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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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.
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.