Currently undergoing significant regeneration, Victoria is a vibrant neighbourhood in the heart of the capital, buzzing with new retail outlets and restaurants, whilst also being home to many internationally renowned companies and brands. It forms just part of the wider neighbourhood of Westminster, which is also home to a wealth of cultural attractions including Tate Britain, Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster (more often referred to as the Houses of Parliament) and a host of government ministries that line Whitehall. Hidden away from its main thoroughfares can also be found some of London’s finest streets of Queen Anne and Georgian houses. And for respite there is pretty St James’s Park, essentially the Queen’s front garden, which is leafier than Green Park, with the added bonus of a lake and pelicans.
There are excellent transport connections from Victoria Station, with train services for Gatwick Airport and the south, as well as London Underground connections east and west (District and Circle Lines) and north and south (Victoria Line). Pimlico, Westminster and St James’s Park also have their own underground stations, and there are jetties too for the river taxis travelling the Thames to the City and Canary Wharf.
So whilst it may not be thought of as a residential neighbourhood, it is becoming ever more so as new developments continue to spring from the ground, and residents from its more expensive neighbour Mayfair look for cheaper opportunities here. Consequently politicians are being replaced by hedge fund managers, entrepreneurs and business people.