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Written by Mae Bristow - 12 December 2023

Our selection of the best Belgravia bars

In the Tudor period, Belgravia was a dangerous place due to highwaymen and robberies. It’s no longer dangerous today, but housed on its many cobbled streets are the elegant homes of the wealthy elite who, it could be said, commit highway robbery in one form or another.

We may poke jabs at Belgravia with a well-known stereotype, but between the international embassies, garden squares, galleries on Pimlico Road, and designer boutiques on Motcomb Street, Belgravia has so much money there’s actually a pub where its pinned to the ceiling.

Still, we think it’s worth a visit. The streets are picturesque and there are some very lovely pubs that offer great hospitality and excellent Sunday Roasts, and swish cocktail bars for a special occasion.

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1. A liquid library of spirits: The Library Bar at The Lanesborough

Belgravia, London

Arguably one of the swishest places we’ve ever been, the renowned Library Bar at The Lanesborough Hotel in Hyde Park Corner is a time capsule of the Regency era. An experience decorated with plush decor, and cocktails prepared by a team of award-winning mixologists.

The Library Bar has a collection of cognacs dating back to the 1770s, and the atmosphere and ambiance of a private club. This is a special occasion kind of cocktail bar, a black suit and tie-wearing cocktail bar – reservations are a must. There are cocktail bars and then there is The Library Bar, a casual spot it is not, but an experience it is.

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2. Scottish whiskies, cigar terraces, and live jazz: The Back Bar at Boisdale of Belgravia

Belgravia, London

The Back Bar at the Scottish restaurant Boisdale of Belgravia is a snug bar located on the ground floor of the mews cottage behind the restaurant. It offers private hire for up to 26 guests for a sit-down dinner with traditional Scottish fare such as haggis, neeps, and tatties.

A Scottish bar is nothing without the scotch and The Back Bar is in no short supply. What pairs well with scotch? Cigars. The Back Bar sells the Cuban variety which you can enjoy on its cigar terrace. As if we didn’t have ample reason to love this Belgravia bar, there’s a nightly offering of live jazz, blues, and soul. We’ll never go home again.

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3. The Belgravia bar with a ghostly regular: Grenadier

Belgravia, London

A grenadier was a soldier armed with grenades – strong imagery for a traditional pub by this name. Grenadier in Belgrave Square was a former officers’s mess and has taken the meaning of its name into its decor. In keeping with its historical roots, the pub is known to be haunted by Cedric, a soldier who was caught cheating at cards and then beaten to death.

Today, this Belgravia bar is known for its unique pewter bar, Cedric the Ghost, and its ceiling covered in notes of all different types of currency, pinned there by patrons who try to appease the ghost of Cedric by paying off his debt. Grenadier is also known for its gastropub menu and Sunday Roasts, especially its Beef Wellington. We went for the ghost, and stayed for the ale and the Roast.

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interior of the halkin bar belgravia london bar

4. A little bit of Bali in Belgravia: The Halkin Bar

Belgravia, London

Located in the upscale Como boutique hotel near Hyde Park Corner station, The Halkin Bar is a contemporary bar & restaurant that offers traditional favourites, yet it also features Balinese flavours and spices with its COMO Shambhala Cuisine, presented in a modern, chic, and elegant manner that matches its interior design and decor.

It’s the kind of place where you enjoy pre-dinner aperitifs and post-dinner cognacs. We like The Halkin Bar for striking the right balance between sophisticated and relaxed. Minimalist decor, pretty plates, and strong cocktails.

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5. The Belgravia bar with an infamous criminal past: The Star Tavern

Belgravia, London

Today, The Star Tavern is a picturesque traditional pub on a cobblestone street with leather sofas, bookcases, and elegant chandeliers inside. In the 1950s and 1960s, the pub was frequented by London’s criminal masterminds and celebrities alike. It was within these walls that most of the planning took place for the Great Train Robbery, then the century’s biggest heist.

