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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Size isn’t everything, right? Right. A case in point: Hammersmith’s Amoret, a compact shop opposite the tube station. Expansive it ain’t – perfect for commuter time grab ’n ’go, mind – but what it lacks in square footage it makes up for in coffee-making nous. Baristas are knowledgeable and keen to impart their stuff to a receptive fan base of caffeine junkies. Beans are strictly single-estate and change regularly: they’ve cupped Square Mile, Curve, Horsham, La Cabra, Rocert and Colonna in recent memory (among many others). They occasionally serve up their own house beans, too – roasted through Union Coffee’s Campus project. Who said bigger was better?