Located southwest of Victoria and a short walk from Sloane Square, this is a less-traversed area which locals like to preserve for themselves. The slightly forgotten cousin of nearby oligarch-occupied territories, Pimlico's elegant Regency terraces and garden squares carry a slight melancholic feel not often found in fast-paced London.
It's the perfect place to dip into a post-war novel over a pint at the Orange, or head for a proper English fry-up at the Regency, all white tiles, hot tea and egg and chips.
Meeting locals is also easy, if you know where to go. Pimlico's farmers market is held on what residents call Orange or Mozart Square, an address not included in the A-Z but which is located on the corner of Ebury Street and Pimlico Road. Here Phil sells homemade pasta and Rich proudly presents his Essex oysters, only 15 minutes' walk from Harvey Nichols.
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A mega-block of 1,250 private apartments with adjoining businesses and restaurants built to be a 'city within the city' in 1935, now home to many MPs from nearby Westminster.
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The Ealing comedy from 1949 about eccentric locals finding a charter proclaiming the area to be part of France rather than England – the separatist sentiments somehow linger on in modern times, which adds to the charm of the neighbourhood.
The Millbank mansion, some would say, houses a more palatable dose of art compared to it's big cousin – either way you can catch the boat here to Tate Modern for a double-hit and make your own mind up.