Pimlico is central, and pockets of Zone 1 smartness give the whole district a real panache. In fact, property of any calibre is expensive here. Even Pimlico’s extensive ex-local authority housing stock has fantastic views and commands high prices. Down by the river is Dolphin Square, a self-contained village of pieds-à-terre for the important and the wealthy, notably a load of MPs and high-grade civil servants. The fortress-like, red-brick 1930s block has a health club, smart restaurant and a little art deco parade of shops. Outside of that, there's lots to see and do - great food, nice bars and Victoria and Chelsea on your doorstep.
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Pimlico Road Farmers' Market
Set in the quaint Orange Square just off Pimlico Road, this London Farmers’ Markets operation caters for the chi-chi residents of Belgravia, Chelsea, Battersea and Pimlico. A concentration of stalls boasts an impressive range of produce – we loved Kingcup Farm, with its range of edible flowers and interesting vegetables and herbs (leek flowers, radish pods); Popina for its seasonal tarts (gooseberry and elderflower); EFJ Gould’s cheddar, and more besides. There’s plenty of benches in the shade for a lazy afternoon devouring ready-to-eat purchases; we only wish there were more hot food options, with the only one on our visit being sausage baps from Dorset’s 12 Green Acres.
St James Theatre
St James Theatre is the first newly-built theatre complex in central London in 30 years, built on the site of the former Westminster Palace. Though from the outside it looks a bit like a mid-priced hotel, the 312-seat main house has been an interesting addition to the London theatre scene. Though it's produced plenty of original productions, it's perhaps most valuably served as a place for acclaimed regional productions to swiftly transfer into. It also has a 150-capacity studio that's carved out a decent niche for itself hosting musical cabaret and suchlike.
Restaurants in Pimlico
About Thyme Bar & Bistro
About Thyme is located at the very heart of London in fashionable Pimlico, just a short walk from London Victoria mainline and underground stations. About Thyme Bistro serves fine modern European cuisine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, complimented by a unique Bar with a wide selection of carefully selected wines from around the world. Whether you are looking for a great meal upstairs, or just a glass of wine and a quick something at the Bar, it's About Thyme you allowed us to look after you.
Moo Cantina - Pimlico
This Pimlico branch of the mini-chain - there's another on Brick Lane and one in the City - brings an Argentinian cantina vibe to Vauxhall Bridge Road. Expect South American street-food, Argentinian steaks, house cocktails and beers sunk in the spacious garden come summertime. The food menu features a range of dishes popular in Argentina, with empanadas, sweetbreads and chimichurri olives alongside lomito sandwiches, steaks and chorizo 'criolla' - Argentinian chorizo served with roasted peppers and grilled onions. Desserts include pancakes served with dulce de leche, affogato and flan casero - a South American take on crème caramel. There's an Argentinian slant to the wines on offer, though Spain, Chile and Italy get a look in too. Many are available by the glass. Beers by the bottle include Quilmes, Cuzquena, Alhambra and Sol, and there's Meantime Lager on draught. Keep an eye out for house cocktails too, such as the ‘Sweet Moo’ with vanilla vodka, rum and dulce de leche.