Guide to Renting Property in Pimlico

Renting property in Pimlico, London SW1

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Why rent property in Pimlico?

Situated to the south west of central London, Pimlico is mainly made up of residential properties and is roughly delineated by Victoria Railway Station to the north and the River Thames to the south.

Pimlico is currently undergoing a steady process of high end regeneration with some of the finest riverside properties in London being built there. This investment has meant that Pimlico has become one of the best places to live in London: it is close to the shopping areas offered in Belgravia and Chelsea and just a short walk from the tourist attractions of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. There are also plans to build a foot bridge between Pimlico and the massive redevelopment of the former Battersea Power station. Yet despite all this development Pimlico has still managed to retain its village atmosphere.

Property in Pimlico

Recent developments in the area have made Pimlico a fashionable and sought after area in which to live. Occupying the postcode district SW1 in the London borough of Westminster, it is popular with wealthy professionals and international buyers looking for investment properties which they can offer as rental property in central London. The property in Pimlico is characterised by Georgian and Victorian terraced houses which have been converted into smaller houses and apartments, as well as purpose built mansion houses which also have been divided into apartments and studio flats. Pimlico is also home to a number of flats situated above commercial premises. Pimlico was built as a southern extension to neighbouring Belgravia and like Belgravia is known for its grand garden squares and regency architecture.

At the heart of Pimlico visitors will find an area protected by the Pimlico Conservation Trust in a bid to keep and maintain the unique and highly disciplined grid of residential streets that were laid down in 1825 by the area planner Thomas Cubitt. Pimlico is also home to the pre-war Dolphin Square development and the pioneering Churchill Gardens and Lillington Gardens estates, which have also now been designated as conservation areas in their own right. With over 350 Grade II listed buildings and several Grade II listed churches walking around Pimilico you will discover a wide range of well preserved traditional architecture cataloguing the developments of the area.

Alongside these traditional properties there are a number of converted buildings as well as some purpose-built modern buildings, in popular Pimlico streets such as Regency Street and Grosvenor Road which runs from Victoria, through Pimlico and into Chelsea.

Transport links in Pimlico

Residents of Pimlico benefit from excellent transport links with Pimlico London underground station giving access to the Victoria line, and the nearby Victoria tube stations providing access to District, Circle and Victoria lines. The mainline National Rail station at Victoria serves a good proportion of south east England, and Gatwick Airport, just a 15 minute train journey away.

History of Pimlico

In the early 1800s most of the land in Pimlico and neighbouring Belgravia belonged to the Grosvenor Estate, the property of the Duke of Westminster, who commissioned Thomas Cubitt to design and supervise the development of the land. This work was necessary in order to provide housing for the aristocracy and wealthy professional classes and building began in 1835 during the reign of William IV. Knowing who the likely residents of Pimlico during this time would be, Cubitt designed fine neo-classical society houses overlooking magnificent gardens which lead to Pimlico being regarded as "one of the finest quarters of the metropolis".

Due to its location close to Victoria station, Battersea Power Station and the bridges over the River Thames, Pimlico suffered heavy and sustained bombing during the Second World War and incurred extensive damage as a result. As peace returned to the area, the 1950s and 1960s saw a considerable amount of redevelopment in the area especially the Churchill Estate close to the river. Today this part of London attracts visitors as a quiet, residential area with the most beautifully preserved Georgian buildings.

Attractions in Pimlico

Pimlico Farmers' Market

One way Pimlico has managed to remain its village feel is through its weekly farmers' market. Every Saturday between 9am and 1pm, leafy Orange Square is transformed into one of the best farmers' markets in London providing the residents with the opportunity to meet and speak to stall holders and find out how and where the produce that they are buying is grown, as well as pick up handy cooking tips and recipes.

Tate Gallery

Regarded as a landmark of Pimlico despite technically being located within the ward of Millwark, the Tate Britain is a short walk from Pimlico underground station and displays five centuries of British art including Constable, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Hockney, Bacon, Freud and Moore.

Shopping in Pimlico

The retail facilities around Pimlico are excellent. As well as the usual local supermarkets and newsagents, there are a number of boutiques, niche shops, a vintage clothes shop and a small daily market at Artillery Place. There are more shops to be found along Victoria Street, at Victoria Place and at the newly opened shopping centre at Cardinal Place where you will discover a number of high street chains.

Restaurants in Pimilico


In an area known for pricey restaurants, this intimate restaurant serves freshly prepared Vietnamese cuisine at fair prices.

About Thyme

Located in the heart of Pimlico, About Thyme is often very busy with people attracted to its bistro style menu which uses produce fresh from the London markets. Diners at About Thyme can expect great tasting flavours straight from the ground, sea or field inspired by classic European recipes.

Vincent Rooms

Run by senior catering college students, the Vincent Room offers great food at low prices, and with former chefs including Jamie Oliver it is easy to see why it is so popular.

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