Regency architecture and garden squares lend a graceful air
"The handsome Georgian buildings in Pimlico heighten the elegant, welcoming feel of the area."Sigita Ranger
"Reminiscent of a charming village green, I love eating lunch in picturesque Vincent Square."Hayley Thomas
"The view from the tower at Westminster Cathedral is amazing, it's really worth the trip up there."Eduard Pistea
Where do Pimlico locals go?
Dolphin Square Fitness Club
Peace and quiet, where one goes to ponder and work out all at once!
Submitted by Danielle
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...
Submitted by Jamie
Who wouldn't enjoy a whole roast cow?! The Sunday roast at The Orange is certainly generously sized...
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Freshly prepared salads and cakes certainly make lunchtimes more appealing...
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Delicias de Portugal
Super favourite amongst locals and professionals in the area. Great selection of salads, sandwiches, pastas, wines, meat and cheese, and take away lunch. Usually the queue starts on the street outside of the shop.
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As well as selling a wide range of beer, wine and spirits, the Oddbins in Pimlico does free tasting sessions too!
Submitted by Jamie
The first Argentinian pub to open in the UK, this place serves traditional dishes and South American wines.
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Tachbrook Street Market
A great street food market open 2 hours every lunchtime.
Submitted by Stephen
Hardcore Lobster & More
Perfectly cooked lobster and burgers - a welcome alternative to restaurants serving similar dishes.
Submitted by Jamie
An institution over 100 years old, this stunning hotel is beautiful inside - you really are stepping back into a grander era!
Submitted by Edvin
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!
Submitted by Daisy
The Goring Hotel
A luxurious spot for upmarket afternoon tea and beautiful rooms for a romantic getaway.
Submitted by Eduard
VauxWall Climbing Centre
A little known bouldering centre in the arches. Turn up with your kit for a different kind of work out.
Submitted by Jon
Why do you find Pimlico a great place to live?
"Lillington Gardens Estate was declared a conservation area in 1990. You can walk all the way through the gardens from the top of Tachbrook Street down to Rampayne Street. I live there and it's quiet and lovely. Tate Britain is nearby on Millbank and Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery is to be found just over Vauxhall Bridge. "
"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."
"Pimlico is very central, and is surrounded by beautiful parks, as well as markets."
"Close to the river, near both Victoria Station and the Chelsea area."
"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."
"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."
What do you like about Pimlico?
Did you know?
"Installed in 1868, the world's first traffic light was gas powered and operated by a policeman at all hours of the day and night. Unfortunately, just a month later a gas leak caused an explosion that halted the introduction of further lights for another 40 years."
Child-friendly activities near Pimlico
Baby and Toddler SwimQueen 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
Music and MovementThe 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
Capital CarbootPimlico 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
Bach to Baby
Bach to Baby - critically acclaimed classical concert series specifically designed for babies tots and their carers. Enjoy exhilarating performances by outstanding musicians with your baby in tow. Children can dance roam about and listen to music the way they feel it. Website
Just for DadsPimlico Library
Dads, bring children along for stories and songs. 1st Saturday of each month. Website
Play SessionsPimlico Toy Library
Sessions are for adults and children together. There is a timetable of play and toy-loan sessions throughout the year. Website
Marsham Street NurseryTwins Group ,
We are a friendly team made up of outreach workers, speech and language therapists, link to midwife, dietician and health visitors, a social worker, early years practitioners, Qualified Teachers and more. The centre has been recently refurbished and offers daily activities including courses and events. Website
Pimlico is a small area of central London in the City of Westminster. Like Belgravia, to which it was built as a southern extension, Pimlico is known for its grand garden squares and impressive Regency architecture. The area is separated from Belgravia to the north by Victoria Railway Station, and bounded by the River Thames to the south, Vauxhall Bridge Road to the east and the former Grosvenor Canal to the west. At Pimlico's heart is a highly disciplined grid of residential streets laid down by the planner Thomas Cubitt beginning in 1825 and now protected as the Pimlico Conservation Area. Pimlico is also home to the pre-war Dolphin Square development and the pioneering Churchill Gardens and Lillington Gardens estates, now designated conservation areas in their own right. The area has over 350 Grade II listed buildings and several Grade II* listed Churches. Notable residents have included politician Winston Churchill, designer Laura Ashley, philosopher Swami Vivekananda and actor Laurence Olivier.
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- Nine Elms
- Sloane Square
- West End
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