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Victoria is situated in the City of Westminster in the heart of London. It’s mostly commercial property and housing here, but if you know where to look you can enjoy a day out in Victoria.
History of Victoria
Victoria Station was named after Queen Victoria when it was built in 1861.
As the years have passed Victoria has become a smart neighbourhood but up until the 19th century it was known as the Devil’s Acre.
Full of crime, misery and poverty London’s poor gathered here to live. Authors of the time such as Charles Dickens referred to it as a dreaded area which was unsafe and unclean.
Today’s Victoria is a far cry from those times, but the area is still undergoing improvements to bring better transport and facilities to residents, commuters and tourists.
It’s an exciting place with young businesses and entrepreneurs moving in.
Landmarks in Victoria
Victoria’s most famous landmark is Westminster Cathedral. This is the seat of the Archbishop of Westminster and the Mother Church for Roman Catholics in England and Wales.
It’s the only example of neo-Byzantine architecture in London.
The area around Westminster Cathedral was originally a marsh that was reclaimed by Benedictine monks. The foundation stone was laid in 1895 and today you can visit to enjoy amazing views across London.
The Apollo Victoria is also worth a visit. In the 1930s it was an art deco cinema but today it’s a theatre hosting popular West End musicals.
A short stroll from Victoria takes you to Buckingham Palace and all the tourist attractions around it.
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Shopping and Eating in Victoria
There are plenty of street cafes catering for commuters around Victoria but the main shopping and eating area is Cardinal Place.
This is a modern shopping centre housed in a glass capsule.
All the chain stores are here including Marks and Spencer and Topshop, Wagamamas, Zizzi, and Nandos line the smart and clean walkways.
Cardinal Place sits astride the District and Circle Line tube tunnels that pass through the basement on shock absorbers.
If you don’t fancy a shopping centre take a short walk to Belgravia which is home to a wide variety of exclusive cafes, restaurants and shops.
Nightlife is relaxed and upcoming in Victoria. The Greenwood pub is worth visiting for a pint. It spreads over two floors with plenty of room.
On the top floor are five large screens showing the international sport.
If a sports bar is not for you try the Goring Bar and Lounge an understated opulent bar for intimate drinks and a relaxed atmosphere.
It’s the perfect place for quiet solitude or one on one company, and you can order a lobster sandwich if you’re feeling decadent.
Clubbers will enjoy the Qube Project, a basement club that opened in 2014 to provide space for Europe’s top DJs.
There’s a disco room and a garage room alongside the main room all with top quality sound and lighting systems.
Transportation Links in Victoria
Victoria is one of the best places for transport. Its listed railway station connects London to the rest of the UK and Victoria tube station is situated beneath it on the Circle and District Line, and the Victoria Line.
Terminus Place houses the bus and taxi station that can take you across all of London, and Victoria Coach station is within arm’s reach connecting long distance bus services across the UK.
Transport links are so good in Victoria there is no need to drive, but if you want to park London Victoria, Pimlico, or Belgravia Garage are your best bets.