Like many areas in Zone 1, Victoria is defined by its transport terminuses – rail, bus, coach. The streets around them are crowded, dominated by backpackers, package tourists, passport applicants, commuters, theatregoers and various other scuttlers on their way somewhere else. Though the area is right next to Buckingham Palace, this is very much at the servants' entrance.
Victoria Street, the main drag linking Parliament Square to Victoria station, is full of chain stores and chain eats, with only the awesome and stripy Roman Catholic cathedral offering interest (to Catholics, architecture fans and those looking to enjoy the fabulous views from the campanile). For respite there's pretty St James's Park with its lakes and pelicans.