News & Events

  • Newsletter. April 2021

    Dear All,


    The Pimlico Road and all the neighbouring streets are throwing open their doors to welcome you back into their showrooms. Several shops have sent me updates on their new products . Over the past year every single one of them has continued striving to create new designs in Furniture, Textiles, Lighting, Jewellery, Fashion, Porcelain, Glass, Bronze and a myriad of other materials to tempt you back into the ever changing fray of the Design World. Art Galleries and Antique Dealers have discovered wonderful new treasures to make you swoon. Come along and discover all that is new and exciting in Belgravia.

    Interior Designers commission books are bulging and orders continue to flood in from around the world. Spring has burst upon us even if it is still rather chilly. Many of our marvellous eateries have tables outside for you to take a break and find something delicious to sustain you on your travels around our glorious collection of Galleries, showrooms and shops. 
    Flowers and shrubs bedeck the gardens, the florists windows and many a showroom along the Road. A technicolour world of Design, Lifestyles , Food and Nature awaits your return. So, please, get you and your friends together and make The Pimlico Road a must visit destination now that you have regained your freedom to shop.

    Welcome home.
    Regards and best wishes to you all.
    Mark Boyce

  • Albert Roux 1935-2021 and Michel Roux 1941-2020

    We remember the brothers Michel Roux, who died on the 11th of March last year , and Albert Roux who died on the 4th of January this year.

    Albert Roux and his younger brother Michel will always be a part of our area’s long and varied history for in 1967 they opened their restaurant “Le Gavroche” on Lower Sloane Street which was soon to become world famous and eventually garnered 3 Michelin Stars which they held for 25 years. 

    A first for any restaurant outside France. In 1982 “Le Gavroche” moved to Upper Brook Street in Mayfair whilst the Lower Sloane Street Restaurant was renamed “Gavers” . In 1984 they set up the “Roux Brothers Scholarship” and went on to train many of Britain’s now internationally known chefs.
    Sadly I never dined at “Le Gavroche”  but luckily managed one guest visit to Gavers when I came to work in the Pimlico Road in 1979.

    Over the years I met both brothers occasionally, Michel was suave, sophisticated and stylish, Albert larger than life , jovial and what we imagine a Master Chef to be like. Both had great charm, charisma and an ease of conversation which was most beguiling. The Caraffini Restaurant took over the space soon after they left and I am glad to say it still continues well over 20 years later.

    The brothers split the business in 1986, Albert remaining in charge of “Le Gavroche” and other restaurants around the world. In 1982 Albert Roux opened the “Boucherie Lamartine” on Elizabeth Street which transformed into a deli and retail traiteur until it closed in 1999.

    This became a mainstay for many a Belgravia hostess in need of something special for their luncheon and dinner parties. I know their many delicious dishes saved my bacon on numerous an occasion and often became a lunchtime treat to be eaten in the shop on a busy day. 

    Lulu Lytle remembers the Celariac Remoulade with affection. My favourite was the Ouef en Gellie with Salmon Roe. After several incarnations the premises now houses the business of Tomasz Starzewski.

    We convey to all the Roux family our deepest sympathy at the loss of their two remarkable family members within less than a year, Michel and Albert.

    Mark Boyce

  • PRA News Letter 06/11/2020

    Dear all,

    Here we are in the middle of the first week of the second lockdown. Who would have thought it? I last wrote to you way back in April. The complicated and very difficult choices the Government have had to make leads to every option being tried for the good of us all. I am sure all our clients, old and new, are making the most of this unfortunate situation and doing their best to stick to the guidelines recommended . Keep up the good work and remain positive.

    I have received many updates from the businesses on The Pimlico Road to tell me how they have adapted to the various restrictions and how they continue to do business. Lots have seen business flourish online. Do check out their websites. Many are open for business by appointment within their showrooms with excellent precautions put in place to make the experience both safe and enjoyable. Please get in touch with any of them should you wish to discuss a project, make a purchase or place a special order.

    I have just been looking at the PRA website and find that many of our  local businesses have not signed up to be included which saddens me . Don’t despair. You can find them ALL on our landlord’s, The Grosvenor Estate,  excellent website This will lead you to our neighbouring streets of Elizabeth Street and Motcomb Street as well. Added to this you can discover all the wonderful shops across Park Lane in Mayfair too.

    If you need a retail fix take a stroll around Belgravia and Mayfair from the comfort of your armchair at home. Make some new discoveries and when lockdown is over you can return to both these unique resources for independent retailers . Art , Architecture, Books and Antiques. Food, Fashion, Furniture Design , Jewellery and Flowers. Interior Design, Lighting, Lamp Shades and Textiles. Bathrooms, Carpets, Kitchens and anything else you can think of can all be found in our many showrooms . Happy Hunting.

    Look after yourselves and those you love. We look forward to seeing you again in safer times. Regards and best wishes.

    Mark Boyce