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Victoria isn’t an area per se, it’s simply just a station. However, many people do look to it as some form of locality particularly now its developing into its own Quarter and so we’ll treat it as such.
Essentially we are talking about the areas bordering Victoria Street. To the south are the huge Victorian mansion flats in roads such as Carlisle Place, Morpeth Terrace and or course the renowned Ashley Mansions in Thirleby Street. These are luxurious red brick buildings housing extremely generous flats that are very much of that age but still popular today.

To the north there is essentially a mix of modern apartment buildings muddled in with some quaint and even historic houses, mostly around Palace Street.

But Victoria is mostly known for its Street. Victoria Street a prime shopping street leading from the station up to Parliament Square. The grand old lady of the area has always been the Army & Navy (now House of Fraser) department store, located at the junction of Artillery Row and this, until recent times, has been the main draw.

Of late, a shopping revival of sorts has occurred with the creation of Cardinal Place – a major development opposite Westminster Cathedral and an enormous undertaking comprising a shopping arcade with cafés and restaurants dividing two spectacular glass-walled buildings. Here you can find the likes of Marks & Spencer, Molton Brown, Zara, Monsoon, L’Occitane, TM Lewin and Jones bootmaker. It is a pleasant environment centred on a public piazza and has been immediately popular. www.cardinalplace.co.uk


Victoria rail station or London Victoria to use its official title was opened in 1862 and is one of the main London termini serving Kent, Surrey and Sussex, in addition to being the departure point for the Gatwick Express and the more famous Orient Express. It processes over 60 million journeys every year and utilises 19 platforms. Victoria underground station is adjacent, again one of the busiest and serves the circle line, the district line and of course the Victoria line.

Nearby is the third Victoria station, the coach station in Buckingham Palace Road. It is the largest and most significant coach station in London serving all parts of the UK, as well as mainland Europe.

More recently a Business Improvement District (or BID) has been established in Victoria.  The BID, first of all does much to confirm Victoria as a named location but its core intention, on the back of the redevelopment of Victoria station, is to ‘provide a platform for businesses to work together to improve and enhance the urban context of Victoria’.  Very much guided by businesses and organisations based within the SW1 area, the Victoria BID team has been put in place to help shape Victoria’s future development, to grow the local economy and  to promote the regeneration of the area so that becomes an important central London business district.

The BID’s aim is to make Victoria, not only a better place to work and play in but also to enhance the SW1 area as a primary destination for visitors to London.  It’s an ambitious project but has substantial financial clout behind it and many of the early initiatives have already been achieved successfully.