If any heists are being planned at The Star Tavern these days, we don’t know about it, but we can vouch for the homely comfort of the place, the refined and seasonal pub menu, and cold pints. It’s one for Instagram, it’s one for heist lovers, and it’s one for those who like cosy pubs. Lastly, it’s one for private hire, the pub has several gorgeous function rooms ideal for any type of occasion.

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6. A beautifully preserved piece of Georgian architecture: The Thomas Cubitt

Belgravia, London

Named after 19th century Master Architect Thomas Cubitt who was responsible for designing iconic buildings in London’s West End neighbourhood and squares. Whether dining outside on a sunny day or taking cocktails at the bar, we love The Thomas Cubitt for its atmosphere, highly-rated seasonal menu, and dedication to warm hospitality.

The Thomas Cubitt is a top pick location for a private party, its dining rooms are relaxed yet elegant and, as mentioned, the hospitality is warm and inviting. With a number of private rooms available including the Drawing Room and the Atrium, you and your guests will feel absolutey looked ater within this iconic and cherished Belgravia establishment.

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7. Wax lyrical over a cocktail: The Alfred Tennyson

Belgravia, London

The Alred Tennyson is a lovely little pub tucked away on a quiet Belgravia street. Set over four floors, the pub takes its name from the local Poet Laureate, and despite its Belgravia postcode, it has become the casual neighbourhood local for many. It’s the kind of pub to spend an afternoon in.

Outdoor seating, quality cocktails, cold pints, and a seasonal British menu dishing up elevated versions of traditional fare. Pop in for a drink, a coffee, or a Sunday Roast. Hire out one of its private dining rooms for a special occasions. Or just spend an afternoon reading quietly whilst sipping a negroni – we recommend Tennyson’s poetry, of course, but really anything you enjoy will do.

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8. The neighbourhood spot for curated playlists: No 11 Pimlico Road

Belgravia, London

Contemporary, casual, and uber relaxed. No 11 Pimlico Road is the all-day spot in Belgravia. Light interiors and reclining chairs, curated playlists, brunch, and night-caps. It’s the place you go to when meeting friends (if you’re local) or have a day/evening planned in the neighbourhood. From coffee to cocktails, it’s the definition of a casual spot.

With quality cocktails and a playlist for every occasion, No 11 Pimlico Road is an ideal spot for private hire. The Belgravia bar offers two versatile spaces to suit your needs. The Bookshelves is a space that can accommodate 50 standing, and the Private Dining Room accommodates 50 seated or 80 standing.

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exterior of the horse and groom belgravia london bar

9. A traditional pub in a tranquil spot: The Horse and Groom

Belgravia, London

The Horse and Groom – traditional and as pretty as they come. The pub is located in a picturesque cobbled mews off Belgrave Square, minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, and Victoria.

Traditional wood panelling, etched glass, and the photogenic mews location provides an ideal background for your Instagram. Hearty pub food (they do a mean beef brisket sandwich), pints, and ales complete the package. It’s classy, traditional, and pretty – one for the photographers and admirers of traditional British pubs.

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10. The lesser known Belgravia bar: The Fox & Hounds

Belgravia, London

Tucked away behind Sloane Square and the Kings Road, you won’t find this corner bar on Instagram, it doesn’t shout from the rooftops about its Sunday Roast – in fact, the former working mans pub originally operated as ales only and was the last London pub to operate as such until in 1996 when a spirit license was at long last acquired.

The Fox and Hounds is a snug and cosy 19th century pub concerned only with providing quality drinks to its patrons and regulars. No rotating menu or 2-4-1 deals here, just a fireplace, ale, beer, and spirits. It’s down to earth, the kind of pub you find locals – a respite from the intensity of Belgravia and the rest of London for that matter.

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Guide to hiring bars in Belgravia.

