Zone One is rarely as hospitable as it is in Pimlico. Despite being a few minutes away from the tourists of Buckingham Palace and the shopping of Oxford Street, Pimlico has retained a quiet, local feel. Full of pretty little squares and gorgeous Georgian townhouses, it’s the kind of place that has you asking what you have to do to live there. Still, if you’re in the area, make like a true Pimlico local and check out these hidden gems. Be warned – they may make you even more desperate to move in…
Breezy Bar and Restaurant with a Continental Feel
Housed in a beautiful former boozer, No.11 Pimlico Road is blessed with a fantastic space. Big, airy windows, bright green tiles and lots of plants and flowers give any lunch here an outdoorsy feel, especially in the summer. Head there for some brunch, and enjoy a selection of classics washed down with some crisp elderflower gin fizz. A great place to start the day.
High-Quality Chinese Restaurant
A. Wong is the kind of Chinese restaurant everyone wishes was on their road. Forget the local takeaway, A. Wong do justice to China’s incredibly diverse regional cuisines, so you can explore your way across the Orient with dishes like Sichuan Gung bao chicken and poached razor-clam with sea cucumber. At £38.88, the eight-course tasting menu doesn’t cost the earth, either.
Traditional Fish and Chip House with a Loyal Following
From tourists to lifelong Londoners, everyone loves fish and chips. Seafresh do the great dish justice with big portions of fish fresh from Billingsgate market. The cod is as meaty as you’d hope, served with stacks of fluffy chips, but there’s plenty more besides – shrimp, prawns, whitebait and calamari, all cooked to perfection. Locals swear by it and no wonder.
Top Gastropub with Rooms
Cute on the outside and easy on the eye within, The Orange is a excellent all-rounder, offering food, drink and a place to spend the night, too. Pop in to the bar for a drink and you’ll find a range of fine ales and classic cocktails. You can eat at the bar or head upstairs to the bright dining room and enjoy dishes featuring kid goat, smoked aubergine and Middle White pork loin. And, when you’ve finally eaten enough, climb into one of the king-sized beds and sleep it all off.
Traditional London Market
Every neighbourhood needs a local market, and Tachbrook Market is Pimlico’s. Covering a pedestrianised street, Tachbrook Market is full of both your traditional fruit ‘n’ veg stalls and some more exotic street food temptations. Beyond food, there’re vintage clothes and hipster odds-and-sods too.
Second-Hand Shop Led by Artists
Pimlico has long been a home to artists and Cave continues that fine tradition. Cave repurpose things that’ve been thrown away, from furniture to tools, with the resident artists giving them a makeover before selling them to customers. But it’s more than just a shop. Studio space, workshops, and drawing classes are all hosted here, giving Cave a true community feel.