Situated in the heart of the capital and close to the bustling area of South Bank, Victoria is a hub of activity, but it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start. The area is a gateway to Belgravia and Chelsea, but here we suggest a few ideas for your time in the area.
Little Ben Clock
So you’ve checked out Big Ben…what next? How about paying his little brother a visit?
A miniature version of the famous tower can be found chiming away near Victoria Station.
But be warned, it is always set to Daylight Saving Time, as explained in the rhyming couplet Apology for Summer Time affixed to the body of the clock:
My hands you may retard or may advance
my heart beats true for England as for France.
One of the most striking but hidden churches in London can be found in Victoria. Westminster Cathedral is a wonder to behold – designed in the ‘Byzantine’ style, it is reminiscent of a fairy tale princess tower. The cathedral is home to the Westminster Cathedral Choir, and you might just catch them performing when you visit!
Just a short walk from Victoria and you can find yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Hyde Park. One of the greatest city parks in the world, it covers 350 acres of land – impressive for the center of a capital city!
Whether it’s sports such as boating, cycling or skating you enjoy, or you’d rather relax with a cup of coffee or a three-course meal, there is something for everyone in this haven of nature.
If you’re visiting Victoria, chances are you’ll be disembarking at Victoria Train Station. While you’re here make sure you take time to admire the historic ceramic tiles on the eastern wall of the passageway from Terminus Place which are adorned with an early map of London’s rail network.
The world-famous Orient Express also leaves from this station if you were considering taking a magical trip.
Two minutes from Victoria station you will also find Nova – a new foodie heaven housing some of London’s most exciting eateries and bars.
Want somewhere you can eat and drink your way across the globe with minimal movement or effort? Try Market Hall!
Situated in the abandoned arcaded bays of Victoria’s Terminus Place, it is situated across three floors and contains eleven kitchens, a coffee shop and three bars championing British-made beers and spirits.
Go to the theater
Two great theaters call Victoria home showing fantastic productions for all of the family.
Victoria Palace Theater is one of the most famous venues in the capital and is the stage for a diverse mix of shows.
The Apollo Victoria Theater is proudly named the home to famous theater production Wicked – the 5th longest running musical currently playing in the West End and seen by more than 9 million people in London.
Make sure you book in advance to set yourself up for a great evening of entertainment.
If you’re looking to immerse yourself even more in the arts, London’s cultural and creative district South Bank is a short walk from Victoria.
This area has been regenerated into a nucleus of entertainment and is home to national centers for art and culture such as the National Theater.
Here you can also take in the most incredible views that the capital has to offer by enjoying a ride on the London Eye.
And lastly, if you’re looking for a place to dine at the end of a long day head towards TOZI in Park Plaza Victoria for Venetian cicchetti (small plates) and classical Italian cocktails.
Inspired by the casual dining style of the Veneto region, TOZI prides itself on using quality, seasonal ingredients for dishes to be enjoyed in an informal setting.