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A Luxurious Guide to Victoria

In it’s previous incarnation, Victoria wasn’t particularly luxurious. It was a hub for business people who would leave their offices at lunch time to grab a sandwich from Pret, maybe have a drink in the pub post-work but would then leap on the train home to get out of the city. Victoria, does of course have fantastic transport connections, with a large train station housing the underground, national rail and the Gatwick Express. The National Express coach station can also be found in Victoria; it really is basically the centre of the universe ;).

But now Victoria is so much more than a train station… the bland restaurants (Pizza Express, Ask and Prezzo) are all gone… generic shops have closed and Victoria has turned into a luxurious destination that I really urge you to visit. With that said, here is a list of my favourite places to go!

Top Restaurants

UNI


UNI probably takes the top spot for my favourite restaurant in Victoria. Mr S and I were so excited when a place serving Nikkei food opened in the local area. The restaurant is small, cosy and intimate and serves incredible sushi and ceviche, it’s perfect for a date night.

 

Also check out the sushi and cocktail masterclass, it’s really good fun!

Kouzu

Word about this fantastic sushi restaurant spread very quickly, and it’s no surprise as the food is incredible. I loved both Kouzu and Uni, but the difference between them is that the food at UNI has Peruvian influences where Kouzu is a Japanese restaurant with an omakase sushi bar.

The chef previously worked at Zuma and the Arts Club and runs the kitchen of all-Japanese staff.

Bank

Bank has been a favourite of our family ever since moving to Victoria, my dad loves the ribs so much that he’s been know to order them for both starter and main course. The main restaurant is located in a pretty conservatory and looks out onto a quiet courtyard. You’d almost think you weren’t in London! The food is Modern European with a large selection of British beef, all cooked on a wood burning grill using lump wood charcoal. The restaurant’s bar, Zander, is the longest in London so head there for a cocktail first.

Blue Boar

Blue Boar is another favourite of our family and serves British food using fresh regional ingredients, including farm sourced meat and seafood from Devon. The restaurant also has an excellent free-flowing brunch, the next one being on Easter Sunday. That’s all you can drink Bloody Marys and mimosas plus an unlimted dessert buffet!

Tozi Restaurant and Bar

When Tozi opened a couple of year ago, it made a great addition to the dining scene in Victoria. With a menu serving Venetian cicchetti, a fab dining room with a buzzy environment, and prosecco on tap, you can’t really go wrong!

Other great restaurants to check out include: Noura (Lebanese), Kazan (Turkish), Olivo and Olivomare (both Italian). Also I’ve not yet been but I’ve heard great things about Quilon (a Michelin-starred Indian), A Wong (Chinese), Boisdale (Scottish) and Adam Handling at The Caxton.

Pubs and Bars

The Orange

Our absolute favourite pub in the Victoria / Pimlico area is The Orange. Mr S thinks that they serve best Sunday roast in London, but there’s lots of other choice on the menu, they even have a wood-fired pizza oven. The Orange get spectacularly busy at the weekend so I would highly recommend booking and if you don’t get in you can always try it’s sister venue…

The Thomas Cubitt

Like the Orange, The Thomas Cubitt serves great food and both have light and bright wooden interiors; these aren’t you’re average old man pubs!

No.11 Pimlico Road

Another great local bar and restaurant with a cool modern design… Mr S loves their Sunday roast and I love their brunch!

Coffee and Cake 
The Quarter Cafe is a lovely little place to stop and recharge your batteries. Mr S and I often pop in here for a salad or a sandwich. They also have a large selection of hot dishes and LOADS of different cakes and pastries all freshly made.
They also serve wine. And that is important.
I love Peggy Porschen, it’s a gorgeous girly pink cupcake shop in Belgravia.
It’s a very intimate space but it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cupcake with a coffee or a glass of Laurent Perrier Rose. We love the cakes so much that we ordered a bespoke wedding cake from there; and as you know how much I like including gratuitous wedding photos, here it is!
Our cake included three of Peggy’s fabulous flavours: chocolate and salted caramel, strawberry and champagne and one layer of traditional fruit cake.
Hotels

Sleep like a princess for the night at The Goring, the only hotel with a royal warrant.

The gorgeous luxurious hotel is where Kate Middleton laid her head the night before the royal wedding. Pop there for a glass of champagne, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea…just anything really it’s fabulous!

The Conrad

The Conrad is a gorgeous five star hotel in the heart of Westminster, in easy reach of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and you just need to pop across the bridge to visit the London Eye. The hotel also houses the Blue Boar Restaurant and Bar but what really sets the hotel apart is the incredible afternoon tea.

At The Conrad the tea is themed around seasonal events and celebrations. I’ve tried the tea twice, first of all the Edible Garden Afternoon tea for the Chelsea Flower Show…

And also the Christmas themed tea

It’s one of the best values teas I’ve tried in London as it’s £45 with free-flowing champagne.

St Ermin’s

Though I’m yet to try the Caxton Restaurant at the St Ermin’s hotel, I’m keen to pop there soon as it’s headed up by Adam Handing who was a finalist in the 2013 Masterchef the Professionals competition. I have sampled the lovely afternoon tea, served in the very pretty and relaxed tea lounge. Suze, Kelly and Melanie all visited the St Ermin’s more recently for tea and you can read more about the experience on their blogs.

St James Court Hotel 

A super luxe hotel that’s hidden away from the crowds with a gorgeous courtyard to relax in. To be honest, I’ve only ever popped in for coffee but some of my favourite bloggers claim that the 24 Karat Afternoon tea is one of the best in London. Check out the blogs of Caroline, Melanie, Amanda and Shikha for reviews and also Suze’s blog for a review of their restaurant Bistro 51.

