About the Area
Pimlico is a small district located in Westminster, in central London. Pimlico was originally designed as an extension of Belgravia, and the Victoria Railway Station connects these two districts. Pimlico is famous for expansive gardens and the buildings' Regency architectural style that was developed by John Nash (who also designed Buckingham Palace); this style of architecture became popular under George IV. Well-known people who have resided in Pimlico include former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, renowned actor Laurence Olivier, lawn tennis inventor Major Walter Wingfield, and Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda. Over 350 buildings in Pimlico are listed on the United Kingdom's Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The very centre of Pimlico consists of a residential zone that was originally designed in 1825, and now comprises the Pimlico Conservation Area.
Places Of Interest
Pimlico was primarily intended as a district for the upper-middle class, and the nearby Houses of Parliament made it a popular locale for political movements. Eccleston Square was once home to the Labour Party and Trades Union Congress, and the 1926 United Kingdom General Strike - consisting of 1.7 million workers - took place here. Around the end of the 19th century the area became a development site for low-income housing. During and after the Second World War, the development of Dolphin Square created a city-within-a-city consisting of over twelve hundred buildings. At the time, Dolphin Square was the largest apartment block in all of Europe, and it is now the area where many Members of Parliament reside. Pimlico is home to Churchill Gardens, a vast estate designed after the Second World War that replaced a war-torn industrial complex. The Regency Cafe, voted by Yelp users as the fifth best restaurant in all of London, makes its home in Pimlico just southeast of the Buckingham Palace Gardens. The Regency Cafe was also a filming location for Layer Cake, the 2004 crime thriller starring James Bond actor Daniel Craig. Pimlico is the setting for the 1940 film adaptation of the stage play Gaslight, from which the psychology term "gaslighting" is derived. For food enthusiasts, the Pimlico Road Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM in Mozart Square, at the intersection of Pimlico Road and Ebury Street. Popular offerings include fresh east-coast seafood, Chegworth Valley fruits and vegetables, and Essex oysters.
As Pimlico is located in the heart of London, there is ample public transit. The Pimlico Tube Station, a Zone 1 station, is on a route from Brixton to Walthamstow. Pimlico is accessible via the Victoria Line at Pimlico Station and the Victoria, Circle, and District lines at Victoria Station. Pimlico is connected by rail to the London Victoria Station, and three bus routes serve the area - Route 360, Route C10, and Route 24. The Millbank Millennium Pier operates riverboats to Southwark and Waterloo. Heathrow Airport is accessible by tube from Pimlico, though a transfer is required at Green Park. For cyclists, Pimlico has twelve Boris Bike docking stations. By road, Pimlico is accessible from the A302, Grosvenor Road, and the A202.