Guide to Renting Victoria Property

Renting property in Victoria, London SW1

Residential Land specialises in high quality, privately-owned rental properties and we are delighted to offer some of the most well-maintained flats to rent in Victoria. Properties to rent in SW1 are chosen for their central location and close proximity to one of London’s busiest transport hubs.

Although we are essentially a landlord, our aim at Residential Land is to change the perception of the private lettings sector by offering properties in immaculate condition, backed by professional property management.

As London’s largest private landlord, we place transparency and fairness at the heart of our business, with self-regulation and membership to the British Property Federation and the Housing Ombudsman Service to enhance our services. Our flats to rent in Victoria are offered on flexible renting terms, furnished or unfurnished, and there are no agency fees to pay.

Why rent property in Victoria?

Victoria has long been associated with travel but the neighbourhood is fast changing to become a flourishing residential area that will benefit from the existing rail terminus, Tube line and coach station.

The swell of new builds and residential conversions are making Victoria a front-runner on the emerging markets scheme, with the new homes part of a wider £4 billion regeneration scheme. Victoria’s location is impeccable, nestling amongst Buckingham Palace, St James, Belgravia, Sloane Square and Westminster.

Flats to rent in Victoria appeal to home movers who like to be at the heart of Central London life - with shops, bars and restaurants all around and the ability to walk to many of the city’s biggest business, entertainment and retail districts.

Property in Victoria

Named after Queen Victoria, the neighbourhood is perceived to lack some of the period charm seen in places nearby such as Hyde Park, Westminster and Regent’s Park. A quick tour of the neighbourhood proves this theory unfounded. There are many beautiful five and six storey Victorian mansion blocks in and around Carlisle Place and Ashley Gardens, with some of the grandest period detail in London, as well as magnificent Grade II listed Edwardian properties lining Eccleston Street. There is even a conservation area protecting the Queen Anne houses in Birdcage Walk, Queen Anne’s Gate and Old Queen Street, and some fine red brick mansion blocks heading towards Westminster Cathedral.

Emerging quarters include the Arts and Crafts Millbank Estate behind Tate Britain and the Sir Edwin Lutyens-designed Page Street estate. Looking to the future, the Nova Building is Victoria’s biggest new property development, with over 170 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, as well as studios, characterising the bright future of SW1. Also new to Victoria is The Hansom Building, 55VS, No.1 Palace Street, Abell & Cleland House and Chapter Street.

Transport links in Victoria

Victoria train station is one of the best-connected in London, with 19 platforms and routes criss-crossing the capital and stretching into the Home Counties (Surrey, Sussex and Kent). The train station is also the departure point for the Gatwick Express, making it a favoured stop among frequent flyers. Additionally, there is speculation that Victoria would feature in any Crossrail Part II plans.

Victoria’s underground station - with its eponymous Tube line as well as the Circle and District lines - is set for a complete makeover, including a new entrance on Victoria Street. Victoria also has a prolific bus service, with 19 bus routes running through Terminus Place (five of which are night buses).

For travel beyond the South East, Victoria Coach Station is the place to head. From here you can travel by road as far afield as Aberdeen and Antwerp, with services to all major UK cities and into mainland Europe as well.

History of Victoria

It will come as no surprise that Queen Victoria was the influence behind the neighbourhood’s name. She lent her moniker to Victoria Street and the train station took its lead from there. Other streets - such as Cardinal Place - take inspiration from the close proximity to Westminster Cathedral.

Victoria is a small part of the City of Westminster and it doesn’t enjoy a grand back catalogue of historical references or noteworthy events. The Stag Brewery was Victoria’s primary focus in the 17th century and it was Victoria Station’s appearance in 1861 that helped lift the area out of poverty.

The neighbourhood featured slums, such as Devil’s Acre, which were noted by Charles Dickens. The 20th century was Victoria’s last boom era, when office blocks sprung up around the train station. The current £4 billion regeneration scheme is set to write a new, brighter chapter in Victoria’s history book.

Attractions in Victoria

Three theatres - The Apollo Theatre (17 Wilton Road), Victoria Palace Theatre (Victoria Street) and St James’ Theatre (12 Palace Street) ensure residents of SW1 are well served by thespians and theatrical productions.

Curzon Cinema - Victoria is the latest area to get a Curzon Cinema, located at 58 Victoria Street. The venue has five state-of-the arts screens with 4K projection and 3D capabilities, a lounge bar and a programme of events which includes cultural events and Q&A sessions as well as film screenings.

Secret roof garden - Its an easy attraction to miss but make a note to visit the Cardinal Place roof garden. Open seven days a week, this open green space is a great place to have lunch alfresco or catch screenings of seasonal events and live entertainment.

Little Ben - Little Ben is a Grade II listed scale model of the clock tower at The Houses of Parliament. First erected in 1892, the monument once again presides over the junction of Victoria Street and Vauxhall Bridge Road after it went into safe storage during the area’s renovation works.

ood market - Cardinal Place hosts a food market every Thursday between 12 noon and 3pm, bringing together niche producers, fresh ingredient stallholders and street food stalls.

Shopping in Victoria

Cardinal Place is the mall for a more upmarket shopping experience, with Boss, Hobbs, Hawes & Curtis, M&S, The North Face, Jones Bootmaker, Hotel Chocolat, Jo Malone, Molton Brown, Little Waitrose and Space NK housed inside a dramatically designed glass building.

Nearby is Victoria Place shopping centre - home to heavyweight High Streets brands such as Boots, Next, WH Smith, New look, Lush, Dorothy Perkins and Holland & Barrett, as well as a handful of specialist shops, such as International Cheese, Lola’s Cupcakes and Hema.

A visit to Upper Tachbrook Street reveals some wonderful on-off shops, including Rippon Cheese Stores and vintage clothing boutique Cornucopia, while the Tachbrook Street Market which runs Monday to Saturday sells fresh fish, meat, cheese, fruit, vegetables, household goods, women's clothing and a variety of hot food.

Restaurants in Victoria

Nova Food - The creation of the Nova Building has been the catalyst for a better dining and social scene in Victoria. The introduction of Nova Food - a new dining quarter featuring 18 ‘concept’ restaurants - has attracted interest from top chefs including Jason Atherton, Will Ricker of E&O and Adam White of Village East.

The Cinnamon Club - this fine dining Indian restaurant at The Old Westminster Library on Great Smith Street has been a favourite haunt of politicians over the decades. Book a table and you might be surprised at who your fellow diners are.

M Restaurant - This premium steakhouse and Asian-inspired restaurant within Victoria’s Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria Street, is the brainchild of former Gaucho managing director, Martin Williams.

Jamie’s Italian - The reliable Italian chain is a great place for weekday dining, located at 66 Victoria Street. The Victoria branch also features a deli.

Are you interested in viewing rental flats in Victoria and other central London locations? We would be happy to help. Contact our lettings team or have a quick look at our currently available apartments to rent in London directly on our website.


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