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St James's Square

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!

Inn the Park

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.

Rubens Hotel

Rubens Hotel

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

Oddbins

Oddbins

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

A. Wong

A. Wong

This upmarket Chinese restaurant is great for a peking duck feast!

St John's Smith Square

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...

Delicias de Portugal

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.

Parliament Tour

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!

The Grenadier

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!

Browns

Browns

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

The Goring Hotel

The Goring Hotel

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

The Orange

The Orange

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

Pimlico Fresh

Pimlico Fresh

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

Tachbrook Street Market

Tachbrook Street Market

A great street food market open 2 hours every lunchtime.

Brunello Cucinelli

Brunello Cucinelli

Luxurious Italian clothing in the heart of Chelsea.

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"In 1954, 2 Carlton Gardens held a meeting between MI6 and CIA to agree to build a tunnel beneath the Berlin Wall to intercept telephone calls. Sadly the double agent George Blake, who was at the meeting, told the Russians immediately after and the whole idea was a disaster!"

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

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

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

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

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

  8. 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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

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Child-friendly activities near SW1

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

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

Just for Dads

Pimlico Library
Dads, bring children along for stories and songs. 1st Saturday of each month. 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

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

Wiggle and Jiggle at Pimlico Library

Pimlico Library
Wiggle and Jiggle, Music and Movement: toddlers aged between about 1 and two-and-a-half. Website

Baby Bounce and Rhyme

Pimlico Library
Baby Bounce and Rhyme: knee-bouncing songs for babies aged between about 3 months - 12 months. Website

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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