Londons Hidden Gems – Pimlico

London’s Hidden Gems

 Pimlico City of Westminster

 

Pimlico is a popular residential area of quiet streets, stately 19th Century homes and comfortable hotels.

Surrounded by culture and history this cosmopolitan Central London  location has plenty to offer.

A mix of bustling vibrant restaurants frequented by locals alongside the tranquility, and calming influence of spectacular riverside scenery.

The area is well known for its Regency Style architecture and spacious Garden Squares.

Pimlico really does have it all!

Despite periods of regeneration it remains home to over 350 Grade II Listed buildings and  several Grade II Listed Churches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A survivor of  the Second World War, with much of its essential character in tact, the area clearly demonstrates  it’s truly metropolitan mix of old meets new with an emphasis on integration.

 

 

An abundance of chic restaurants, old school pubs, and scenic views of the Thames means you really are spoilt for choice .

The addition of waterside gardens and public footpaths creates additional  ambience and  atmospheric  opportunities to enjoy late evening sunsets aside the Thames.

An appealing prospect for all tastes.

 

Pimlico Gardens

A site of local importance for Nature Conservation

To visit take a short stroll from Tate Britain,or traverse the Grovesenor Road path, by the river from Vauxhall Bridge. In a few moments  you will stumble across the small but tranquil park known as Pimlico Gardens.

Opening  from 8am till dusk this riverside oasis of grass and trees contains seating areas and a drinking fountain. This  beautiful location allows ample opportunity for rest and relaxation. Home to the historically important marble statue of William Huskisson it is also a  place to reflect on our modern history.

Huskisson (1770-1830) was  a British Statesman, financier and Politician. Today probably best remembered as the first widely reported railway passenger casualty of 1830.

Huskisson attended the Ceremonial opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Standing by  the track he was  struck and fatally injured by Stephenson’s pioneering locomotive The Rocket.

His statue is a Classical marble creation by John Gibson, standing rather informally with a toe just poking over his inscribed plinth.

Wrapped in classical drape, wound  around his body and arms Toga style, he stands with bent neck gazing downwards over his exposed chest. Some say he appears as if in contemplation.

 

Politics  

As a result of it’s close proximity to The Houses of Parliament Pimlico quickly became a centre for political activity.

Prior to 1928 both the Labour Party and Trade Union Congress shared offices on Eccleston Square. It  was  from here that The General Strike was organised in 1926.

After a phase of re-development in the 1930’s the area quickly became popular amongst MP’s and Public Servants. For a period of time it became home to  Former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

Visiting Pimlico 

A great place to live or visit Pimlico offers magnificent properties and a wide choice of hotel accommodation. Good transport links make Pimlico a must see hidden gem.

A perfect short stay addition to  any  London break. Do try to drop by  especially when visiting nearby Chelsea or The Houses of Parliaments.

Though a little off the beaten track it holds a wealth of history and architectural design for the enthusiast. Relax and turn  back time with Grade II listed buildings, garden Squares and a plethora of bespoke eateries steeped in calm nostalgia. And don’t forget those fabulous views along the Thames.

As I say Pimlico Gardens is aways a must for me whenever visiting Westminster London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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