49 Belgrave Square
|49 Belgrave Square|
|Town or city||Belgravia, London|
|Current tenants||Argentine Ambassador|
|Owner||Government of Argentina|
It was originally known as the "Independent North Mansion"
The house was subsequently acquired by Alfred Beit, and his brother Sir Otto Beit inherited it in 1906. His son Sir Alfred Beit, 2nd Baronet grew up there and on his father's death in 1930 inherited the house, together with his large art collection. He relocated to Kensington Palace Gardens, and sold the house in 1936.
The building was acquired by Argentina in 1936, and has since been used as their Ambassador's official London residence. It has been opened to the public one weekend a year since 2006, as part of Open House London, which notes the "sumptuous interiors still intact".
In World War II, the house became a meeting place and haven for Argentines who volunteered in the British forces, mostly as pilots.
- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1066460)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- Open House London 2013. 2013. p. 70. ISBN 9780956945020.
- Residence of the Ambassador of Argentina, Open House 2013 leaflet
- "Argentine Ambassador's Residence | 49 Belgrave Sq SW1X 8QZ | Attractions | Time Out London". Timeout.com. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- "Sir Alfred Lane Beit". Russboroughhouse.ie. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- "The embassy of the Argentine Republic". Argentine-embassy-uk.org. 24 September 2006. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
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