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The charming little district of Victoria in the heart of central London is perfect for a relaxing break, with beautiful buildings, lovely eateries and all the best sights from the capital within steps.
Set in the City of Westminster in central London, Victoria is a small district covering just a handful of roads. But those streets give you access to some of the most iconic sights in England.
Victoria is home to the always-busy Victoria Coach Station, and the local area has shops, trendy businesses, great tube links to the rest of the city and gorgeous architecture everywhere you look.
Setting your sights a little further afield, the City of Westminster covers most of central London, including the West End, so you’re within easy reach of some of the best entertainment spots in the country. Here, you’ll also find Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street, so there are photo opportunities aplenty for anyone looking to get snap happy.
Things to do
To really get a feel for Victoria, it’s worth taking to the streets to have a little wander and discover all the sights. Victoria Palace Theatre is a venue to look out for. This beautiful Grade II listed playhouse has hosted big shows in its time, including Billy Elliot. And the similarly Grade II listed Apollo Victoria is another popular place, and it’s set in a stunning Art Deco building.
You can grab a picture outside Little Ben by the Victoria Palace Theatre too. This mini replica of its big brother is just on the street outside. Or take the short trip towards Buckingham Palace and visit the Queens Gallery to soak up some culture and perhaps watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
To be really wowed by some breathtaking architecture, you should definitely go to Westminster Cathedral during your stay too. It’s a classic example of a Neo-Byzantine building and whether you’re an art fanatic or not, you can’t help but be impressed with this masterpiece.
Places to eat and stay
If you’d like to stick close to Victoria, you won’t be disappointed when it comes to dining out. There are plenty of pubs and cafés, like The Willow Walk Pub and Le Pain Quotidien deli. For something more substantial, check out Tozi Restaurant & Bar if you like Italian food or Lime Orange for Korean dishes.
When it comes to looking at Victoria and Westminster hotels, do a bit of homework to find your perfect match. To give you some inspiration, classy retreats include Hotel 41 and The Goring, and more budget-friendly places include the Park Plaza Victoria London and The Z Hotel Victoria.