London is an incredible city and is at the top of many people's travel bucket lists. There’s plenty of areas to choose from when you’re thinking about somewhere to stay on your visit, but we believe Pimlico is the best place to stay in London for sightseeing. With its location in Zone 1, Pimlico is right in the heart of the action, and so you’ll find that many of the city’s best sightseeing locations are right on your doorstep.
As well as taking a look at some of those a little further afield we’ve also browsed TripAdvisor and searched Expedia to find some great sightseeing locations right in Pimlico itself.
Why stay in Pimlico for sightseeing?
With leafy streets, beautiful architecture and just a stone’s throw from the centre, Pimlico is a great starting point for your stay in London. A 25 minute, picturesque stroll along the river Thames will see you gazing up at Big Ben, wandering the streets surrounding the Houses of Parliament or riding the famous London Eye for spectacular views of the city's skyline.
Take a 25 minute wander in the other direction, through the streets of neighbouring Westminster, and you’ll be waving at the Queen in Buckingham Palace or admiring the beautiful green spaces of Hyde Park and St James’ park (basically the Queen’s front garden!).
If your feet are a little tired or you fancy heading further into the city, then there are plenty of excellent transport links available. Pimlico station connects with the city’s underground train network via the Victoria line, you can ride an iconic red London bus with bus stops all over the area, or you can even travel in style on the
London river bus service on the Thames. We highly recommend getting a trusty Oyster card for your stay. This travel card allows you to pre-load credit onto it and will give you access to all of Transport for London’s travel network with a simple tap as you enter a station or as you climb on board.
So, Pimlico provides an excellent base that makes it easy to get around the city, but what about exploring the area itself?
There are plenty of great restaurants and cafes to try, we like the Regency Café for a proper full English breakfast, and the Boisdale restaurant for an evening of traditional Scottish fare with a little jazz alongside your after-dinner whisky. For something a bit more informal, there’s also a brilliant farmers market every Saturday morning offering stalls laden with fresh local produce, delicious baked treats and top-notch street food to try.
Architecturally, Pimlico, with its white stucco terraces surrounding leafy garden squares, has a definite ‘Mary Poppins’ charm to it and has been home to many famous faces throughout the years. Ebury Street, in its heart, is adorned with Blue Plaques marking its former residents who include Alfred Tennyson, George Moore, Michael Caine and Dame Edith Evans. Keep wandering, and you’ll find the plaque and statue to honour Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who composed his first symphony there in 1764.
Famous residents, leafy spots, delicious food, great architecture and easy reach to the centre of London? Pimlico really is sounding like the best place to be on your trip to London. But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve rounded up some of the top spots in Pimlico as recommended by other sites and visitors just like you!
According to TripAdvisor, the Tate Britain is ‘one of the top museums in London, and it’s located less than a 10-minute walk from Pimlico station. It is an absolute must-visit for lovers of British Art and Culture and features the most extensive collection in the world. Its permanent exhibitions showcase art from the 1500s through to the present day, featuring the artistic masterpieces of J.M.W Turner and John Constable to the outstanding contemporary works of Barbara Hepworth and David Hockney. Temporary exhibitions and an annual art commission also allow space for cutting edge modern art and design to feature, so there really is something for everybody.
According to Expedia.com Westminster Cathedral is a mesmerising neo-Byzantine masterpiece that is another must on your trip to London. Often overlooked by visitors in favour of Westminster Abbey, the Cathedral offers a fantastic example of the architectural work of John Francis Bentley and was designed in the late 19th century. Inside it features an enormous nave with impressive marble columns and stunning mosaics telling the stories of the bible and England’s conversion to Christian faith. Climb the 210-foot tower if you’re feeling energetic to capture a quick snap of the beautiful London skyline laid out before you.
According to TripAdvisor, Bessborough Gardens is a hidden oasis amongst the busy city. It’s a little smaller than some of the other Garden Squares in Pimlico, but that only serves to help its calm and quiet charm. Surrounded by those iconic London white terraced houses, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. Many visitors to the area have stopped off in the gardens on the way to Tate Britain from Pimlico station, a lovely leafy green detour providing a breath of fresh air on your travels.
St Georges Square
Our final TripAdvisor recommendation is for another green space, right in the heart of Pimlico. St Georges Square stretches down to the river and offers another respite from the busy London streets. Visitors have said it was the perfect place to walk off their jet lag and that it felt safe and clean and was enjoyed by walkers, picnickers and cyclists. With plenty of trees, pretty streets surrounding it and open spaces a-plenty it’s an excellent option for a stroll or time to relax when the Great British weather is in your favour.
With lots to see and discover in Pimlico and with great links to the rest of the city, you’ll need somewhere to rest your head at night. Basing yourself in one of our beautiful apartments at Dolphin Square, right in the heart of Pimlico (just next to St Georges Square in fact), is an excellent choice for your trip to London. Book now to experience the wonderful sightseeing locations in Pimlico and start your London adventure right.