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These then-and-now pictures show the transformation of Victoria

By Megan Carnegie

If you haven’t been to Victoria recently, prepare to be surprised. Whereas the only reasons to visit this part of SW1 used to be catching a train, seeing ‘Wicked’ or popping round Liz’s gaff, it’s now a restaurant destination, home to Timmy GreenHai Cenato, Ole & Steen and Aster, plus shops and a cute open market on Thursdays. And it’s all thanks to Nova Victoria, a huge new complex hated by architecture critics but loved by anyone who wants to get a decent meal round these parts.

Landsec, the UK’s biggest property developer, masterminded Nova Victoria, and they’ve released some nifty images that contrast the area’s old-world charm with its swanky new look. Use the slider on these pictures to see the difference between Victoria then and now.

Backing onto Buckingham Palace Gardens, this corner spot is still as lovely as it was in 1962.

After the demolition of the Stag Brewery in 1959, Landsec transformed the site into Cardinal Place, which opened in 2006.

With its original 1860 façade, Victoria Station welcomed nearly 76 million visitors last year. There’s also a new tube entrance on Victoria Street.

Commuters old (1971) and new (2018) pound the pavements of Victoria Street. 

Victoria is transformed, with the neo-Byzantine Westminster Cathedral hidden from this angle behind new offices.

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