The area is becoming increasingly popular with tenants wanting to be close to both Pimlico and Westminster stations; both provide easy access to the city and Canary Wharf
What to know about Pimlico & Westminster
Since its launch in 2007, Marsh & Parsons Pimlico has built up a reputation for providing an unrivalled service to both landlords and tenants and is now recognised as the market leader in the area. Located on Warwick Way, our office has flats and houses to let in Pimlico.
Prices in the area are about 20 per cent lower than in neighbouring Chelsea and Belgravia. "The area is becoming increasingly popular with tenants wanting to be close to both Pimlico and Westminster stations; both provide easy access to the city and Canary Wharf," says Chris Coombes our lettings manager, "And because sale prices are lower than nearby areas, we have increasing numbers of buy-to-let investors, providing fantastic opportunities to companies and individuals. 'The Grid' remains popular, attracting families with children as the good local schools remain competitive" he says.
Pimlico sits on the northern edge of the River Thames in the lower part of Central London. The whole area was redeveloped in the mid 19th century and became the area we recognise it as today. Grand stucco fronted houses line the two main streets, Belgrave Road and St Georges Drive, with smaller houses in the same style making up a grid formation for the remaining area. Three iconic garden squares, Eccleston, Warwick and St George’s are highly sought after locations amongst those looking to rent in Pimlico.
Property types in Pimlico
Developed by Thomas Cubitt as a southern extension to neighbouring Belgravia, Pimlico is famous for its beautiful and imposing regency architecture. Many of the properties available to rent in Pimlico still exist as whole houses, whilst others have been turned into well thought out period conversions.
There are also a number of mansion blocks and serviced apartments which appeal to those looking for a safe haven in Central London. The close proximity of Pimlico to Westminster makes it a popular place to rent for politicians and civil servants. More modern high rise buildings and newly built riverside apartments offer sweeping views across the London skyline, providing a popular alternative to more traditional tastes.
So, what will you get for your money in Pimlico?
Marsh & Parsons, one of the area’s most diverse Estate Agents, has studio flats to let at prices ranging from £190 to £325 a week. One-bedroom flats to rent in Pimlico will cost from £325 to £550 a week, with two-bedrooms £425 to £700 a week, and a two-bedroom riverside flat costing a tenant from £700 a week.
Pimlico’s eventful history has directly affected the type of property that is now available, allowing the diversity in prices above. A large section of Pimlico below Lupus Street once consisted of the grand stucco-fronted houses that you see elsewhere, however due to severe bombing throughout World War II, much of this part of Pimlico was destroyed. In its place stands Churchill Gardens, now a conservation area with some Grade II listed buildings.
Whilst much of the property Pimlico is commercial office space (most of which is used by the government) a large proportion of residential property, particularly in Westminster and St James' is owned by the Crown Estate. Privately owned Victorian houses remain popular amongst those looking to rent in Pimlico, with prices starting from £750 a week rising to £3000 a week.
What else can you expect from Pimlico?
The streetscape of Pimlico has changed beyond recognition over the past decade. It now benefits from roadside cafes, restaurants, smart shops and all of the amenities one would expect for such a central location within London. Many of the small hotels and guest houses that were commonplace in Pimlico, are gradually being restored back into their original states as private dwellings.
Recent additions to Pimlico have been Pimlico Fresh, Dim T, Uno - a wonderful Italian restaurant, amongst a plethora of other chain and independent cafes and restaurants. One part of Pimlico that has become extremely popular is the Moreton Triangle, benefitting from a village feel with al fresco dining at a diverse range of restaurants.
The Schools in Pimlico reflect the diverse population. There are some very popular and well known State Schools, as well as being home to the very exclusive Westminster Under School and Eaton Square School.
The bars, restaurants and shops of Chelsea are also within easy reach of Pimlico's residents. Just five minutes away is London's most romantic restaurant, Poule au Pot, along with the shops of Sloane Square SW1, King's Road SW3 and Knightsbridge SW1. The theatres of the West End are also just five minutes away by taxi.
Green spaces in Pimlico
Pimlico is sandwiched in between a wealth of green open spaces with Battersea Park to the south and St James’ Park, the gardens of Buckingham Palace and Green Park to the north as well as the popular and picturesque riverside Victoria Tower Gardens on Millbank.
Transport in Pimlico
There are good transport links in and around Pimlico with London Underground services from the following stations:
Pimlico (Victoria Line, Zone 1)
Victoria (Victoria, Circle and District Lines, Zone 1)
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Victoria also offers National Rail services and is the second busiest railway terminus in London.
There is a good selection of bus routes in Pimlico & Westminster, for further information about bus routes in Pimlico please click here. For information about bus routes in Westminster please click here.
Riverboat services also run from Millbank Millennium Pier for services to Waterloo and Southwark.
Which London Borough is Pimlico in?
Pimlico is in the London City of Westminster Borough.
Click here for more information about council tax bands, parking permits and healthcare services in the borough.
How can I find out about schools in the Pimlico area?
For a comprehensive list of schools in the City of Westminster Borough please click here.