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Living in Victoria

Victoria and neighbouring Westminster are incredibly vibrant areas with trendy cafés and bars, great open spaces and excellent transport links. Architecturally, the area varies between historical grandeur and striking modern developments.  With an array of new shops and restaurants constantly appearing in the area, each day Victoria & Westminster brings something new to explore.

Did you know?

  • Westminster Abbey is Britain’s largest church.
  • Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066
  • London Victoria Station is the second busiest station in the UK.
  • London Victoria station is named after nearby Victoria Street, the latter being named after Queen Victoria.
  • There are 309 English Heritage blue plaques in City of Westminster.
  • Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residential of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837
  • Westminster is the seat of government

Architecture & Properties:

Victoria Street has recently undergone significant regeneration. The once jaded street has been given a new lease of life by developments such as Nova, Kings Gate, Abell & Cleland and 55VS. These developments have added further stunning modern architecture to London's skyline. 

In contrast, Westminster contains an array of large Georgian and Victorian family homes which are steeped in historical significance.  Westminster is London's political, cultural and historical centre, and the array of elegant properties only adds to this.  There are a range of properties, all in close proximity to Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks.

The contrast between these properties and the modern developments results in the area of Victoria and Westminster being a truly original one.

Who lives there?

The regeneration of the area has made Victoria & Westminster’s tapestry of cultures even richer. The number of young professionals calling Victoria home has risen in line with number of new developments in the area. With new five star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants alongside of government buildings and the Houses of Parliament; the variations of people is about as varied as the properties. Not forgetting the royal residence: Buckingham Palace, which has been the official London residence of the UK's sovereigns since 1837.

Going Out:

Nova Food, Victoria is a destination that brings together some of London’s most exciting eateries including Barbecoa, Bone Daddies, Aster, Timmy Green, Shake Shack, Jason Atherton, Franco Manca, Sourced Market, The Railhouse Café, Ricker Restaurants, Sticks n Sushi and Greenwood. 19-20 Grosvenor St, London, SW3 5UH

For fine Michelin starred dining: Quilon, 41 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF

For Indian: The Cinnamon Club, The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3BU

For Mexican: Loco Mexicano, 64-65 Wilton Road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1DE

For Tapas: Ibérica, 68 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 6SQ

For al fresco: Strutton Ground Market, Strutton Ground, Westminster, London, SW1P 2JT

For incredible wine: M, Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6SQ

Where to drink:

There are a number of bars and pubs in the area.  The vibrant Victoria Street has a range of cocktail bars such as All Bar One which is a stylish city bar and Victorian pubs like The Albert with its Prime Ministers gallery and Parliamentary Division Bell.  The surrounding areas also have an array of places that range in both price and genre. This ensures that there is something for everyone.

For tea and coffee there are a number of both high street coffee shops and independent cafés in the area.

All Bar One, 58 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 6AJ

The Albert, 52 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 0NP

Balls Brothers, 50 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 0RN

Phoenix, 14 Palace Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 5JA

Culture:

The Apollo Victoria is a West End theatre and is one of London’s most popular. Opening its doors in 1929 and refurbished in 1975, it has hosted a great number of hit musicals and is currently showing Stephen Schwartz’ award winning Wicked.
The Apollo, 17 Wilton Road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1LG

The culturally renowned Tate Britain can also be found in Westminster.  Tate Britain is ‘the home of British art from 1500 to the present day’ and has a variety of events and exhibitions including the Turner prize winning pieces.
Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Victoria Street is also home to the Curzon cinema which has five screens and two bars where you can buy a variety of themed cocktails whilst enjoying the film.
Curzon, 58 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 6QW

Historical significance:

The areas of Victoria and Westminster contain a number of incredibly influential historical sites such as; Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The Palace of Westminster (Big Ben and Houses of Parliament), Westminster Cathedral and Churchill War Rooms to name a few.

From the Houses of Parliament, through world-famous royal palaces, to the old aristocratic quarter of St James’s, Victoria and Westminster truly has a significant historical past.

Sports & Leisure:

According to Knight Frank’s MyPropertyGenius.co.uk there are 17 gyms in the Victoria and Westminster area, see below for a list of examples.

Fitness First
20 Palace Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 5BA

Gymbox
6 Wilcox Place, Westminster, London, SW1E 6QL

Pure Gym
Portland House, Bressenden Place, Victoria, London, SW1E 5BH

Queen Mother Sports Centre
223 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, London, SW1V 1EL

Shopping

Victoria Street contains a variety of high street and designer shops. There are also a number of food shops in the area too. Visit the House of Fraser department store on Victoria Street, where you will find the widest range of clothes and home ware and also Nova Food inside the brand new Nova development on Buckingham Palace Road which will be London’s hottest neighbourhood for foodies and retailers.

101 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 6QX

Nova Food, 19-20 Grosvenor St, London, SW3 5UH

Parks & Green space:

Within the area of Victoria and Westminster lies the stunning St James’s Park which is the oldest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks. The park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade and is at the heart of ceremonial London, providing the setting for spectacular pageants including the annual Trooping the Colour.

Next to Buckingham Palace you will also find Green Park which is the smallest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks. Victoria Tower Garden lies at the heart of Westminster, bordered by the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames, Millbank and Lambeth Bridge. It is home to a number of memorials celebrating freedom.


Transport links:

All stations in Victoria & Westminster are within Zone 1.
Underground:

Pimlico Victoria Line. St James’s Park: Circle and District Lines.
Victoria: Circle, District and Victoria Lines.
Westminster: Circle, District and Jubilee Lines - The new Crossrail link at Bond Street station (due for completion 2018) is just one stop from Westminster and will provide fast access to the city and airports.)

Train: London Victoria is the second busiest terminus in the UK and is managed by Network Rail providing Southern, Southeastern and Gatwick Express services.  Travelling to South London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
London Victoria Station, Victoria Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5ND

Bus/Coach routes: There are many destinations around the UK and some in Europe that can be reached from London Victoria Bus Station and London Victoria Coach Station.

London Victoria Bus Station, Victoria Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5ND
London Victoria Coach Station,
164 Buckingham Palace Road, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9TP

Car: You can cross the River Thames via Vauxhall, Lambeth and Westminster Bridges.  The M20 and M25 can be reached in under an hour depending on traffic.
 

Education:

There are a number of schools in the catchment area for SW1E, SW1H, SW1P and SW1V including eight primary schools, three secondary schools, five independent schools and one sixth form.  St Peter’s Eaton Square CE Primary School, St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School and The Grey Coat Hospital Secondary School for Girls are in ranked in the top 10%.

St Peter’s Eaton Square CE Primary School, Lower Belgrave Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 0NL

St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School
, Morpeth Terrace, Westminster, London, SW1P 1EP

The Grey Coat Hospital Secondary School for Girls, Greycoat Place, Westminster, London, SW1P 2DY

Council Tax band:

Victoria and Westminster is represented by the City of Westminster council.

The rate of council tax varies and is dependent on the following valuation bands:

Valuation Band

Council Tax

Band   A

Up   to £40,000

Band   B

£40,001   to £52,000

Band   C

£52,001   to £68,000

Band   D

£68,001   to £88,000

Band   E

£88,001   to £120,000

Band   F

£120,001   to £160,000

Band   G

£160,001   to £320,000

Band   H

More   than £320,000