London Area Guide to Pimlico

March 2, 2022
Pimlico area guide

If you’re looking for quiet streets, exclusivity and gorgeous stately homes, then Pimlico could be the perfect neighbourhood for you. 

While it is often overshadowed by more famous neighbours like Victoria, Chelsea, and Belgravia, this little pocket of central London has plenty of style and charm of its own. Just across the river from the stunning new developments at Nine Elms & rejuvenated Battersea Power Station, Pimlico is a serene river location that is well positioned for its proximity to the seat of government at Westminster. 

With over 350 Grade II listed buildings and churches, the area retains a classic and pristine feel while a selection of chic restaurants, cocktail bars and high-end hotels offer modern lifestyle and amenities.

Pimlico is extremely well-connected for transport, meaning you can get around the capital effortlessly. Located on the Victoria Line, it is just one stop (or easy walk) from the bustling Victoria and Vauxhall stations, as well as a few stops to Kings Cross St Pancras which can take you across the city and to Europe on the Eurostar. 

With its river location along with countless garden squares, Pimlico also offers easy access to nature.  For culture, Pimlico is also home to Tate Britain which houses a sizeable collection of the art of the United Kingdom. 

So if you’re looking for a tucked in location that’s at the centre of it all, then check out Pimlico.  

House Dynamics 

You really are spoiled when it comes to beautiful homes in Pimlico whether classic or modern. You have grand styling of white stucco-fronted Georgian properties throughout, as well as Victorian red brick homes that have classic features, and also several new high-end developments with new homes in the area coming to the market.

Pimlico remains considerably more budget-friendly than the neighbouring areas of Chelsea and Belgravia and continues to grow in popularity. Terraced homes are very few and far between, so if you’re looking for outside space, then top floor flats and ground floor flats with gardens are most in demand and sell very quickly. 

Luckily, if you wish to access green space then you are spoiled for choice with quaint garden squares throughout, and a short journey to the powerhouses of St James’ Park, Hyde Park, and Battersea park. 

Properties in Pimlico had an overall average price of £938,232 over the last year (2021-2022) with sales mostly being flats, averaging £867,622. Terraced properties sold for an average of £2,044,452.

Overall, sold prices in Pimlico over the last year were 5% down on the previous year and 36% down on the 2016 peak of £1,457,372. (Rightmove).

While Pimlico remains quiet and quaint, with beautiful streets and homes, you are close to all of the action. Restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a regular farmer’s market, are all within this area to enjoy. That’s why this area is such a thriving location for families, professionals, and expats to purchase their pied a terres. 

Local Favourites in Pimlico

Visit the West End

Pimlico is just a 30-minute walk from any theatre-lovers paradise – The West End. Packed with theatres, you’re spoiled for choice to enjoy the latest contemporary show or a classic production, just moments away. 

In nearby Victoria, you’ve got Hamilton playing at the Victoria Palace Theatre.  

For another bit of culture, Tate Britain is practically your neighbourhood museum sitting majestically along the river at Millbank.  As one of the oldest museums in the country it houses a large collection of of pieces since Tudor times.  

Visit the Garden Squares

Pimlico is another neighbourhood in London that provides its residents and visitors with a nice selection of quaint garden squares to enjoy among the hustle and bustle of London. 

Bessborough Gardens is a beautiful square that has a fountain, paving and minimal grass to lounge on a summer’s day. The real reason I love these gardens is the views of the imposing homes that overlook them (I can’t help being an architect-lover!). 

Warwick Square is another beautiful garden square that is surrounded by incredible properties, and houses a Grade II listed church, but is open to residents only or you can become a member to request access to the private gardens. You’ve also got St. George’s Square which is open to the public so a great local bit of green space to enjoy.  

If you would rather visit a larger public park, then you have plenty to choose from in the area including Battersea Park and Hyde Park nearby.

Places to Drink & Dine

For your local with a difference, The Marquis of Westminster is a village-like pub with a relaxed dining area upstairs and a cocktail bar with a dance floor in the basement. If you prefer a more diverse range of dishes, then you can go to London’s best Greek Cypriot restaurant, Cyprus Mangal offering meze dishes you’ll love.

For all-day dining, cocktails and coffee in incredible surroundings, you must visit the ever-popular, Cambridge Street Cafe. Expect quirky interiors and artistic flourishes as this favourite of Pimlico was designed by Artists Residence Group.

Go to the Local Market

There’s nothing quite like visiting a local market, and Pimlico has two weekly markets to enjoy.

Tachbrook Street Market is open Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm and offers browsers a variety of fresh produce, a number of excellent street vendors for lunch options, cosmetics, and flowers. 

Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market is a weekly market open every Saturday 9am – 2pm offering a great range of independent sellers. From fresh pasta, free-range eggs, meat & poultry, to seasonal game, fish and shellfish, artisan bread & cheeses, and seasonal specials.

As you can see, Pimlico is a fantastic neighbourhood, surrounded by incredible areas to keep you busy, while remaining quiet and unique. If you would like to discover the perfect neighbourhood for your London experience, please get in touch. 

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