memorial The Royal Artillery Memorial is a stone memorial at Hyde Park Corner, dedicated to the First World War casualties of the Royal Regiment of Artillery.
Royal Mews The Royal Mews is a mews (i.e. combined stables, carriage house and in recent times also the garage) of the British Royal Family.
St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge is a Grade II* listed Anglican church.
The Athenaeum Hotel The Athenaeum is a family-owned five-star hotel overlooking Green Park.
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Wellington Arch Wellington Arch is located to the south of Hyde Park at the western corner of Green Park.

NEARBY STREETS
Achilles Way, W1K Achilles Way is named for the nearby Wellington as Achilles statue in Hyde Park.
Allington Street, SW1E Allington Street was named after Allington in Lincolnshire.
Ann’s Close, SW1X Ann’s Close is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Beeston Place, SW1W Beeston Place was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate and the family owned land in Beeston, Cheshire.
Belgrave Mews North, SW1X Belgrave Mews North is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Belgrave Mews South, SW1X Belgrave Mews South is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Belgrave Mews West, SW1X Belgrave Mews West is home to the Star Tavern, former rendezvous of the Great Train Robbers.
Belgrave Place, SW1X Belgrave Place is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Belgrave Square, SW1X Thomas Cubitt’s greatest achievement, Belgrave Square, is the grandest and largest of his squares, and is the centrepiece of Belgravia.
Bradbrook House, SW1X Residential block
Chapel Street, SW1X Chapel Street runs south-west to north-east from Belgrave Square to Grosvenor Place.
Chesham Mews, SW1X Chesham Mews is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Chesham Place, SW1X Chesham Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Chester Close, W1M Chester Close is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Chester Close, W1M Chester Close is a road in the W1M postcode area
Chester Mews, SW1X Chester Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Chester Street, W1M Chester Street dates from 1805.
Constitution Hill, SW1A Constitution Hill connects Buckingham Palace with Hyde Park Corner.
Duke of Wellington Place, W1J Duke of Wellington Place is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Duplex Ride, SW1X Duplex Ride is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Eaton Lane, SW1W Eaton Lane is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Eaton Row, SW1W Eaton Hall in Cheshire is the principal seat of the Duke of Westminster, owner of these streets and land of Belgravia.
Eland House, SW1E Eland House is an office building on Bressenden Place.
Frederic Mews, SW1X Frederic Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Groom Place, SW1X Groom Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Grosvenor Crescent Mews, SW1X Grosvenor Crescent Mews is a gated mews.
Grosvenor Crescent, SW1X Grosvenor Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Grosvenor Gardens Mews East, SW1W Grosvenor Gardens Mews East is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Grosvenor Gardens Mews North, SW1W Grosvenor Gardens Mews North is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Grosvenor Gardens, SW1W Grosvenor Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Halkin Arcade, SW1X Halkin Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Halkin Street, SW1X Halkin Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Hamilton Mews, W1J Hamilton Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Hamilton Place, W1J Hamilton Place lies just to the north of Hyde Park Corner.
Headfort Place, SW1X Headfort Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Hobart Place, SW1W Hobart Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Holforoad Way, W1J A street within the W1J postcode
Holforoad Way, W1J A street within the W1J postcode
Hyde Park Corner, W1J Hyde Park Corner is a major road junction at the southeastern corner of Hyde Park.
Kinnerton Place South, SW1X Kinnerton Place South is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Kinnerton Street, SW1X Kinnerton Street - a small winding street - was originally the service road for Wilton Place and Wilton Crescent.
Kinnerton Yard, SW1X Kinnerton Yard is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Lambs Close, SW1W Lambs Close is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Lanesborough Place, SW1X Lanesborough Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Little Chester Street, SW1X Little Chester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Lower Grosvenor Place, SW1W Lower Grosvenor Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Lowndes Street, SW1X Lowndes Street was built by Thomas Cubitt and Seth Smith.
Montrose Place, SW1X Montrose Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Motcomb Street, SW1X Motcomb Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Old Barrack Yard, SW1X Old Barrack Yard is a narrow street of terraced cottages.
Old Park Lane, W1J Old Park Lane is a road in the W1J postcode area
Pembroke Close, SW1X Pembroke Close is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Pont Street, SW1X Pont Street is a fashionable street in Knightsbridge/Belgravia, not far from the Knightsbridge department store Harrods to the north-west.
Roberts Mews, SW1X Roberts Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Roberts Mews, SW1X A street within the SW1X postcode
Studio Place, SW1X Studio Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
The Royal Mews, SW1E The Royal Mews is a road in the SW1W postcode area
The Royal Mews, SW1E The Royal Mews is a road in the SW1E postcode area
Upper Belgrave Street, SW1X Upper Belgrave Street was constructed in the 1840s to connect Belgrave Square with the King’s Road.
Victoria Square, SW1E Victoria Square, a small residential square, lies on land forming part of the Grosvenor Estate to the south of the Royal Mews.
Warwick Row, SW1E Warwick Row is one of the streets of London in the SW1E postal area.
West Halkin Street, SW1X West Halkin Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
William Mews, SW1X William Mews is a partially redeveloped, private Mews off Lowndes Square.
William Mews, SW1X A street within the SW1X postcode
Wilton Crescent, SW1X Wilton Crescent is notable for its affluent and politically important list of residents, present and historic.
Wilton Mews, SW1X Wilton Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Wilton Place, SW1X Wilton Place was built in 1825 to connect Belgravia with Knightsbridge.
Wilton Row, SW1X Wilton Row is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Wilton Street, SW1X Wilton Street was built in 1817.
Wilton Terrace, SW1X Wilton Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.


Belgravia

Belgravia is an affluent area of Westminster, north of Victoria Station.

Belgravia - known as Five Fields during the Middle Ages - was developed in the early 19th century by Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster.

The area had begun to be built up after George III moved to Buckingham House (now Buckingham Palace) and constructed a row of houses on what is now Grosvenor Place. In the 1820s, Richard Grosvenor asked Thomas Cubitt to design numerous grand terraces centred on squares. Most of Belgravia was constructed over the next 30 years.

Belgravia has many grand terraces of white stucco houses, and is focused on two squares: Belgrave Square and Eaton Square.

Much of Belgravia is still owned by the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Group.


LOCAL PHOTOS
The 52 bus
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Boscobel Oaks, 1804
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Belgrave Square
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Grosvenor Gardens Mews East
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Lowndes Street, c. 1905.
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Edbury Square, c. 1906.
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Boscobel Place
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In the neighbourhood...

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The Wellington Statue on the Arch in the 1850s
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Exterior of the memorial in 2013.
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The 52 bus
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Belgrave Square
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Eaton Square
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Grosvenor Gardens Mews East
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Hyde Park Corner in 1842, looking east towards Piccadilly. The entrance to Hyde Park through Decimus Burton’s Ionic Screen is on the left, and behind it, in darker stone, is Apsley House.
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Boscobel Place
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