London Victoria Station has historically dominated the fabric of the neighbourhood, leaving it lacking a sense of community. Up until relatively recently, the Victoria area was little more than a major transport hub, a busy interchange where commuters, tourists, and travellers converged before continuing to their intended destinations.
This is changing. An ambitious regeneration programme – which is still being rolled out – has largely contributed to the transformation of Victoria and the area immediately surrounding the train and coach stations. Architecturally striking buildings have risen up from the ground, new cafes, eateries and restaurants have opened their doors to trade alongside offices, while the emergence of ultra-modern residential developments have all helped to invigorate the Victoria district.
Property buyers, renters, and investors are turning to Victoria estate agents Best Gapp as they realise Victoria’s growing potential. Victoria certainly has a lot to offer. Here’s our guide to this dynamic district.
Where is Victoria?
Victoria is a district within the City of Westminster in central London. It sits centrally within the SW1 postcode area surrounded by Belgravia, Pimlico, Westminster, and within a short walk of Green Park and St James’s Park. Victoria is close to some of London’s best-known landmarks, including Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
Predominantly known for London Victoria Station and Victoria Coach Station, the area is otherwise dominated by offices, commercial property, retail outlets and, increasingly, private residences, restaurants, trendy eateries and cafes.
Property in Victoria
Property in Victoria ranges from flats in red-brick mansion blocks, well-preserved Queen Anne townhouses near to Birdcage Walk, modern luxury apartments closer to Victoria Station, and a handful of new residential developments. This includes Nova, a mixed-use scheme, No. 1 Palace Street, an achingly glamorous development comprising luxury flats and penthouses, and Abell & Cleland House.
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Transport in Victoria
There are few London districts better served by public transport than Victoria. London Victoria is a busy mainline station offering links to Gatwick Airport, Kent, Sussex, and large parts of the south of England. Victoria’s Underground station is on the Victoria, District, and Circle lines, while Victoria Coach Station, is the largest coach station in London. The Victoria area is also served by London Buses which operate from Victoria bus station.
What are the schools like?
Westminster School, described as one of the UK’s ‘leading academic schools’, is in the vicinity. As is the well-regarded Westminster City School, a secondary school for boys. Grey Coat Hospital, a state secondary school for girls, has a towering reputation, while the St Peter’s Eaton Square C of E Primary School has received consistently high ratings from Ofsted.
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What about entertainment?
You won’t get bored in Victoria, not least because the rest of central London is on the doorstep. Victoria Palace Theatre on Victoria Street remains an active force, and is currently hosting productions of Hamilton, a sell-out musical sensation. The Apollo Victoria Theatre on Wilton Road is also a credit to the area and is home to Wicked the musical. Victoria’s nightlife is burgeoning, with bars, cafes, and pubs thriving, while the West End is only a short walk away.
Parks and leisure facilities
Though an urban location, Victoria boasts many garden squares and smaller green spaces, including Eccleston Square and Eaton Square Gardens. Victoria also enjoys proximity to Hyde Park, St James’s Park, Green Park, and Buckingham Palace Gardens. A host of leisure activities take place within the parks, and there is ample opportunity to cycle, walk, run, swim (The Serpentine Lido is open during the summer months) and even horse ride (in Hyde Park).
Did you know? Fun facts about Victoria
Every corner of London has its own unique history, and Victoria is no different. Whether in fiction or reality, there’s many things you might not know about Victoria:
- Victoria has its own ‘Little Ben’, a miniature clock tower which bears a resemblance (though not in size) to the more famous ‘Big Ben’. First erected in 1892, it was later removed in 1964 but then reinstated following restoration in 1981. The clock celebrates the Anglo-French relationship and features the inscription:
‘My hands you may retard or may advance
my heart beats true for England as for France.’
- Victoria Station is mentioned in Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest, where it’s revealed the eponymous character Earnest was adopted after being discovered as a baby in a handbag in Victoria Station.
- The Victoria Line first opened in 1968 and was the only new tube line to open since 1907. When digging commenced under Victoria, workers unearthed six fossil nautiloids estimated as being 50 million years old.