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The best restaurants, bars and cafes in Victoria and Pimlico

The best restaurants in Victoria

A stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, this transport hub welcomes thousands of visitors to London every day. But with its theatres, shops and fast-growing number of restaurants and bars, Victoria is not to be overlooked. The arrival of the huge Nova development and Market Hall, plus new openings at nearby Cardinal Place mean it’s a vibrant dining destination. Whether you’re staying or passing through, here’s our guide on where to eat and drink nearby.

 

Budget 

Aloo Tama

Aloo Tama18 Greencoat Row, London SW1P 1PG

This Nepalese restaurant serves up food with an emphasis on spicy flavour rather than excessive heat. It’s a place for homestyle cooking, whether you fancy a hearty dal, a mutton curry, or a quick momo. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for.

 

Bleecker Victoria

Bleecker Victoria205 Victoria St, London SW1E 5NE

Bleecker are in the upper echelons of what's already a great burger scene in London. The cheeseburgers are fab but if the Bleecker Black is on offer – with extra black pudding – that should be your go-to burger.

 

Happy Face

Happy Face23 Eccleston Place, London SW1W 9NF

This new outlet of a popular pizza chain is just as much about the 72-hour-fermented Neapolitan pizza doughs as it is the music. Expect a next-level sound system with your traditional pizza toppings, as well as gelato, beer and cocktails.

 

Market Hall

Market Hall Victoria191 Victoria St, London SW1E 5NE

A food court, but not as you know it; this is where you’ll find some excellent dining options under one roof, with nine different kitchens, two bars, and a heated rooftop terrace overlooking Victoria station. The only dilemma will be which vendor to order from.

 

Regency Café

Regency Café17-19 Regency St, London SW1P 4BY

A classic English café, this opened in 1946 and is so quintessential-looking that it’s been used as a filming location for its art deco style. This is where to get a proper ‘greasy spoon’ breakfast fry-up and two-Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr has also declared it his favourite (there’s a framed photo on the wall with his statement to prove it).

 

The Vincent Rooms

The Vincent RoomsWestminster Kingsway College, 76 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PD

Play your part in supporting the chefs of the future at this smart brasserie that offers high-standard, contemporary, seasonal food at great-value prices, thanks to the role it plays as a teaching kitchen. You’ll be served by students (both chefs and front of house staff) from the college.

 

 

Mid-range

Bone Daddies

Bone DaddiesNova, 9 Sir Simon Milton Square, London SW1E 5DJ

A branch of the popular Japanese ramen chain, here you can perch at the central bar and watch all the action at the open kitchen while classic rock tunes blare, or at quieter outdoor tables. Either way, you can slurp on beautiful, slow-cooked broth and noodles.

 

Chestnut Bakery

Chestnut Bakery17-21 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9RP

This relatively new bakery has a team of international chefs producing everything you need in the form of bread and patisserie in an upmarket café. Name a variety of loaf from anywhere in the world and it’s probably on offer here. There’s also freshly baked flatbreads from the clay oven to enjoy for savoury brunches at sharing tables out the back.

 

Ibérica

Ibérica68 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6AQ

This two-level stylish Victorian branch of the Ibérica restaurant chain from two-Michelin-starred executive chef Nacho Manzano showcases some of the best Spanish produce in London. You can expect Juan Pedro Domecq jamón, croquetas from Manzano’s grandmother’s recipe and classic desserts such as caramelised rice pudding and churros.

 

Lorne

Lorne76 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1DE

With an ex-sommelier from the River Cafe and a chef from Brawn, visitors to Lorne should expect a particularly good wine list and a Modern British seasonal menu to match. It's deservedly rated as one of the best restaurants in Victoria.

 

Ma La Sichuan

DishoomMa La Sichuan37 Monck St, London SW1P 2BL

This is the place for modern Sichuan cuisine and dim sum. Expect lots of sizzle and spicy flavours in a relatively minimalist and sleek space with service that errs on the formal side. There are two set menus as well as à la carte; it’s particularly good for groups.

 

The Other Naughty Piglet

The Other Naughty PigletThe Other Place, 12 Palace St, London, SW1E 5JA

The Naughty Piglet group started out in Brixton and this is their second restaurant, inside the Other Place Theatre (but open to non theatre-goers too). It's all about sharing plates and there's a big focus on their strong natural wine list too.

 

Peggy Porschen

Peggy Porschen116 Ebury Street, London SW1W 9QQ

You may recognise the fairy-tale exterior from Instagram, but the (original) Belgravia outlet of Peggy Porschen still bowls visitors over with its pretty pinkness. You’ll have a wonderful afternoon tea here, as they’re renowned for their creative cakes, but there’s also an all-day breakfast, brunch and lunch.

