Belgravia and its famous cousin Mayfair are home to some of the glitziest, the most glamorous and - most importantly - the best quality restaurants in the whole of London. Belgravia alone boasts nine Michelin stars - an incredible feat for a relatively small corner of London. So whether you're there for the food or the star-spotting opportunities, restaurants in Belgravia should be at the top of your list of glamorous London destinations.
There are enough restaurants in Belgravia to keep even the most ardent foodie occupied for days, but to get you started I've compiled a list of my top five restaurants in Belgravia - there's everything from cutting-edge oriental eateries to traditional British bistros, so take your pick and start experiencing some of the best dining experiences that London has to offer.
Roussillon This excellent restaurant, specialising in French cuisine, describes itself as "possibly the area's best kept secret". This is no empty boast, as the restaurant has garnered glowing reviews from a multitude of respected foodie publications. Nestled discreetly on St Barnabus Street, off Pimlico Road, it offers a welcomingly quiet getaway from the vibrant bustle of Belgravia. Roussillon also holds the distinction of being one of the restaurants in Belgravia to possess a Michelin star.
La Poule au Pot Just round the corner from Roussillon is La Poule au Pot, which Harden's guide has named "best for romance" in London on numerous occasions. From the moment you enter, flanked by potted plants and shrubbery, it's clear that La Poule au Pot is very much a timeless recreation of France-gone-by. Generous portions, honest and fine cuisine, and a delightfully cluttered interior complete the romantic atmosphere. Make this your first destination if you're embarking on your tour of restaurants in Belgravia with a special someone.
Hunan A short stroll down Pimlico Road takes us to Hunan, which offers spicy oriental cooking for the most adventurous connoisseur. Leave your preconceptions at the door, because Hunan is so cutting edge it doesn't even offer a menu. Give the waiter a few pointers - how spicy you like your food, what ingredients you can't or won't eat - and the kitchen staff will create course after course of tapas-style serving plates tailored to your tastes.
Since being founded in 1982, Hunan has risen to the position where it can reasonably be considered the best of the Chinese restaurants in Belgravia, if not the world.
Boisdale Closer to home, Boisdale cooks up hearty food made from only the finest Scottish produce. From its bright red exterior to the blues, jazz and soul music that can be heard emanating from within, it's clear that Boisdale stands out from other restaurants in Belgravia. Boisdale isn't for you if you want to eat your food without distraction, because its vivacious atmosphere, nightly live music and busy events calendar make it the perfect restaurant for those who believe dining should be social and enjoyable.
The Orange A recent addition to the family of restaurants in Belgravia, The Orange makes its home in the former Orange Brewery. Affectionately restored to rustic perfection, The Orange serves up comforting food that is nonetheless at the top of its class. Incorporating a hotel, the Orange makes for the perfect base to bed down, eat one of the best breakfasts in London and head out for the day to explore the foodie paradise served up by restaurants in Belgravia.
Ben J White writes for a variety of real reviews websites and real estate blogs based in the UK and aims to highlight the benefits of renting property in Belgravia and Mayfair and points out the benefits of renting, shopping and dining in South London.
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