Running along the northern bank of the Thames to the west of Westminster, Pimlico is an ideally-placed residential district right in the heart of London.
Our serviced apartments in Pimlico are well located in this popular residential district close to Westminster, and also ideal for the transport connections found at nearby London Victoria. The northern tip of the district actually borders the station and encapsulates Victoria’s Apollo Theatre. Architecturally a beautiful part of the city, it’s full of stunning Regency architecture and pleasant garden squares. The heart of the district is actually a conservation area. Business travellers using our Pimlico corporate accommodation are likely to find themselves using the connections at nearby Victoria. Pimlico does have its own tube station though on the Victoria Line, and Vauxhall Bridge Road, which forms Pimlico’s eastern border, and is one of the major routes through London.
The former home of Winston Churchill, Pimlico has a relatively murky history. Tradition says the residential area received its name from a man called ‘Ben Pimlico’. However, it was the developments of Thomas Cubitt in the early nineteenth century which saw Pimlico grow. He generously compensated the gardeners who lived in the area and began to remove the risks which were associated with land restricted by a floodplain status. Alongside the rich developments of Belgravia, Cubitt then laid out the street and squares of today’s Pimlico. After a lot of shuffling around, and even some undermining of Cubitt’s plan after he died, Pimlico started attracting the more discerning residents who were attracted to its wide street and green squares.
Then followed a twentieth-century ‘wave’ of development, essential for accommodating an area brimming with political activity and parliamentary figures. One of the more significant developments was the opening of Dolphin Square block of flats in 1937. Pimlico was also left relatively unscathed by the impacts of World War Two, allowing developments to continue. This includes the installation of one of the first district heating systems in the 1950s and the area’s connection to the underground in 1972. Nowadays, Pimlico is reaping the benefits of these developments. Consisting now of a social mix, and a pleasant combination of niche restaurants and lovely green space. Guests staying in Pimlico aparthotels can appreciate first-hand these developments and the attractive place the area has become.
Practical business and relaxing leisurely travel come hand-in-hand when relocating to Pimlico. Despite clear luxurious similarities compared with other nearby London neighbourhoods, Pimlico prides itself as a more affordable version. It is also particularly quiet in comparison. This entices a wealth of professionals to choose Pimlico as a place to get away from their hectic business lifestyles elsewhere in London. Consequently, therefore, the nightlife scene ultimately suffers.
Another obvious appeal though to the largely young professional population is the transportation benefits the area offers commuters. Especially attractive is Pimlico’s links with the Victoria underground line. Conveniently, guests booking stays through SITU can base themselves in Pimlico corporate housing just outside Pimlico and Victoria stations.
It’s hard to understate just how pleasant an area this is for somewhere so central in a major capital city. First off, the retail facilities here are fantastic. There is a range of distinctive boutiques, niche clothes shops, pleasant eateries and a small daily street market on offer. In terms of attractions though, the Tate Britain and Buckingham Palace are both close by, while the iconic Battersea Power Station is visible just across the River Thames.
Tate Britain may as well be the landmark of Pimlico. Even though it is just outside of the area’s official ‘borders’. Belonging to a network of galleries, Tate Britain is amongst the top ten most visited museums in the UK. It displays the largest collection of British art worldwide, covering over five centuries of history. The exhibits here are fascinating and well worth a visit. Alternatively, perhaps the next most significant building in Pimlico is the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Here guests can enjoy lively, eccentric live performances, perfect for families or groups of friends.
Travellers can also venture from the comfort of their Pimlico furnished housing and relax at the several public spaces in the area. On either side of Pimlico station to the south, there is both St George’s Square and Bessborough Gardens, whose clean green spaces are closed off from the streets by beautiful, towering trees. Below them though is Pimlico Gardens, which is particularly popular for its views of the Thames and the Vauxhall Bridge. All in all, each of these gardens can enable corporates a chance to relax within a busy business schedule.
Overall, despite Pimlico’s small, neighbourhood size, this London residential area has much to offer the relocating traveller, regardless of if they are staying in Pimlico extended stay apartments or short-term accommodation. It is the commuter-based lifestyle which ultimately makes the area one of the more popular to relocate in London.
Pimlico sits between three of the UK’s and London’s biggest airports. The closest are London Heathrow (LHR) and London City (LCY) airports, which are an approximate forty minutes’ drive away. London Luton (LTN) airport, on the other hand, is just over an hour away by car.
All of these airports are accessible by bus or train services to nearby or on-site stations. Airport transfer services can also be organised from SITU’s Pimlico city apartments.
Within the Pimlico ‘boundaries’ is the only London Underground station, Pimlico Station. Opened in 1972, the station is a stop along the Victoria Line, based a few minutes’ walks away from the district’s centre.
The closest overground railway station to the Pimlico residential area is Victoria Station, just on the outskirts. Victoria Station also doubles up as an underground too, running along the Circle, District and Victoria Lines.
There are at least six bus routes which run through stops in the Pimlico area and around Tate Britain. From these stops, buses run to Camden, Hampstead Heath, West End, Westminster, Clapham, Brixton, Lewisham, Wimbledon, Kingston, Peckham and Queen’s Park.
Contactless or debit card payments are accepted for these bus fares. Passengers can also invest in a pay-as-you-go Oyster Card to use on as many journeys as they please.