The Belgraves

For a more boutique hotel, I loved my stay at the Belgraves.

I adore the chic and modern design of this hotel and it’s only a stone’s throw from the designer shops of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street. I’ve also enjoyed both brunch and dinner at the restaurant, Pont Street, headed up by talented chef, Sophie Michell.

To Do


Go to Buckingham Palace…

…well obvs…but remember it’s only open for visitors during summer.


Theatre

The long running shows in Victoria are Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre and Wicked at The Apollo Victoria Theatre.

 

I’ve seen both and they’re great fun! More recently opened is the St James Theatre which houses both a theatre and a smaller studio.

The theatre shows a mixture of plays, musicals and revues with a program that changes frequently. It also houses a restaurant and a bar and brasserie for a pre-show nibble and a glass of wine.

Cardinal Place Food Market

If you happen to be in Victoria on a Thursday lunch time I’d really recommend heading to the Cardinal Place Food Market.

Inside the precinct there is a selection of gorgeous cold produce such as:

Cheese from Bath Soft Cheese

 

Epic Pies and Sausage rolls from Timmy’s Pies

 

 

Beautiful patisserie from Comptoir Gourmand

….And handmade doughnuts from Cakehole.

 

You may also remember I mentioned in a previous post that a university friend of mine had started a rather unique company called Bad Brownie. I’m incredibly proud for him of how far the company has come as they have now been voted Best Brownie in London! There are so many fantastic and original flavours, so make sure you check them out!

Outside hot food is served, perfect for lunch time, with classics such as fish and chips and burgers as well as more exotic street food.

 

 

The largest queue came from a Polish deli selling hot dogs but there’s also Paella, Thai food, Empanadas and Peruvian food to choose from.

I hope my posts have given you an idea of the wealth of choice available in Victoria and if you happen to be in the area or passing through, please do tweet me if you’d like any further recommendations.

Do you have any top tips for places to go in Victoria? 

  • I give a big thumbs up to No 11 as well! x

    • No.11 is fab isn't it? A really fun place.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • What a fabulous post Angie! I always think of Victoria as a bit of a dead spot, but your brilliant suggestions have got me reconsidering. I'd no idea there were such fab sounding sushi restaurants in the area – definitely want to check those out!! xxx

    • It's definitely not a dead spot and can't recommend those two places enough. They are really lovely!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Wow, great post – I'm definitely referring to this when I visit Victoria, never knew there were such great spots there. Peggy Porschen, what a cute place! Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    • It's so cute isn't it? So pretty and girlie!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • You should be the official ambassador to Luxurious Victoria – Boris Johnson, take note! 😉 x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • Thanks love, I'll sure he'll be on the phone within the week.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • The Food Market reminds me of Borough Market. One of my fav places to eat in the city.

    Love the photo from your wedding. Gorgeous!

    V
    Life+1

    • It's a great market, quite small and manageable.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • That Roast at No.11 looks right down my husband's street!

  • This is such a handy list for me when I need to find a spot to go with work or anything like that! Do check out Quilon though, it's fab! Gotta have the tasting menu though, it's the best way. Go very very hungry.

    • I can't believe I've still never been. I will though, soon!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • What a comprehensive round-up Angie and thanks very much for mentioning me. I didn't know that it was a friend of yours who started Bad Brownie, I spotted those recently and thought it was a brilliant name

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Ooooh you need to try one. I first tried them at Taste of London, they were amazing!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • The Blue Boar looks wonderful and is added to the list. St James is a favouirte, have stayed in their apartments a few times georgeous and off for afternoon tea there this very afternoon cannot wait. Your friends brownies looks amazing I will have to check these out, I love a naughty brownie Lucy x

    • OOoh I hope that you enjoyed the tea! Do check the brownies out.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Beautiful post! The food looks delicious! hahaha

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

    • Ah, thank you 🙂

  • Lovely post Angie. You've reminded me I still need to visit UNI!

    Gary

    • Thank you Gary, oh yes, make it a priority 😉

  • All the reasons I want to move to London are in this post! Love it Angie. Your wedding, and wedding cake looks wonderful. And the cookies at Quarter Cafe ! I had an overnight stay more than a year ago at The Goring and loved every moment of it.

    • That's so sweet of you, thanks Jean. That must have been amazing to stay at The Goring.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Aftab Pathan

    Love this post! A true insight into Victoria. Clearly missed out on a lot but I have seen Wicked there! 🙂

    Aftab |

    • Oh yes, there's so much more than just Zizzi and Pizza Express 😉

  • Yikes! I needed this last night. Excellent for future reference.
    Ax

    • Tweet me next time you're in Victoria and need tips!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • You are so cute!

    https://bonaupetite.com

  • Oh my God I LOVE Bad Brownies!! Which reminds me, I haven't had any in a while…

    Sandra x
    cakeandwhisky.wordpress.com

  • Needed to find a restaurant to go with some colleagues for lunch & this came up when I googled it – so helpful! We're now booked into Tozi!

  • Great tips! I don't live too far away so am going to explore a few of your recommendations 🙂

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  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    Don’t know how I managed to miss this post Angie but a big belated thank you for the mention! This is such a great all round guide to Victoria! I miss it round there when I read this but I’m eager about re – exploring the newer restaurants there that I haven’t tried! And isn’t Peggy P just the cutest cupcake shop ever?!

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