Belgravia, an affluent and elegant district in London, is home to some of the city's most exclusive bars and venues. Whether you're planning a sophisticated cocktail party, a corporate networking event, or a private celebration, Belgravia offers a range of upscale bar options to suit your needs. In this guide, we'll take you through hiring bars in Belgravia, ensuring you make the best choice for your event.

Define Your Event Requirements:

Before you begin your search for a bar, it's essential to have a clear understanding of your event's specific requirements. Consider the following factors:

Event type and size Budget constraints Preferred location within Belgravia Desired ambience and theme Required amenities and services

Explore the Types of Bars:

Belgravia offers various types of bars, each with its unique charm and ambience:

Classic cocktail bars Champagne bars Wine bars and lounges Rooftop bars with scenic views Private members' clubs with exclusive settings

Online Platforms:

There are an endless amount of websites that will provide you with a rundown of the best cocktail bars in Belgravia. It can often feel overwhelming to search through these sites. That’s why at HeadBox we work with the best venues and will circulate your event details directly to them. You’ll hear back from trusted venues that have availability and cater to your event. If only it were always this easy.

Schedule Site Visits:

Once you have a shortlist of potential bars. It can often feel overwhelming to visit these sites. That’s why at HeadBox we are proud to offer an innovative and eco-friendly solution to enhance your venue selection process. Our 3D tour videos allow you to experience the venue as if you were there in person, all from the comfort of your device. This not only saves you valuable time and effort but also aligns with our commitment to reducing carbon emissions by minimising the need for unnecessary transportation. Explore, choose, and plan your event easily while contributing to a greener, more sustainable future.

Capacity and seating arrangements Pricing and additional costs Catering and bar services Accessibility and parking facilities Cancellation and refund policies

Establish a Budget:

Ensure that the bar you choose aligns with your budget. Different venues may have various pricing structures, and some may offer packages that include catering and bar services, while others may require you to arrange external vendors.

Catering and Bar Services:

Inquire about the bar's catering and bar services. Some bars offer in-house catering, while others may allow you to bring in your preferred caterer or mixologist. Discuss menu options, beverage selections, and the quality of service provided.

Event Amenities:

Consider the amenities and facilities available at the bar, such as sound systems, Wi-Fi, audiovisual equipment, and any special features that can enhance your event experience.

Accessibility and Location:

Ensure that the bar is easily accessible for your guests. Evaluate its proximity to public transportation, parking availability, and the convenience of the location within Belgravia.

Review Booking Terms and Conditions:

Carefully review the bar's booking terms and conditions, especially the terms related to cancellation policies, deposit requirements, insurance, and any rules or restrictions that you must adhere to during your event.

Event Planning and Coordination:

After reserving the venue, begin planning the details of your event, including decor, entertainment, and any additional services or rentals you may require. Some bars may offer event planning assistance.

In conclusion, hiring a bar in Belgravia can be a luxurious and enjoyable process with proper preparation and research. By clearly defining your event requirements, researching available options, and considering your budget, amenities, and policies, you can select the ideal venue to create an unforgettable and sophisticated atmosphere for your guests. Belgravia's exclusive bar scene and elegant ambience make it a perfect location for hosting upscale and memorable events.

Frequently asked questions

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Consider factors such as the type of event you're hosting, the number of guests, your budget, location preferences within Belgravia, the desired ambience, and available amenities.

Many Belgravia bars welcome site visits to help you assess the venue and discuss event requirements. However, this process can be overwhelming. That's why, at HeadBox, we offer 3D tour videos, providing a convenient and eco-friendly way to explore and select venues. Save time and reduce carbon emissions by experiencing venues from your device. Plan your event effortlessly and support a greener future.

Each bar may have its own booking and cancellation policy. It's important to review these policies carefully to understand deposit requirements, cancellation fees, and refund options.

It's advisable to book your chosen bar as early as possible, especially if you have a specific date in mind. Belgravia's exclusive bars can get fully booked, especially during peak seasons.

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