Quiet, calm and downright lovely, Pimlico is a small residential area nestled north of the River Thames. Not many people know about Pimlico but its close proximity to the Tate Modern and Buckingham Palace and easy commute into the heart of London make it an ideal place to set up home. Escape the chaos of the city and take a stroll through this leafy pocket of London – here are 16 reasons why you will soon fall in love with Pimlico.
Pimlico is well known for its regency architecture and sweeping white stucco façades. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself a home in one of these beautiful buildings you will be the envy of all your friends and family. That’s if you can afford it – the average weekly rental price for a two bedroom apartment in Pimlico is £755.
There are over 350 Grade II listed buildings in the area and several heritage-listed churches – so feast your eyes on these very special examples of British architecture.
With plenty of parks and gardens, quiet roads and good schools, Pimlico is a great place for families to live. The schools in the area have all received positive ratings from Ofsted and Pimlico is considered to be a very safe and secure part of London.
Pimlico has been home to some of London’s most prominent historical figures including Sir Winston Churchill, Joseph Conrad and Laura Ashley. A few famous faces can be seen grabbing a coffee at one of the local cafés in the area. This part of London is popular with members of parliament, some of whom have bought houses in Pimlico, perhaps to get in touch with Sir Churchill.
Pimlico is easily accessible with Pimlico tube station on the Victoria Line and the large Victoria station on the Victoria, District and Circle lines. You can also take a riverboat from Millbank Millenium Pier and head down towards Waterloo and Southwark.
You have direct access to the rest of England with National Express services from London Victoria Station.
Built from 1935-37, Dolphin Square is considered influential in housing and community design within the UK. It is a block of private apartments and houses with communal gardens, swimming pool, leisure facilities, restaurants and bars. Residents have exclusive use of some of the facilities including tennis courts and a croquet lawn and they have private membership to two social clubs.
The exclusivity and architectural beauty of Dolphin Square have attracted some high profile residents. At one time it was home to 70 Members of Parliament and 10 Lords. Its close proximity to the houses of parliament means it is still popular with the politicians.
If you want to join the Dolphin Square social club and have a game of croquet with an MP (erm...), you can rent a studio apartment for around £320 a week.
Everyone likes a good street market and Pimlico delivers. The Tachbrook Street Market offers a great range of stalls selling arts and crafts, fruit and vegetables, fish, dairy and a fantastic selection of freshly made food. Open Monday to Saturday, come here to grab some food for lunch before heading to the river front for a waterside view.
Address: Tachbrook Street, Pimlico, SW1V 2JS
Jazz and Cigars and Whiskey
If any of the above tickles your fancy, then put Boisdale restaurant and bar on your list of places to visit in Pimlico. Describing itself as a ‘lively Scottish restaurant’ you’re guaranteed a warm welcome here. Serving a tasty array of Scottish cuisine and one of London’s best selection of whiskeys, come and enjoy an evening of life music or perhaps join in their regular food tastings. Along with the expected food and drink menus you will also find the Boisdale cigar list. Smooth times at the Boisdale.
Address: 15 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9LX
Telephone: 020 7730 6922
Pocket of green
Situated next to the River Thames, Pimlico Gardens and Shrubbery is the perfect escape from the city. A marble statue of William Huskisson MP, the first railway fatality, is found in this garden.
Address: Grosvenor Road, Pimlico
Royal eggs and beans
Pimlico may not be the most famous area of London, but if you mention the Regency Café, you are sure to get some big smiles and “Best. Breakfast. Ever.” responses. This greasy spoon is famous for its cheap ‘n’ hearty breakfasts and the fact that it still looks like the original restaurant that opened in 1946. It’s noisy, it’s brisk and your order will most likely be shouted across the room to the chefs slaving away in the kitchen. But tuck into your eggs on toast and you’ll think you’re in heaven.
Address: 17 - 19 Regency St, Pimlico, SW1P 4BY
Telephone: 020 7821 6596
Live at the Apollo
One of London’s biggest live theatre venues, the Apollo Victoria was originally built in 1929 as a state of the art cinema. It has been home to some well known shows, including the world acclaimed musical, Wicked, which is currently being performed on stage here.
Address: 17 Wilton Road , London , SW1V 1LG
Get excited – juicy burgers and an extensive range of beer. Throw in a satisfying Sunday roast and you have found yourself in meaty, beery glory. Cask Pub and Kitchen opened in 2009 and prides itself on its fantastic range of beers available on cask, keg or bottle. Whether you’re an ale connoisseur or know nothing about beer, Cask has something for you and they’re happy to help you find your beverage of choice. Forty Burgers provide the food with some hearty options – try the Elvis with its peanut butter, bacon and banana additions.
Address: 6 Charlwood Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 2EE
Telephone: 0207 630 7225
Walking distance to art
Pimlico is a mere stroll from some of the most impressive buildings and institutions in London, including the wonderful Tate Britain. A ten minute stroll will get you to the home of some of Britain’s finest artworks including an extensive collection by J.W.M. Turner.
Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Telephone: 020 7887 8888
Pilgrimage to Westminster
Ok, so it is more of a ‘short walk’ than a pilgrimage, as Westminster Abbey is located just next door to Pimlico. This beautiful gothic abbey is one of the most loved attractions in London, particularly since royal weddings of recent years. Take your camera and join the thousands of tourists who flock here daily.
Address: 20 Deans Yard, London SW1P 3PA
Spicy spanish sausage
Dreaming of sunshine, warm weather and a bit of Spanish cuisine but can’t afford a holiday to Alicante? Head to Goya in Pimlico for a glass (or two) of Rioja and a selection of tasty Spanish delights. Offering a mouth watering selection of traditional Spanish tapas, you will feel like you’re in Granada and not central London before you can say, “Por favour”.
Address: 34 Lupus Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 3EB
Telephone: 020 7976 5309
A touch of class
For something a little bit special to celebrate that birthday, anniversary or any-excuse-will-do, book a table at Tinello. A slightly fancy but not too snobby Italian bistro serving some of London’s best pasta, meat dishes and deserts. Ask for one of their fantastic Italian wines to go with your meal and you will be eating in style.
Address: 87 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8PH
Telephone: 020 7730 3663
More than just a pub
The Orange Public House and Hotel is a gastropub lover’s delight with beautifully furnished dining rooms, fantastic food and a great selection of wines, ales and spirits. The decor is bright and airy and the restaurant menu focuses on quality local produce. They serve a great selection of wood fired pizzas with some very unique toppings. Have you ever had a pancetta wrapped prawn on a pizza? Well you can here. If you come for one drink and stay for too many, you can book a room in the hotel for the night. Now that’s luxury.
Address: 37 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NE
Telephone: 020 7881 9844