Pimlico Area Guide

Brief history to Pimlico

Pimlico has been described as magical and London's wallflower. This small area of Central and West London gets somewhat overlooked, yet it is full of secret gems. There remains a strong community spirit and many of the residents of Pimlico have lived there for generations. The area has over 350 Grade II listed buildings and several listed Churches these you will find in the designated conservation areas.

Pimlico was nothing but a marshy area alongside the Thames with not a great deal of enterprise except for a brewery, later to become the Watney's Stag Brewery. Mary Davies inherited the land as part of her dowry in 1666 and it was to be the legacy of her future descendants. The streets were paved by Thomas Cubitt during the early 1800's, commissioned by Sir Richard Grosvenor the 2nd Marquess of Westminster to develop Belgravia and Pimlico. Grand terraces of white stucco houses were built to form what we still see of Pimlico today.

Once named Ebury or 'The Five Fields' it wasn't until the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century that Pimlico got the name by which we associate with the area today. The change of name has been disputed throughout recent history but it appears to have been taken from a chap called Ben Pimlico, famous for his ale and tea gardens. The road leading to his brewery and tea gardens was known as Pimlico Path.

Today Pimlico is a centre of political activity, just minutes away from the Houses of Parliament and renowned for housing early 21st century political houses. Connected to the underground in 1972 the area has seen extensive regeneration since.

Types of Property in Pimlico

Pimlico is awash with stunning period properties, large five and six storey white stucco fronted terraces and squares. Some of which remain as single houses whilst others have been converted into apartments. There are newly built apartments at Grosvenor Waterside centred around the canal basin. The 1930s mansion blocks in Dolphin Square were much favoured by MPs and renowned to have been the largest block of flats in Europe.

Pimlico is one of the areas in Central and West London that retains its village feel, there's strong community spirit and residents have resided in the area for generations giving this small part of London increasing staying power.

Average rental prices

There is a variety of properties available in Pimlico, period conversions, purpose built apartments and luxury new developments. To rent a studio apartment in the area you will expect to pay in the region of £285.50 per week. For a one bedroom apartment you will expect to pay in the region of £861.25 per week and a two bedroom property you would expect to pay in the region of £1,309.50 per week.

Council Tax banding in the area ranges from A – £726.00 to H – £2,178.00. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Pimlico

The area attracts buyers from the UK, Europe and America. Young professionals love the area for its location and proximity to the city centre. Families too prefer the area with its community feel and accessibility making it the ideal place to live.

Winston Churchill has resided in the area as has Laura Ashley, Laurence Olivier and Charles de Gaulle.

What to do in Pimlico

Pimlico's main shopping areas are located on Wilton Street, you'll find a lively and vibrant market Monday – Saturday. Tachbrook Street has recently undergone extensive regenerative work, it is a great place to visit for vintage stalls and delicious street food.

Westminster Cathedral, London's only example of neo-Byzantine architecture is situated on Francis Street where you can take in the colourful mosaics and gorgeous marbles. Staying on the cultural trail the Tate Britain is one of the world's most prestigious museums and well worth a visit.

The vintage Regency Café is renowned for its breakfasts; the Seafresh fish & chip shop is a favourite with local residents seeking a quick fix supper. Celebrating its bi-centenary is Grumbles a traditional bistro in Church Street, Italian cuisine can be found on Gillingham Street at Tozi within the Park Plazza Hotel complex.

Why not soak in the sun and the sites via riverboat along the Thames? Services to Waterloo and Southwark run from Millbank Millennium Pier. There area has a dozen docking stations for the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme, a great way to get around the city and really feel the thriving atmosphere.


Pimlico is perfectly situated for access to all areas within the country's capital. Tube stations can be found at Pimlico station and Victoria Station is near to hand. Main bus routes on the No's 24, 360 and C10 with additional buses running along Vauxhall Bridge Road.

With development at Battersea Power Station a bridge connecting Nine Elms and St George's Square will soon be in situ.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

Notable Pimlico Primary Schools receiving the best Ofsted reports are Westminster Cathedral RC School, Burdett-Coutts & Townshend C of E School, St Vincent de Paul RC and St Matthew's. For Secondary Schools with 'Outstanding' Ofsted Reports: Pimlico Academy and The Grey Coat Hospital.

For more information on schools, colleges and universities in the area please visit our specified section here.