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The regeneration of the area has made Victoria and 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.
Best places 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 6SQb
For Al Fresco: Strutton Ground Market, Strutton Ground, Westminster, London, SW1P 2JT
For incredible wine: Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6SQ
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 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.
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.
Sport and Leisure
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 • Queens Mothers Sports Centre, 223 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, London, SW1V 1EL
ShoppingVictoria 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
Parks and 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.
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
- St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School
- The Grey Coat Hospital Secondary School for Girls
Rail: 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.
Bus/Coach: 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.
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.Name: victoria_text_2 Content: