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A locals' guide to SW1V

"The handsome Georgian buildings in Pimlico heighten the elegant, welcoming feel of the area."

Stephen Lovelady

"The lights on Grade II listed Chelsea Bridge twinkle brightly at night."

Joseph Divito

"The grand architecture and public gardens around Victoria remind us of London's Victorian opulence."

Jamie Newson-Love

What is your favourite place?

Where do SW1V locals go?

Hardcore Lobster & More

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


Great for hidden treasures and shabby chic furniture.

Pimlico Fresh

Freshly prepared salads and cakes certainly make lunchtimes more appealing...


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


As well as selling a wide range of beer, wine and spirits, the Oddbins in Pimlico does free tasting sessions too!

Dolphin Square Fitness Club

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

Tachbrook Street Market

A great street food market open 2 hours every lunchtime.

The Orange

Who wouldn't enjoy a whole roast cow?! The Sunday roast at The Orange is certainly generously sized...

The Goring Hotel

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

Rubens Hotel

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

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...

VauxWall Climbing Centre

A little known bouldering centre in the arches. Turn up with your kit for a different kind of work out.

The Botanist

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


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

Duke of York Square

Watching Wimbledon on a sunny day in Duke of York Square is a great way to pass the day! There is also a market every Saturday selling upmarket, handmade products and food.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Pimlico, Victoria, Westminster, Nine Elms, Sloane Square, Vauxhall, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, West End and Kennington

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"Now undergoing an extensive redevelopment, Battersea Power Station is one of London's most iconic buildings and is the largest brick built building in Europe."

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Child-friendly activities near SW1V

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

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

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

Capital Carboot

Pimlico Academy
Central London's only indoor and outdoor all year round carboot sale The salubrious central London location of this event means shoppers are willing to part with a fair amount of cash in return for quality vintage and high-end clothing. Retro garb is especially popular here as is kitsch granny-style homeware. Website

Pippa's Poppets Music and Movement Classes

Pippa’s Poppets Music and Movement Classes (0-4 yrs) St. Gabriel’s Church Vestry
Award-winning music classes - let Pippa the Panda teach your child the fundamentals of music! Classes are made up of well-known nursery rhymes as well as original songs written by Pippa to challenge vocabulary and improve language skills. We use music to enhance physical and emotional development and playing percussion instruments introduces rhythm and coordination at an early age. Places allocated on a first come first served basis. Email or call to be sent an enrollment form or book a free trial. Website

Parent and Toddler Drop in

Churchill Gardens School (Johnson Place Entrance)
Parent & Toddler groups are informal sessions run by voluntary members of the community. They usually involve free play with maybe a story , sing-a-long, or craft session to join in with. Most groups have a baby corner for new mums to make friends and enjoy a coffee. Website

Stay and Play

Churchill Gardens Youth Club
A big space for children to play. Come along for a chat, refreshments and to meet your local children's centre team.
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