Monday, September 29, 2008

Belgrave Mews West , Belgravia

This is an attractive cobbled mews which runs from Halkin Place to Chesham Place with a traditional arched entrance at either end. The nicest houses are at the north end nearest West Halkin Street.
The Austrian Embassy is at No. 18, towards the south end of the of mews.
Like Belgravia itself, Belgrave Square was named after Belgrave, a village near Leicester owned by the Grosvenor family.
No. 6 at the northern end is the Star Tavern, a public house built in the 1830s. It was built to cater for the domestic staff in the surrounding great houses. The adjoining mews cottages would have been used for stabling horses and to accommodate the grooms and coachmen. It is a former "Pub of the Year" and is well worth visiting.

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