Walking London: Passport to Pimlico

Today was a perfect London day.  The sun was out and I had a rare weekend off so I joined Jen and friends at the southbank for the Chocolate Festival.  I’m not even that big a fan of chocolate but who can resist the southbank in nice weather.

The festival appeared to have less stalls than when I attended last year year but there was still a huge crowd to content with.  Last year I had churros but opted for a brownie from this stall.

After our snack we decided to do a self guided walk.  Jen and I were armed with books featuring various walks around the city but opted for a walk titled Passport to Pimlico from my book London Walks Vol. 2.

I’ve been wanting to do this walk ever since purchasing the book.  An excerpt introducing this walk: ‘Pimlico is anonymous.  You need no passport to get into it.  Pimlico is No Man’s Land.  And from No Man’s Land you can move in any direction.’  Glenys Roberts, Metropolitan Myths.

So many of London’s neighbourhoods are loaded with lifestyles.  Think Notting Hill, Hampstead, Chelsea, Fulham, Shoreditch, Islington, Clerkenwell, Stoke Newington or Clapham and rightly or wrongly, each area readily delivers a type of person to match.  Pimlico eludes such pigeon-hole identity.  It is a place to live or work, not one to be seen in, for no one will notice you there.

For some reason this intrigued me because it is true that most places in London are type cast and to find a pretty neighbourhood which was undefined urged me to check it out.  The tour starts at Pimlico tube station and is about 1-2 hours long.  We went, we saw, and enjoyed the gorgeous surroundings.  At times it felt like we were in another city.


This sculpture by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi acts a tube vent cover.  Born of Italian parents in Edinburgh in 1924, Paolozzi was part of the Independent Group credited with introducing Pop Art to these shores in the 1950s.  He had a one man show at the Tate in 1971 and was responsible for the colourful mosaics at Tottenham Court Road tube station.

This statue of Thomas Cubitt was unveiled in 1995 by the Duke of Westminster.  Cubitt was a prolific master builder.  After building houses in Bloomsbury and much of Belgravia in the 1820s and 30s, he turned his hand to South Belgravia, as Pimlico was once known.  One of his great great grand daughters is Camila Parker-Bowles.

We ended the tour early to grab a bite to eat at the Cubitt House which was about a 10 minute walk from this statue.  Pimlico is quaint, pretty, and unassuming.  A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    It was very lovely, wasn’t it? And the roast/pies were YUMMY at Cubitt House – a nice treat!

    1. wanderlust23 says:

      Loved it, we have to do more walking tours. Cubitt house was tasty.

  2. mujerboricua says:

    I missed a chocolate festival? On one of the prettiest days in London? Hogwash!

    1. wanderlust23 says:

      Ahh, we should be better with adding things to the facebook group. I thought you’d be in the know since you bake but that’s a big assumption, you’ll have to come next year!

      1. mujerboricua says:

        I try to be in the know but there’s always something going on in town.

        Maybe next year.

        1. wanderlust23 says:

          Very true, way too much going on. Speaking of which I think I’m going to propose our next meet up shortly.

  3. Emm says:

    Oh wow, that sounds like an amazing day!!!! I love the walk you took and your photos. I agree, you will always see new things in London and it often feels like you’ve landed in a new city.

    1. wanderlust23 says:

      I would have had no reason to really venture to this area. So glad I did.

  4. Loved this! My friend lives in Pimlico so I’ve sent it to her – we might have to copy your day soon if you don’t mind.

    1. wanderlust23 says:

      Glad you liked it. Your friend is lucky, it’s such a lovely area. Have fun!

  5. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) says:

    Really beautiful area! I’ll have to save this for the next free sunny London day 🙂

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