Victoria area guide

Discover the best pubs, restaurants, hotels and landmarks in bustling London SW1

Love London Awards Pimlico and Victoria

Victoria may be best known for its rail and coach stations, but the busy surrounding streets have their fair share of diversions. Some historic London hotels are here, joined by two leading West End theatres, and St James's Park provides a serene green space for strolls and pelican spotting.

Victoria Street, the main drag linking Parliament Square to Victoria station, has an array of chain cafés and restaurants, but more interesting eateries are popping up, too. You can also enjoy a fabulous view from the campanile of the Roman Catholic cathedral. And Buckingham Palace is so close by, the Queen is practically a neighbour.

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Things to do in Victoria

‘Hamilton’ the musical: your West End guide
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‘Hamilton’ the musical: your West End guide

Broadway's megahit musical is playing now at the Victoria Palace Theatre. 

Buckingham Palace guide
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Buckingham Palace guide

The Queen's house is an iconic London landmark just a short walk away from Victoria rail station.

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Restaurants in Victoria

Vincent Rooms
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Vincent Rooms

Superb cooking at surprisingly low prices.

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The Goring Dining Room
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The Goring Dining Room

Old-world English glamour with a modern touch.  

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Bleecker
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Bleecker

Burgers and shakes worth queuing for. 

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Hai Cenato
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Hai Cenato

New York-style Italian from Jason Atherton.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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Hotels in Victoria

41

41

A swanky 5-star hotel with a mixture of stylish, monochrome decor and high-quality furnishings. 

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The Grosvenor

The Grosvenor

A 4-star hotel with large air-conditioned rooms decorated in subtle greys and browns.

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4 out of 5 stars
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The Nadler Victoria

The Nadler Victoria

A more modern, good value option in a terrific location.

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The Goring

The Goring

It drips with the elegance you'd expect from a 105-year-old hotel with a Royal Warrant. 

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5 out of 5 stars
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Pubs in Victoria

The Orange Public House & Hotel
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The Orange Public House & Hotel

This smart gastropub with rooms is a perfect match for this exclusive corner of Pimlico, and attracts a well-heeled crowd. If the ground-floor bar and dining room is packed out, make your way to the quieter first floor. The decor has a deliberately weathered look (think distressed walls, ‘aged’ wooden tables and flooring, vintage French travel posters) – the effect is appealing if a little forced.  British ingredients have pride of place on the menu, so you’ll find Bath Pig chorizo, Anglesey farmed sea bass and Cornish new potatoes. Yellow, red and pink heritage beetroots with salsify and a dollop of goat’s curd resembled a summer garden on a plate. Wood-fired pizza with creative toppings are a speciality; Laverstoke buffalo mozzarella was used to good effect alongside confit yellowfin tuna, prawns, capers and tomato. Translucent (line-caught) cod atop chewy puy lentils and creamy mash was stirred into life by a velvety Madeira jus. Desserts (the likes of coffee panna cotta and sticky toffee pud) all cost £7. To drink, there are cocktails, fresh fruit juices, more than a dozen wines by the glass, and Adnams and Meantime beers on tap. Service is breezy. The Orange is part of the Cubitt House Group of upmarket gastropubs in swanky parts of town: not far away, in Belgravia, is the Thomas Cubitt, and there’s also the Grazing Goat (also a hotel) in Marylebone.

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The Thomas Cubitt
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The Thomas Cubitt

After a little refit in spring 2010, this upmarket brasserie is busy nearly every mealtime, a Belgravia clientele venturing towards Victoria coach station in order to partake in roast rack and braised shoulder of lamb, and a pumpkin, spinach and pine nut wellington. The Sunday roasts are worthy of a Waitrose TV ad, but you’ll pay £27 for the 28-day-aged fillet from the Castle of Mey estate in Caithness. The layout of the main bar lends itself more to dining, but you can drink there. A 30-strong wine selection includes a dozen at around £6.50 a glass (Levin Wines sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley, De Alto Rioja) or £22 a bottle. Cocktails include a Basil Fawlty (Belvedere vodka, apple juice, passionfruit and own-made ginger syrup). You’ll find Asahi and Bitburger among the bottled beers, plus Deuchars and Adnams on tap.  

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Cask
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Cask

Craft beers from all over the globe.

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The Albert
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The Albert

A Victorian landmark serving pints and pub grub.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Bars in Victoria

The Bar and Lounge At The Goring
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The Bar and Lounge At The Goring

Classic cocktails in a refined environment.

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Boisdale
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Boisdale

Scottish-themed bar-restaurant with excellent whisky.

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Clarendon Cocktail Cellar
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Clarendon Cocktail Cellar

Venue says: “Join us for Aperitivo Time! Get £5 spritz cocktails and complimentary nibbles, every Monday to Friday, 4-7pm.”

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The Drunken Oyster
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The Drunken Oyster

Spritzes on tap and a good-value happy hour.

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3 out of 5 stars
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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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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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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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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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The perfect weekend in Victoria

See: Hamilton
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See: Hamilton

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on tickets, that is. 

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Sip: The Bar and Lounge At The Goring
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Sip: The Bar and Lounge At The Goring

Feel like drinking in Downton Abbey?

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Explore: Westminster Cathedral

Explore: Westminster Cathedral

An extraordinary facade of towers and domes.

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Find: Buckingham Palace
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Find: Buckingham Palace

It’s the ultimate tourist destination. 

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