History, Victoria

The history of London Victoria station

The history of London Victoria station

[box type=”info” border=”full”]Did you know: Victoria Station was first referred to as the ‘Grosvenor Terminus’ as it was built on the site of old Grosvenor Canal basin. It was eventually […]

September 9, 2017 × Comments are Disabled

History, Pimlico

The Union Pub - Pimlico Road (Source: pubshistory.com)

Brief history of Pimlico

Pimlico is a residential neighbourhood in central London in the City of Westminster. Just like Belgravia, to which it was built as a southern extension, Pimlico is known for its grand garden […]

December 8, 2016 × 2 comments

Belgravia, History

Ebury Street - Belgravia (Source: Zoopla.co.uk)

Ebury Street and Belgravia

Belgravia is part of the London Borough of Westminster and the SW1 area. Originally, the 400 acres of land was inherited by the Grosvenor family and was named Belgravia after Belgrave, home […]

December 30, 2015 × Comments are Disabled

History, Pimlico

North-west view of ‘Jenny Whim's’ Bridge over the Canal in Pimlico by an unknown artist, 1815.  The Thames can be seen in the distance. (Courtesy of the British Museum)

London’s expansion and trade

In 1800, London, Europe’s biggest city, had just under one million inhabitants and measured five miles across from Hyde Park Corner to Wapping and two miles from Sadler’s Wells, Clerkenwell to St […]

December 28, 2015 × Comments are Disabled

History, Pimlico, Victoria

Bomb Damage to Sutherland Terrace (Copyright: Westminster City Archives)

Sutherland Street and the Blitz

16 and 17 April 1941 saw some of the worst bombing raids to affect Westminster during the Blitz. Sutherland Terrace, in Pimlico, was hit by two parachute mines and three highly explosive […]

December 27, 2015 × Comments are Disabled

History, Pimlico

Stretcher Part at Dolphin Square (Copyright: Westminster City Archives)

Dolphin Square during the Blitz

During the night of 22nd September 1940, Pimlico was severely bombed and many local residents sought shelter in the basement of Hawkins House, one of 13 residential blocks in the Dolphin Square estate (built […]

December 27, 2015 × Comments are Disabled

Belgravia, History

Chelsea Bun Shop 1810

Old Chelsea Bun Shop

The Chelsea bun has been the treat of choice over centuries: sticky sweet buns, filled with raisins and currants and topped with a sugary glaze, were sold by the tens of thousands […]

December 22, 2015 × Comments are Disabled

History, Pimlico

11 Pimlico Road (source: Robin Sones for geograph.org.uk)

Introducing Pimlico Road

Pimlico Road, just a few minutes walk from Sloane Square, is located in SW1 and connects the areas of Pimlico and Belgravia with Chelsea and boasts some of the areas finest corners […]

December 20, 2015 × Comments are Disabled