Pimlico Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Pimlico, Central London

Exceptional4.1

Living in Pimlico

A leafy and calm enclave in the heart of London, Pimlico is known for its regency townhouses, gardens, and historical significance - Sir Winston Churchill once called the area home. Pimlico is within walking distance to some of London's most important cultural landmarks, including Westminster Abbet and the Tate Modern. Pimlico has managed to stay somewhat under the radar, which has kept it a quiet residential area. 

Ratings

Exceptional4.1

Community

Local markets and family-owned restaurants set this residential area apart from tourist-centric Westminster. This is an area with a real neighbourhood vibe. 

Safety

Pimlico is generally considered very safe. Crime figures for the area tend to be high because they include Victoria Station. The ward containing Victoria Station is the only ward in the area that is "Above Average" rather than "Average" on the Metropolitan Police crime map. 

Parking

Parking can be tricky and becomes costly in a short period of time. Compared to the London average, not very many residents own a car. Many people who live in this area travel to work by bicycle. The area is within the congestion charge zone.

Nightlife

Though a serene area, Pimlico has its share of pubs and wine bars, with a couple of nightclubs. But with Chelsea and other nightlife destinations so near, Pimlico residents needn't worry about being forced to call it a night at 11:30pm.

Family Friendly

The majority of Pimlico residents are working aged, but the number of children indicates that it is, indeed, a family area. Pimlico is a safe, green, and central area, making it an ideal place for a family to live. The area schools have positive Ofsted ratings. The price tag is the most likely barrier to those wishing to establish a family home in this area. 

Pet Friendly

Pimlico is leafy, with garden squares and spacious homes. It is also close to several parks, including St James's, and lies along the Thames.  

Transport

Pimlico (Zone 1) is on the Victoria Line. Victoria is a major coach station, as well as rail station, and is connected to the Underground via the Circle, District, and Victoria Lines. Victoria is also the hub for the Gatwick Express, providing regular and quick transport to Gatwick Airport. Westminster is on the Circle, District, and Jubilee Lines. Just across Vauxhall Bridge is Vauxhall station, which is accesible via the Victoria Line and provides additional rail services. Many people who live in this area travel to work by bicycle.