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Victoria area guide

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

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.

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O'Sole Mio
Restaurants

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 happy hour daily, 5-8pm, with 25% off selected drinks, and all night on Sundays!”

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Pimlico Road Farmers' Market
Shopping

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
Theatre

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
Cask
Bars and pubs

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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