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.