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A locals' guide to SW1

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

Sigita Ranger

"The view from the tower at Westminster Cathedral is amazing, it's really worth the trip up there."

Eduard Pistea

"The architecture of Kensington breathes a historic aura that is unique to its streets.."

Will Pitt

What is your favourite place?

Where do SW1 locals go?

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!

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...

Hardcore Lobster & More

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

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!

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!

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.


Great for hidden treasures and shabby chic furniture.

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.

The Orange

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

Tachbrook Street Market

A great street food market open 2 hours every lunchtime.

The Goring Hotel

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


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


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.

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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?


"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. "

December 2016


"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 the 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


What do you like about SW1?

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"The bronze statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square has an electric current running through it to deter pigeons."

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Child-friendly activities near SW1

Parents and Toddlers Drop in

St. Vincent De Paul Family Project,
A programme of activities for children and parents / carers: Alternative therapies - reflexology, massage, aromatherapy; 1 to 1 support opportunities; Support Groups; Access to visiting professionals. Website

Parents and Toddlers

Emmanuelle Centre,
All Free and All Welcome! We have excellent facilities for the under-fives! Spacious Carpeted Hall, Refreshment, Baby Corner, Book Corner, Home Corner, Painting Corner, Puzzles, Bikes, Slides, Pop-UP Tents, Pushchairs, Big Cars, Dressing Up, Soft Toys, Lego and much more. 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

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

Rhyme Time at Pimlico Library

Pimlico Library
Regular sessions are held in Westminster Children's Libraries throughout the City. They are designed to help children to develop their concentration, co-ordination and comprehension skills through the use of books, songs, finger rhymes, nursery rhymes and poetry. Rhyme Time Rhymes: songs, crafts and games all based around a popular children's story each week 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
  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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