Westminster and Victoria are adjoining and confluent central London villages and lie within the City of Westminster.
The areas of Victoria and Westminster contain a number of important historical sites such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The Palace of Westminster (Big Ben and Houses of Parliament), Westminster Cathedral and Churchill War Rooms. Neither are traditionally residential areas, Westminster being famous for being London’s heart of politics and Victoria as being a soulless commercial area once dominated by government office buildings and a major train station.
However, Victoria has undergone significant re-development in the recent years, with new office buildings, the Cardinal Place shopping centre and numerous new build residential schemes including Kings Gate, Abell & Cleland, 55VS and Lend Lease’s mixed use development, Nova, now providing new focal points. Victoria is emerging as a smart new and vibrant neighbourhood with a very good provision of shops, restaurants and bars. The preferred addresses tend to be streets where there are blocks of mansion flats with lifts and long leases. Ashley Gardens, Cardinal Mansions and Carlisle Mansions are particularly sought after.
In contrast, Westminster contains an array of large Georgian and Victorian family homes which are steeped in historical significance. The preferred streets are Old Queen Street and Queen Anne’s Gate, some with views over St James’s Park, as well as the roads around Lord North Street.
Westminster and Victoria provide a good value address in the otherwise expensive SW1 postcode.
The Palace of Westminster
(Big Ben and Houses of Parliament)
Churchill War Rooms