Starting from Victoria station. Belgravia is a district of west London in the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Noted for its immensely expensive residential properties, it is one of the wealthiest districts in the world. Select pictures for larger size.
Start at the Plumbers Arms pub. 14 Lower Belgrave St, SW1W 0LN.
Mon-Fri all day from noon. Closed Sat-Sun. Starting from Victoria Station, cross the road into Lower Belgrave Street. Cheap food served from noon. Free Wifi.
Pub with a long infamous history - in 1974 Lady Lucan ran in here on the night of 'the murder' covered in blood. At 9.45pm on the night of 7th November 1974, a distressed and bloodstained woman burst into the bar of The Plumber’s Arms, Lower Belgrave Street, crying out "Help me, help me, help me. I’ve just escaped from being murdered. He’s in the house. He’s murdered the Nanny!" She was the Countess of Lucan, who had fled from her home at number 46, leaving behind her three children. She was obviously the victim of a serious assault, and the police and an ambulance were called to the scene. The police officers who arrived to investigate found a substantial house with a ground floor, a basement and four upper floors. Forcing open the front door, they searched the premises, and found the children in their bedrooms, unharmed. The door to the basement was open. There was no light in the hall, so they fetched a flashlight. They descended the stairs to the breakfast room, and found the walls splashed with blood, a pool of blood on the floor, with some male footprints in it, and, near the door connecting the breakfast room to the kitchen, a bloodstained sack. The top of the sack was folded over but not fastened. Inside was the corpse of Sandra Rivett, the children’s' nanny. She had been battered to death with a blunt instrument. In the hallway was a length of lead piping, covered in surgical tape, very bent out of shape and heavily bloodstained. The back door was unlocked.
When Lady Lucan was able to make a statement to the police she named her husband as her attacker and the murderer of Sandra Rivett. Of Lord Lucan, there was no sign. Click the picture for the gallery.
Continue along Lower Belgrave street, passing Eaton Square to St Peters Church on your right and turn right and then left into Wilton Mews. Keep on across the junction to the Horse and Groom.
The Horse and Groom
7 Groom Place, London SW1X 7BA. Open all day from
11.30am, closed Saturday and Sunday.
A quaint little pub but beware of the dangerous men's toilets as they have a steep step as you enter, a few pints and you could come a cropper. In the early 60s, the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein lived around the corner in Chapel Street and is said to have had many meetings with the "Boys" here. Click the picture for the gallery.
Continue along Groom Place a few yards and turn left. Turn left again
into Chapel Street. At Belgrave Square turn right and at the end of the
square cross the roads and and continue ahead into Wilton Crescent. Turn
right into Wilton Row and follow the Mews round to the Grenadier.
A good range of ales and good value food.
Reputedly, the pub’s upper floors were once used as the officers’ mess of a nearby barracks, whilst its cellar was pressed into service as a drinking and gambling lair for the common soldiers. One of Londons most haunted pubs with a crucifix to ward off spirits. It was originally built in 1720 as the officers' mess for the senior infantry regiment of the British army, the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards and so was located in a courtyard of their barracks. It was opened to the public in 1818 as The Guardsman and was subsequently renamed in honour of the Grenadier Guards' actions in the Battle of Waterloo. Being secluded in a wealthy district of London, it was frequented in the past by the Duke of Wellington and King George IV, and continues to attract an elite clientele such as Madonna and Prince William. It is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a subaltern who was beaten to death for cheating at cards. Click the picture for the gallery.http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub/grenadier-belgrave-square/c0800/
Exit from the side door into Barrack Yard and walk ahead under the arch and turn left and left again to reach Wilton Place. Cross into Kinnerton Street to reach the Wilton Arms.
71 Kinnerton Street SW1X 8ED Open Mon-Sat 11am. Sun from noon.
Shepherds Neame Ales.
Memorabilia of the celebrities who have popped into the Wilton for a 'quick one' adorn the walls. Visitors have included, Priscilla Presley, Robert Mitchum, Nigel Davenport, Anthony Hopkins and Tommy Lee Jones. Click the picture for the gallery.
Turn right and walk down to the Nags Head.
The Nags Head.
Head, 53 Kinnerton St, London SW1X 8ED Open all day
from 11am. Sunday from noon.
A free house with a slightly eccentric landlord, Kevin. Mobile phones or any other electronic gadgets are not allowed in here. Take off your coat and hang it up. Keep an eye on your glass in case Kevin collects it, empty or not! No Wifi. The pub has a collection of mechanical amusements, penny arcade style. The pub is a freehouse and Kevin favours Adnams beers. Click the picture for the gallery.
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The Star Tavern.
6 Belgrave Mews West. SW1X 8HT Open all day from
11am, Sat and Sun from noon.
Pub where the Great Train Robbery was planned. The Star is a very popular pub, particularly at lunchtimes. The pleasant room upstairs is now a dining room. This room is where the Great Train Robbery was planned. Fullers Ales, served with perfection. Free Wifi. Click the picture for the gallery.
Continue down the mews to the German Embassy at the end. Turn right and
at the junction and then left into Chesham Street, merging into
Eaton place (Nigella Lawson), taking next right into West Eaton Place.
Follow the road round to reach the Antelope.
Lovely traditional pub that is very popular. With five real ales
always available on tap, including great guest and seasonal brews,
and good food.
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Walk on in the same direction, cross eaton Gate and you will see the Duke of Wellington on your left.
The Duke of Wellington.
63 Eaton Terrace, SW1W 8TR. Monday - Saturday:11:00 - 23:00. Sunday:12:00 - 22:30
It was built originally as a reading room – popular among 19th century residents who went there to read the morning newspapers - but many locals said they’d rather have liquid refreshment than reading matter and they won the day! Free Wifi, so you can still read the news. Click the picture for the gallery.
Continue down Eaton Terrace as far as Graham Terrace and turn right. Walk on ahead to eventually reach the Fox and hounds.
The Fox and Hounds.
29 Passmore Street, London, SW1W 8HR Open Mon to Sun - 12:00 'til 23:00
Traditional lunchtime pub classics are served on weekdays from 12.30 until 2.30pm.
Youngs Ales. A tiny pub used mainly by locals.
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Turn left out of the Fox and Hounds into Graham Terrace and walk to the T junction with Holbein Place. Turn right and follow the road round to reach Sloane Square tube station on your right.Please let me know if you spot any error on this website...