Pimlico

This underrated and overlooked central neighborhood presents an austerely casual alternative to inner-London's louder destinations.

Located in the heart of London, Pimlico’s brick townhouses and white stucco facades hug its well-planned streets. The bowed windows of its cafes and taverns look across genteel scenes—Anglican churches, private homes, and pristine gardens capture Pimlico’s envied restraint. Underrated and often overlooked, Pimlico augments its refined culture with casual conveniences like farmer’s markets, and easy access to high-class institutions like Millbank’s Tate Britain museum.

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On the Map

Pimlico is within City of Westminster and bordered by Vauxhall, Millbank, Belgravia, Nine Elms, Westminster, Chelsea, Battersea, RB of Kensington and Chelsea, LB of Lambeth, and LB of Wandsworth

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The London Eye: 25 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 26 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 70 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 50 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 22 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 26 minutes on the tube

Quiet and Stylish Retreat In Central London

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Predominately residential, Pimlico boasts Regency architecture and well-planned streets.

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Grand terraced homes surround secluded garden squares and contribute to Pimlico's village feel.

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The neighborhood's high street is enlivened by local pubs, cafes, and shops.

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The close proximity to Victoria and to several bus routes makes getting around very simple, and there are many restaurants, pubs and shops very close by. Pimlico is a pleasant neighbourhood, very buzzy, and I felt perfectly safe coming home late by public transport."

Kay

Visited in 2013

Shops and Spots on Every Corner

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Cozy up in one of Pimlico's easygoing pubs or cafes, and it becomes instantly easy to forget that you're steps away from landmark neighborhoods like London's Westminster.

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Pimlico Road leads into its sister neighborhoods, Belgravia and Chelsea.

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High-end shopping is plentiful in Pimlico.

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This is a great neighbourhood, close to Battersea Park, see the Buddah, Rose garden and Pump House Gallery there. You will be close to the Tate Britain and Saatchi Galleries for culture and The Kings Road is a "stone's throw" for trendy shopping and the farmers' markets."

Everyday Life

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Locals head to the lively Tachbrook Street Market for their grocery shopping. Fruit and vegetable stalls, fish mongers, and butchers sell their goods Monday through Saturday.

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Pimlico's community supports their neighborhood's down-to-earth atmosphere.

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Tate Britain: Home of British Art

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Tate Britain is the grandfather of The Tate museum group. The museum exhibits British art dating from the 1500s.

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Get inspired wandering through its galleries.

The High-Rise Side of Pimlico

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Vestiges of Pimlico's post-war redevelopment evidence themselves in the buildings that surround the neighborhood's high street.

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Pimlico has redeveloped several derelict spaces in the last decade, and architectural renovations along Peabody Avenue have been heralded as top-notch urban regeneration endeavors.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rebecca Duke has been working as a photographer for the last decade, after attending Central St Martin’s in London. Her work focuses on people, interiors and travel and has been published in The Sunday Times, Elle Decor and Conde Nast Traveller. Rebecca travels frequently for her work but loved working in her hometown of London for this project. London’s friendliness about this work took this ‘true Londoner’ by surprise.

Rebecca Duke

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