Pimlico Neighbourhood in London: The Student Guide!
Are you deciding where to live in London as a student? Pimlico is a popular student neighbourhood, as it is a quiet and residential area, well connected and with an upscale feeling. However, rental rates tend to be below London’s average. We tell you more about it in this neighbourhood guide!
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Located in Greater London
Pimlico is considered a central-outer part of London, pretty close to Buckingham Palace and bordering River Thames on its southern part. It’s located in Greater London, within Westminster borough.
Nice residential neighbourhood in London
Whilst living in Pimlico you’ll get a sophisticated feeling. Brick houses and white stucco homes four to six storeys high stand along pretty quiet roads, old churches and small private garden squares. You may also find other more common buildings of course, but the atmosphere still remains very British.
Local families and young professionals live in this residential and quiet neighbourhood for students in London. They frequent cozy pubs of arched windows during the day and at night.
Eating out in Pimlico
Variety is what best describes the offer at Pimlico neighbourhood. Whether you’re looking for a British traditional pub (such as Grumble) or want to discover new food styles, you’ll find somewhere here to suit your needs and your budget. Some examples are the Spanish tapas served at Goya Restaurant, the Italian tiramisu of Gastronomica, or the vegetarian takeaway option Veg as You Go.
Daylesford Organic. Source: Herry Lawford (www.flickr.com)
The Orange is one of the most upscale restaurants in Pimlico. If you go inside, you won’t be able to forget its relaxed atmosphere and fine cuisine.
A typical night out in Pimlico involves dining in a cozy gastrobar and having some drinks after that. If you want to do as locals do, try out the wide variety of ales at Cask Pub and Kitchen, fresh food and tasty drinks in The Warwick or the local specialities at The Marquis of Westminster.
Cask Pub and Kitchen. Source: Ewan Munro (www.flickr.com)
Pimlico neighbourhood’s facilities
Don’t miss Pimlico Farmers’ Market, which takes place every Saturday morning in Orange Square. It’s not a bad idea to write this event down on your agenda if you like to try organic fruits and vegetables, delicious seafood, poultry or amazing cakes! Tachbrook Street Market is another (daily) option to fill your pantry…or your wardrobe…or your living room. Plus, there are several supermarkets in the area.
Pimlico Farmers’ Market. Source: www.blog.londonfieldsshoppe.com
Daylesford Organic is another must in the area if you like to eat organic. You can buy fresh products or sit down and choose dishes from their menu!
Pimlico neighbourhood in London is a good place to go if you like to follow the trend of finding original vintage products. If you’re keen on second hand objects, Retromania is definitely worth a visit (don’t forget your wallet or you’ll regret it!). And Lassco hosts antiques to gaze in awe. Other type of businesses you can find in the area are perfumeries, pastry shops with cupcakes, florists…
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Are you thinking about staying fit whilst living in London? Well, you’ll be glad to know that there are several private gyms in the area. You can choose to do sports nearer home or rather exercise at your university.
Private gardens are a distinctive characteristic of this area. If your flat doesn’t have one, just head to Bessborough Gardens, or Warwick or St. George Squares to feel closer to nature. But if you’re looking for a really vast green area to relax, you may reach Hyde Park, which is within cycling distance from Pimlico. Remember as well that this neighbourhood is just facing River Thames!
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Cultural offer and attractions
This is a pretty residential neighbourhood in London, so most cultural offer and attractions nearby are in fact located outside this area, within walking distance.
For instance, Pimlico is perfect for theatre lovers! Choose amongst The Royal Court Theatre, Apollo Victoria Theatre, Victoria Palace Theatre or St. James Theatre (or try them all, why not?). And if you prefer the smell of popcorn, the Curzon Victoria Cinema is a great option for a Friday evening!
Tate Britain. Source: www.manss.com
Other popular places nearby are Westminster Cathedral and Buckingham Palace, surrounded by magnificent gardens.
Pimlico Library is open 7 days a week and has free wi-fi access. It’s not a big library, but it provides good service to the area.
Pimlico Tube Station connects the neighbourhood with the rest of the city, in addition to the London Victoria Train Station, whose Gatwick Express Train connects you to Gatwick Airport.
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The distances from Pimlico to the main universities are:
- University of London and University College of London: they are at a 30 minutes distance going underground (Victoria Line).
- Middlessex University: is about 50 minutes away going underground (Victoria-Northern Lines).
- London Metropolitan University: is 30 minutes away going underground (Victoria-Piccadilly Lines).
- University of East London (Stratford Campus): is 50 minutes by the tube (Victoria-Central).
The city centre is 20 minutes away travelling underground in Victoria and Piccadilly lines, from Pimlico to Piccadilly Circus station.
The average rental rate for this area is £447pw for a single bed apartment. Would you like to find housing in London around Pimlico? Beroomers can help you out!
Short and sweet
- Atmosphere: quiet residential neighbourhood with beautiful white stucco homes.
- Location: within Greater London, next to Thamesis River.
- Residents: local families, young professionals and students.
- Facilities: plenty of pubs and restaurants, street markets, vintage shops, art galleries, theatres…
- Transportation: Pimlico Tube Station and London Victoria Train Station connect the neighbourhood with the rest of the city. The city centre is 20 minutes away. The distance to universities is:
- University of London and University College of London: 30 minutes going underground (Victoria Line).
- Middlessex University: about 50 minutes away (Victoria-Northern Lines).
- London Metropolitan University: 30 minutes (Victoria-Piccadilly Lines).
- University of East London (Stratford Campus): 50 minutes (Victoria-Central).
- Rental rate: the average rental rate for a single bedroom flat is £447pw.
- Area of London: Greater London, in SW1V postcode (Westminster borough).
Source: Rodrigo Galindez (www.flickr.com)
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