Pimlico area guide

Keep busy in SW1 with Time Out's guide to restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do in Pimlico

Ben Rowe

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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O'Sole Mio
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O'Sole Mio

An Italian restaurant in Pimlico, serving traditional dishes from regions across the boot. 

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5 out of 5 stars
Cambridge Street Kitchen
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Cambridge Street Kitchen

Venue says: “Join us for aperitivo served Monday to Friday, 4-7pm, with spritz cocktails at £5 and unlimited nibbles.”

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5 out of 5 stars
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Pimlico Road Farmers' Market
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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.

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5 out of 5 stars
St James Theatre
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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.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Pimlico

About Thyme Bar & Bistro
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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.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Cambridge Street Kitchen
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Cambridge Street Kitchen

Venue says: “Join us for aperitivo served Monday to Friday, 4-7pm, with spritz cocktails at £5 and unlimited nibbles.”

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5 out of 5 stars
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A Wong
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A Wong

This modern Chinese restaurant dispenses with gilded dragons, book-length menus and oily stir-fries to win over discerning Western palates and aesthetes. Like quietly upscale Hunan, self-consciously stylish HKK and moodily modish Hakkasan, chef and owner Andrew Wong’s pared-back venture beautifully reinterprets Chinese cooking using the finest ingredients. Unlike his contemporaries, however, chef Wong elevates the cuisine without hiking the prices. Dim sum and snacks inspired by street food can be ordered by the piece, inviting anyone to pop in for a spot of daikon cake with wind-dried sausage and shrimp. Plump pork and prawn dumplings were the best we’ve tried, thanks to the flavour of high quality pork and the strip of airy crackling topping. Preserved duck egg – fermented to a gelatinous black – is diced and combined with quivering cubes of cold marinated tofu and chili soy sauce, transforming the often sulphurous ingredient for a clean, delicate starter. The tasting menu is a relative bargain at £38.88 for eight auspicious courses (eight being a lucky number for the Chinese), showcasing Wong’s knowledge and passion for China’s diverse regional fare. Each course is stylishly presented, sometimes with faddish touches such as citrus foam on the har gow (prawn dumplings). Poached razor-clam with sea cucumber, pickled cucumber, vinegar tapioca and wind-dried sausage was a gorgeous mouthful of contrasting textures and flavours. Chili barbecued pineapple with a light, tangy B

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Moo Cantina - Pimlico
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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.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Things to do in Pimlico

Capital Carboot Sale
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Capital Carboot Sale

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5 out of 5 stars
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Former Chelsea Barracks

Bars and pubs in Pimlico

Cask
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Cask

Cask has been blazing a beer trail for years, since way before your old local had its own craft beer list. It’s not much to look at – an awkward shape at the bottom of a newbuild block – but the real attraction is in the fridges and cellar. They’re filled with an almost absurdly generous range of the finest brews from London, Britain and beyond, with something to satisfy the most ardent hophead or convert the most nervous lager-drinker. Staff really know their stuff – ask for a recommendation and you won’t be disappointed.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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The Queens Arms

Venue says: “Locally-loved Victorian gastropub with a gorgeous panelled dining room. Weekday fast and fresh lunchtime menu for just £5.50.”

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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St George's Tavern

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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The Marquis of Westminster

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5 out of 5 stars
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