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Pimlico Community

Central London Living

Pimlico. An area of London with a relatively recent history, having originally been uninhabitable marshland with some cultivation in the form of osier beds and as a market garden, mainly growing asparagus, cauliflowers and artichokes.In the early-nineteenth century the Victorian master builder, Thomas Cubitt, hit upon the brilliant idea of dumping the spoil from the newly excavated docks onto the Pimlico swamp and then building on it.

Centering his design around grand squares named Eccleston and Warwick, with St George’s arriving


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later (after a couple of name changes), Cubitt laid out his ‘Stuccoville’, so called for its classical-designed houses with white stucco fascias. Pimlico has remained essentially unchanged ever since Cubitt’s initiative in the 1840’s, although of course there had to be some localised and enforced alteration following the war; it suffered collateral damage as a consequence of its proximity to Victoria station and the Houses of Parliament.


 
After the squares, the two main residential areas are known as the ‘Grid’ – an area to the west of St George’s Drive that limits any through traffic with it’s baffling one way system – and ‘Moreton Triangle’, a triumvirate of quiet streets with its own village feel.There are more buzzing areas too, like Churton Street with an ever popular selection of restaurants and bars or Tachbrook Street with one of the last proper ancient London street markets to operate all week.

It’s not such as grand an area as its rich neighbours but Pimlico is nothing if not cosmopolitan and outdoes them all for convenience with tube stations never out of walking distance at Pimlico itself, Victoria and St James’s.