What is Westminster like?
Westminster is seeing incredible change as significant redevelopment in central areas around Victoria and along the river at Millbank, opens the area to new styles of property and residents.
Domestic and international investment, residentially and commercially, is creating a thriving scene as new amenities and convenience come to these most central and historical areas. A perfect place if you are looking for a sophisticated alternative to the ever desirable prime locations of Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair.
Property in Westminster
It could be argued that this area offers the widest range and most varied profile of property in London, from small purpose built flats to quintessential Victorian townhouses and stunning St James’s Park Mansions. Historical townhouses converted for commercial use in post war years have gradually been redeveloped to desirable homes again. There are many different types of property dotted throughout the area; lateral mansion flats in Ashley Gardens; grand garden square views in Eccleston Square or Warwick Square, historic townhouses in Smith Square and Lord North Street, stunning Georgian elegance and sophistication in Queen Anne’s Gate and contemporary design in the Victoria developments of Nova, Kings Gate and The View.
The Local Scene
For 1000 years, since Westminster Abbey was built on Thorney Island, Westminster has been the heart of political and cultural life in Britain and is synonymous with anything that could be regarded as archetypal for London. From palaces and churches, landmark attractions, museums, galleries, Victorian homes, mansion flats, military barracks, departments of government, global company headquarters, modern developments, Royal Parks and the River Thames, Westminster encompasses so much of London and yet as a residential destination it offers value and variety which is just not found in nearby Belgravia or Knightsbridge. Walking through the conservation areas of Birdcage Walk and Smith Square you can feel a sense of history and culture in the tranquillity of the parks and gardens squares.
Within Westminster, Pimlico is renowned for its impressive Regency architecture and grand garden squares. An extension of the Grosvenor Estate and Belgravia, buildings were constructed from the designs of Thomas Cundey, along streets planned by Thomas Cubitt in 1825. A conservation area in its own right, the ‘grid’ of streets in the heart of the area offers a variety of family houses and converted flats, many having seen notable residents from politicians and actors to authors and philosophers and of course there is a long standing unspoken association of mystery and discretion with the secretive world of espionage and MI5 and MI6 located at nearby Vauxhall Bridge.
The central transport hub for the area is undoubtedly Victoria Station, with Gatwick Express services for Gatwick Airport and the coast and throughout Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Hampshire. There is a national coach station and of course the London Underground station with both District and Circle Lines heading east and west, and the Victoria Line travelling north and south. Pimlico, Westminster and St James's Park also have their own underground stations, and there are jetties too for the river taxis travelling the Thames. To walk across the parks through St James's and up to Piccadilly, Mayfair and in to the West End, shows the diversity and connectivity of London at its best; you are never far from where anyone could wish to go.