 

La Poule Au Pot

La Poule Au Pot231 Ebury St, London SW1W 8UT

The word classic was invented for this longstanding French restaurant which has been serving up dishes like coq au vin alongside onion soup and escargots since the Sixties.

 

The Thomas Cubitt

The Thomas Cubitt44 Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9PA

The Thomas Cubitt is the one of the Belgravia outposts for the Cubitt House Grou. Situated in a Regency townhouse, it combines a ground-floor pub with a more upmarket upstairs dining room.

 

Tozi

Tozi8 Gillingham St, London SW1V 1HJ

Tozi is a Venetian restaurant focusing on cicchetti. Dishes to try include Buffalo Ricotta Ravioli with Black Truffle, Gnocchi with Duck Ragù and Baccala “Mantecato” with Polenta Bramata. There are cocktails, Prosecco on tap and plenty of sharing tables around an open kitchen.

 

Wild by Tart

Wild by Tart3-4 Eccleston Yards, London SW1W 9AZ

Particularly popular for healthy breakfasts and brunch, Wild by Tart in Belgravia’s Eccleston Yards development offers somewhere you can relax at one of the long communal tables and watch the open kitchen prepare dishes from the wood-fired oven.

 

 

Luxe

A Wong

A Wong70 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1DE

This Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant is one of the city’s best. In a pared-back room, the menu travels the broad spectrum of Chinese cooking and has a lunchtime dim sum menu that's absolutely worth crossing town for.

 

Hunan

Hunan51 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NE

Hunan is rated as one of London's best Chinese restaurants, loved by chefs and critics alike. As the name suggests, you can expect Hunanese cooking here – so there's going to be plenty of heat.

 

The Dining Room at The Goring

The Dining Room at The GoringBeeston Place, London SW1W 0JW

A London institution for over 100 years, this hotel is around the corner from Buckingham Palace and the Queen has been known to pop in from time to time, so if you're lucky you might see a royal or two. Don't miss out on the eggs drumkilbo – they were a favourite of the Queen Mother.

 

Quilon

Quilon41 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF

With London high-end Indian restaurants being so good, it’s worthy of note that the Quilon has been one of the longest-serving in the city and it has a Michelin star to boot. Expect southwest coastal Indian cuisine with a high-end feel.

 

Uni

Uni18a Ebury St, London SW1W 0LU

Uni (Japanese for ‘sea urchin’) serves up Nikkei (Japanese–Peruvian) cuisine in Victoria with a luxurious downstairs restaurant as well as an upstairs sushi bar.

 

 

Bars 

Bbar

Bbar43 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PP

If you like plants with your cocktails, Bbar lays claim to having London’s largest ‘living wall’. It’s also directly located across from Buckingham Palace, so keep your eyes peeled for royalty from the terrace while enjoying live DJ sets through the week.

 

The Goring Cocktail Bar

The Goring Cocktail Bar15 Beeston Pl, London SW1W 0JW

A truly luxurious experience, The Goring’s cocktail bar showcases British spirits along with herbs from the hotel’s garden in an opulent setting, while a live pianist plinks quietly in the background. You can drink ‘The Madness of King George’, a cocktail featuring King George III’s favourite whisky, and nibble at lobster scampi with chilli and pepper jam from the bar menu.

 

The Leopard Bar

The Leopard Bar39 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PS

An elegant bar within The Rubens at the Palace hotel (opposite Buckingham Palace’s Royal Mews’ entrance), The Leopard is the place to settle into a brown leather sofa to try one of its 200 whiskies or 30 Champagnes and listen to live jazz or swing music.

 

Vagabond

VagabondUnit 17, 77 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0AJ

Right next to Victoria station, this convenient location of the Vagabond bar chain is the place to wait for your train while sipping on one of the 100 wines by the glass. Or you could try something new, with help from its unique wine-matching machines.

 

 

Markets and shops

Market

Cardinal Place Food Market

Held every Thursday from 11am to 3pm, this weekly market features hot and cold fare from  wide range of street-food vendors and is a popular lunching spot for local office workers. Think: fish and chips, empanadas, sandwiches, burgers, as well as sweet treats and baked goods.

 

M Wine Store

Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria St, London SW1E 6SQ

This is where you can discover oh-so-difficult-to-find wines that are usually only available to restaurants or specialist suppliers. There’s a shop on the ground floor and a tasting area on the first floor, with one of the largest by-the-glass selections in London, thanks to Coravin technology.

 

 

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