05 Sep 2018
Tucked away in a corner of Belgravia, just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and lively Sloane Street, Motcomb Street is a charmingly chic destination. With a local, village-like feel, the elegant enclave is all pretty Georgian townhouses, Dickensian lamp posts and hidden courtyards. Take a tour with us around its finest shops and alluring eateries with our guide to Motcomb Street.
Long a retail hub, Motcomb Street became populated with grocers, bakers and cow-keepers, who provided fresh milk, back in the 1850s. The iconic Pantechnicon department store was a magnet for well-heeled shoppers to buy furniture and carriages. Today, Pantechnicon’s unmistakable Neoclassical columns and storefront remain. Motcomb Street was also where the first Jimmy Choo store opened in 1997.
Motcomb Street is lined with glamorously seductive boutiques. For head-turning statement heels, look no further than the legendary Christian Louboutin at No. 23, whose iconic red soles adorn the feet of London’s most stylish.
If you’re after exquisite couture eveningwear, ON Motcomb boutique, No. 11-12, stocks the likes of Elie Saab, Balmain and Giambattista Valli. It also holds ultra-exclusive pieces commissioned each season from select ateliers. Meanwhile, royal couturier, Stewart Parvin, No. 14, offers bridalwear fit for a princess as well as luxurious gowns and tailored suits.
Gentlemen can find bespoke, hand-tailored Italian shirts, suits and accessories at Gio Genco, No. 21, made using the finest fabrics. For gorgeous Italian childrenswear, La Stupenderia, No. 16,stocks the prettiest of mini gowns and smartest of suits for kids. Pick up slinky French swimwear and beautifully cut lingerie at Eres, No. 24a.
One of famed chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s London outposts, Ottolenghi Belgravia at No. 13 is a small-but-sweet deli serving delicious Israeli-inspired salads and flatbreads. Pop in for breakfast or lunch. For aromatic Indian flavours with a fine-dining twist, the Michelin-starred Amaya, just off Motcomb Street, presents a sophisticated take on classic dishes.
Shop for artisanal cheeses at The Fine Cheese Co., No. 17, and while you’re there, refuel with one of its tasty charcuterie platters loaded with tasty cured meats. Opposite, chocolatier Rococo Chocolates’flagship storeatNo. 5 is a treasure trove of naughty treats. Be tempted by their award-winning fresh truffles, ganaches and caramels.
Showcasing classically British works, many of which have a sporting or equestrian theme, Osborne Studio Gallery, No. 2, is a great location to peruse art, and perhaps pick something out for your home. You’ll find horseracing paintings, beautiful bronzes, landscapes and charming figurative works.
Aside from shopping and dining, Motcomb Street is a hotspot for beauty, thanks to its glossy salons and spas. Legendary hair stylist Errol Douglas MBE has his salon at No. 18. Polish up your look with a cut and colour or manicure and makeover. Michaeljohn Spa, No. 8, offers hair and beauty appointments alongside medispa treatments such as skin peels and laser treatments.
Just around the corner from Motcomb Street, Jumeriah Carlton Tower is a luxurious retreat in the heart of Belgravia. Close to stylish shopping destinations and leafy parks, the hotel is perfect for a chic, London escape.