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.
Where to eat
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.Go to 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
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
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.
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.
- All stations in Victoria & Westminster are within zone 1.
- London Victoria is the second busiest terminus in the UK and is managed by Network Rail. Providing Southern, Southeastern and Gatwick Express services, you can get to South London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
- Underground stations are; Pimlico (Victoria line), St James's Park (Circle and District lines), Victoria (Circle, District and Victoria lines) and Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines).
- The new Crossrail link at Bond Street (due for completion 2018) will be just one stop from Westminster and will provide fast access to the city and airports.
- 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.
- 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.