Four estate agents share their local knowledge of Victoria in this insiders’ guide to the area.

 

Words by Kate White

 

Alina Alexa, Lettings manager at Chestertons Westminster

 

Favourite local restaurant?

Goya, the Spanish restaurant on Moreton Triangle for tapas; Kazan, the Turkish on Wilton Road; Sri Suwoon on Hugh Street for Thai food; and the newly opened Ivy on Victoria Street.

Best place to grab a coffee?

I go to Pimlico Fresh for a nice cup of coffee.

Favourite place to chill out?

St George’s Square for a picnic lunch. Also St James’s Park.

 

Tell us about a hidden local gem.

Tachbrook Street Market with its variety of shops and cuisines. The beautiful streets of the Pimlico grid and Thomas Cubitt’s statue on Denbigh Street.

Best thing about Victoria?

The location and community feel. It combines the amazing location for transport with the buzz around the station and Cardinal Place and the quiet village feel that Pimlico offers.

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Matthew Morton-Smith, Head of Savills Westminster

 

Which local restaurant would you recommend?

The Cinnamon Club on Great Smith Street; fantastic food with a brilliant atmosphere.

Best place to grab a coffee?

Chez Antoinette at Buckingham Green – a traditional French-style “home kitchen” cafe with amazing breakfast pastries, particularly the praline brioche!

Tell us about a hidden local gem

The Tower Viewing Gallery at Westminster Cathedral. It’s 210 feet above the hustle and bustle of street level and there is an extraordinary view across London from within the landmark building.

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Susannah Odgers, Associate, Knight Frank Belgravia & Westminster

 

Favourite local restaurant?

Osteria Dell’ Angolo on Marsham Street.

It’s a fabulous Italian that looks pretty unassuming from the outside but is well worth a visit as the food and the wine list are excellent.

Best place to grab a coffee?

Iris & June on Howick Place (pictured).

It’s a great independent coffee place and the perfect spot to catch up on emails in peace or have a chat with a client face-to-face.

Favourite place to chill out?

Victoria Tower Gardens for greenery and river views. A stroll down Queen Anne’s Gate and Old Queen Street and then into St James’s Park, or the Curzon cinema on Victoria Street.

Tell us about a hidden local gem.

St John’s Smith Square is an established music venue, but the Footstool restaurant underneath it is often overlooked and is great for a coffee or quick lunch.

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Edna Hunter, Director of Hunter Estates.

Which local restaurant would you recommend?

We have an excellent Italian restaurant next door to our office on Rochester Row called 2 Amici, which is much-loved by residents.

Another favourite is The Other Naughty Piglet at The Other Palace theatre.

Best place to grab a coffee?

Iris & June is a fantastic spot. It’s modern and airy, the coffee is great and it’s not too loud.

Favourite place to chill out?

The Goring hotel garden, a haven just behind Buckingham Palace Road yet a short walk from the station.

It’s a great place to enjoy cocktails and even a game of croquet in the summer.

Tell us about a hidden local gem.

Redwood & Feller, the bespoke tailors on Rochester Row.

They’re a gentlemen’s tailors who will also do alterations.

They did a wonderful job on a delicate evening dress.

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