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A locals' guide to SW1

"When you think of the history and pageantry that has happened at Westminster Abbey, it gives you goosebumps!"

Jamie Newson-Love

"Say hello to the Queen at London's most recognisable landmark, Buckingham Palace."

Stephen Lovelady

"Belgravia is not only popular because of its location, but for its elegant properties too."

Christopher Sellwood

What is your favourite place?

Where do SW1 locals go?

Inn the Park

A fantastic place to watch the world go by, with an outdoor terrace to enjoy sunny days and stunning views of Whitehall and Buckingham Palace.

St James's Square

Beautifully maintained, this garden square is a real retreat from the hustle and bustle of central London - it's amazing how quiet it is!

The Goring Hotel

A luxurious spot for upmarket afternoon tea and beautiful rooms for a romantic getaway.

St John's Smith Square

If you're a fan of classical music, this stunning venue is a must. The architecture is awe-inspiring too...

Rubens Hotel

An institution over 100 years old, this stunning hotel is beautiful inside - you really are stepping back into a grander era!


The first Argentinian pub to open in the UK, this place serves traditional dishes and South American wines.


Luxurious leather goods with a very high price tag, but perfect for special occasions and treats.

The Pantechnicon Rooms

There's a shortage of good dog-friendly restaurants in London, however Pantechnicon absolutely nails it. It is certainly the best Sunday roast in town.

The Grenadier

A local pub tucked away and open since 1818. It gets incredibly busy with people coming after work and is one of the most haunted pubs in London! They serve a fantastic beef Wellington too!

Parliament Tour

Informative guided and audio tours of the beautiful and ornate parliament building. It's great to see the place in real life, rather than just on the tele!

Brunello Cucinelli

Luxurious Italian clothing in the heart of Chelsea.


Set alongside Chelsea's upmarket boutiques, Browns is the perfect place to pick up designer women's clothing.

The Botanist

Overlooking Sloane Square, this chic restaurant also has a well stocked bar where they serve classic and adventurous cocktails.

Hardcore Lobster & More

Perfectly cooked lobster and burgers - a welcome alternative to restaurants serving similar dishes.

Dolphin Square Fitness Club

Peace and quiet, where one goes to ponder and work out all at once!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of West End, Soho, Covent Garden, Mayfair, Fitzrovia, Holborn, Bloomsbury, Victoria, Marylebone and Westminster

What do you love about SW1?

Why do you find SW1 a great place to live?


"I am a French girl and, for me, Victoria is the heart of London and it's great to come to this country and to be in the heart. This is a fantastic place, with something all hours, see people moved like beats"

February 2015


"Pimlico is so close to the heart of London yet can be so peaceful! I can walk to so many places from here and there are so many transport options too. A 15 minute walk and you have big Ben and the London eye, yet Pimlico is away from all the noise. There are so many parks locally too, so lots of green spaces. Brilliant place and highly recommend, and out of the congestion zone."

February 2015


"Belgravia is a peaceful and beautiful area with sites and views. It is like a dream come true living in the luxury. it has fun places and it is calm"

January 2015


"Pimlico is very central, and is surrounded by beautiful parks, as well as markets."

January 2015


"Belgravia is a lovely yet high-end area with beautiful parks and squares."

January 2015


"I love this area because there are lots of lovely places to go and you learn about the past."

January 2015


"Victoria is as central as you can be with the amazing Georges Square Park just a few minutes away. Lovely walks and beautiful buildings. I feel at home and wstminster council embrace you like a family would. Amazing surroundings, culture and tourist spots keeps it interesting"

January 2015


"Close to the river, near both Victoria Station and Chelsea area"

January 2015


"Pimlico is a lovely diverse area with people from different walks off life and backgrounds, that has everything to offer, Great ressturants and Bar's (Al Dar, Caffe Concerto,e.g), fantastic transport links, very close to main shopping areas: Oxford & Regent St, Knightsbridge (Harrods), Kings Rd and High St Kensington. all of these benefits makes Pimlico a lovely area to live in."

December 2014


"Walking distance to all the action one way, and the peace of the park the other!"

December 2014

Local resident

"Eccleston Square is by far the best part of Pimlico. Private gardens with Tennis Courts along with a 60 second walk to Victoria or across Eccleston Bridge to Belgravia. Atmosphere in Pimlico is both quiet and busy depending on if you are on a square of main road."

June 2012


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Child-friendly activities near SW1

Young Parents Group parents 15 - 22 years old

Twins Group
Young Parents Group is a relaxed social group parents who are in their teens and early 20's and their children, to meet, socialise & share information. Website

The Ark Playgroup

St. Michael's Church
The Ark Playgroup is a lively morning session for babies, toddlers, parents and carers. The children have lots of space to play with a superb range of toys, in a fun and happy atmosphere. After playtime, everyone gathers together for some children's songs and a Bible story. Coffee and juice and a snack are provided. The Ark gives children the opportunity to learn how to play in a safe environment, and mothers and carers the chance to make new friends. Website

Baby and Toddler Swim

Queen Mother Sports Centre
Queen Mother Sports Centre offers a fantastic selection of facilities and activities. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a swimming adult at all times. A maximum of two under 8's to one adult. Children under 5 years of age swim for free. All children under 3 years of age are required to wear an Aqua Nappy. Website

New Parents Group

Victoria Medical Practice
The New Parents Group with Baby Cafe is a great resource for first time and new mums seeking guidance or companionship for breast feeding newborns. Of course, bottle fed babies are welcome to come and make friends. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and fun! Website

Music and Movement

The Abbey Centre
This is a movement class set to live and recorded music. The tutor sings and plays guitar. Parents and children join in group games and sing familiar children's songs. Toys, equipment and musical instruments are used to tell stories. The class follows a similar format each week. The children join in their own way, so it is suitable for toddlers up until aged five. Website

St. James the Less Playgroup

St. James the Less Westminster
An interactive group Learning basic principles of who God is and who we are in God. Craft, drama, songs, prayer, messy play, stories, games and fun! Website
  1. About SW1

    SW1 is the postcode district in South West London incorporating the areas of Whitehall and Buckingham Palace, the areas between Buckingham Gate and Victoria Station, the areas east of Buckingham Gate, the triangular area between Victoria Station, the Houses of Parliament, and Vauxhall Bridge; eastern part of Pimlico, the triangular area between Vauxhall Bridge, Chelsea Bridge, and Victoria Station; Pimlico proper, the areas of Belgravia, the area between Sloane Square and Victoria Station, south of Kings Road, the areas of Belgravia, north of Kings Road, Knightsbridge (part) and the areas of St. James's. SW1 is split further into the following smaller postcodes of SW1A, SW1E, SW1H, SW1P, SW1V, SW1W, SW1X, SW1Y.

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