The Relocation Bureau

Buckingham Palace
St James Park
Houses of Parliament

Pimlico & Westminster

Also Includes

Victoria, St James' and Whitehall

Postcode Areas Covered

SW1

Our Summary

Our rating of Pimlico & Westminster

Set along the river, yet still close to the busy centre of London, these are areas that offer good housing at slightly less expensive prices than those found in the more fashionable districts. Popular with those looking for a pied-a-terre in the city, professional couples and families.

General Description

Westminster is situated along the river Thames and the area is most famous for the Houses of Parliament which are in a beautiful building fronting the river. It has never been a particularly popular residential area, but there are some lovely properties to be found tucked away. The area can become very congested with traffic and tourists alike, but by evening, it's a surprisingly quiet place to be.

Pimlico underwent a transformation during the 1980's and is now a popular place to live and tends to attract a high percentage of families as there are a good number of family homes available. Prior to this it was rather run down and was predominately made up of bed-sits and public amenity housing. The area of Pimlico immediately south of Victoria station does not have the same high status as neighbouring Westminster or Belgravia however can offer good housing options at lower costs.

St James' is considered a desirable and exclusive place to live and borders onto St James' Park whilst Whitehall is predominately made up of government buildings, with its most famous resident being the British Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

All areas are well served for transportation with the Victoria, Central, Northern, Jubilee, Bakerloo and District lines of the underground being represented in different parts of the region. Victoria main-line railway station and coach station are only minutes away and are central to the areas, whilst Charing Cross station is at the northern point of Whitehall and St James'.

Travel Times

From Westminster to... By Car By Train/Tube
Heathrow Airport 17 miles, 36 mins 39 mins (2 changes)
Gatwick Airport 28 miles, 60 mins 45 mins (direct - Victoria)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

Housing in these areas is a good mix of white stucco-fronted, red-brick Victorian through to modern buildings. A lot of period properties that have previously been used as offices have been re-developed into smart apartments which will vary in size from studios to 4 or 5 bedrooms. Family houses are few and far between within Westminster but are easier to find in Pimlico. Many ex-local authority properties are now privately owned and can offer good value for money.

Pimlico & Westminster
  To Purchase To Rent
Studio £300,000 - £900,000 £200 - £600 per week
1 bed £375,000 - £2,000,000+ £250 - £1500 per week
2 bed £450,000 - £1,000,000+ £350 - £2000 per week
3-4 bed £600,000 - £3,000,000+ £450 - £2500+ per week
5+ bed £1,500,000+ £2000+ per week

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.

Education

Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authority (LA) for the area is City of Westminster and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
www.westminster.gov.uk/schools-and-learning

State schooling in the area has standards that are generally above average with. There are only a couple of independent schools in the area so you will likely need your child to travel should you be looking at this option.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map

Key

  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

Westminster Council is the administrative authority responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
www.westminster.gov.uk
www.westminster.gov.uk/council-tax-service

The police authority for the area is The Metropolitan Police. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
content.met.police.uk/Home

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
illustreets.co.uk/explore-england

Shopping

Shopping in the area is fairly restricted, though the past few years have seen Victoria Street shopping area improved. Also, there is a nice little enclave of shops in Pimlico on Warwick Way with Tachbrook Street Market, across the road, on Monday to Saturday. There is also a London Farmers’ Market held on the corner of Pimlico Road and Ebury Street every Saturday.

You don't have to travel far to find some of the best restaurants, shops and entertainment in London.

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

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Leisure Facilities

The Queen Mother Sports Centre - offers a swimming pool, health spa, squash courts and gymnasium.
www.better.org.uk/leisure/queen-mother-sports-centre

The Curzon Cinema in Victoria Street - the nearest cinema, it has 5 screens and a beautiful lounge bar.
www.curzoncinemas.com/victoria

Local Attractions

Westminster Abbey – a grand display of beautiful architecture mixed with a rich and interesting history. The site of every royal Coronation since William the Conqueror in 1066!
www.westminster-abbey.org

Westminster Cathedral - not to be confused with the Abbey - an impressive building dating from the 1880's.
www.westminstercathedral.org.uk

The Houses of Parliament - home to the British government, and where you will find 'Big Ben' which is really the name of the bell that is behind the world famous clock.
www.housesofparliament.co.uk

Tate Gallery - home to British art from the 16th century to the present day.
www.tate.org.uk

Jewel Tower - is part of the Palace of Westminster and was built in 1365 for Edward III to house his personal treasures and one of the two surviving buildings. Westminster Hall - is the other surviving building from the Palace of Westminster which dates from 1099.
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/#?Place=Jewel tower

Buckingham Palace - the official residence of the Queen. Parts of the palace are open to the public.
www.royal.gov.uk/TheRoyalResidences/BuckinghamPalace/BuckinghamPalace.aspx

The Changing of the Guards – a ceremonial display that takes place at Buckingham Palace daily at 1130 from April until the end of June and alternate days for the rest of the year. Changing of the Guards at Horse Guards Parade is daily during at 1100 Mon to Sat and 1000 Sunday.
www.royal.gov.uk/RoyalEventsandCeremonies/ChangingtheGuard/Overview.aspx

St James Park - one of London's royal parks which are open to the public. Popular with tourists a stroll up The Mall gives you the best view of Buckingham Palace.
www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park

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