Places to see in London Victoria
Victoria is one of London’s major transport hubs, and as such offers visitors a chance to get away to other beauty spots in the rest of the UK, particularly all parts of Kent and the South East from the train station, and anywhere else you could want from the coach station. But if you’re staying in the area, there’s a lot to get your teeth into within a short walk from your front door.
Recommended Attraction in Victoria
Get yourself to a play at the Royal Court Theatre. Don’t be fooled by the “Royal” in the title of this theatre; it’s made itself a name as being one of the most subversive playhouses the country has ever seen, playing host over the years to the start of the Angry Young Men genre of playwriting, and to this day specialises in challenging, nationally and internationally minded new writing. Not everything there may be to your taste, but it’s certain to be politically charged and performed by some of the nation’s most respected actors. With two auditoriums and regular discounted ticket offers, you’d be well advised to jump on the tube to Sloane Square for this memorable night out.
There’s also a fantastic restaurant and café downstairs, where you can hobnob with London’s theatrical elite, pick up a copy of the play you’re about to see or browse through their decent library of plays, many of which are seldom available elsewhere. And if you catch a matinée, then you’ve got the afternoon to trip down the Kings Road and do some shopping (or just browsing if, like 99% of the population, you’re not rich enough to actually buy anything in Chelsea).
Alternative Things To Do in Victoria
It is, perhaps, a little bit of a cop-out to make this recommendation, but if it’s your first time in London and you’re staying in Victoria, then you’re almost morally obliged to go and see Buckingham Palace (that’s where the Queen lives in case you didn’t know). As well as being an amazing mansion, the Palace also opens up to visitors from August to late September in the State Rooms, and the Queen’s Gallery is open year-round. You can also watch the Changing of the Guard at the gates of the Palace any day you like, and that’s free! There’s a staggering selection of world-class Asian restaurants in the area, as well as the beautiful Green Park for a peaceful stroll.
Attraction List in Victoria
We have an enormous range of budget hotels in this area, and with the transport links on offer you’ve got everything you could possibly want at your fingertips. So take a look at our Victoria hotel booking service to make the most of London.
You should take time to come here to St. James the Less, an outstanding high Victorian Church that was built in the 1860’s. Go inside the see the amazing coloured tiling on the walls, the biblical scenes on the rounded pillars and the fresco by G.F watts.
Address: Moreton Street, London, SW1V 2PS
Phone: 020 7630 6282
The Royal Horticultural Society, who organise the Chelsea Flower Show, have an exhibition hall here. Regular flower shows and other events are held here, so you should see what’s on!
Address: 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PE
Phone: 0845 260 5000
This House of Fraser store occupies the site of a former Army & Navy store, first opened in 1872. This store used to be exclusively for the highest-ranking people in the armed forces.
Here you will find Cardinal Place, a modern complex of shops, restaurants and gardens, which stands on the site of the Stag Brewery that started in the early 17th century.
Address: 76-98 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JD
Phone: 020 7963 4000
You should find out what exhibitions are taking place at the SW1 gallery here in Cardinal Place.
Address: 12 Cardinal Walk, Roof Garden Level Cardinal Place, London, SW1E 5JE
Phone: 020 7963 4024
Here lies the amazing Westminster Cathedral, the largest Roman Catholic cathedral in all of England and Wales. Its beautiful Byzantine church architecture, designed by John Francis Bentley, was constructed using over 12 million terracotta bricks, decorated with hoops of Portland stone. This cathedral has a 273-foot high campanile, which offers you wonderful views across London. You can take a lift to get to the top!
Address: Cathedral Clergy House, 42 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QW
Phone: 020 7798 9055
The Victoria Palace Theatre is located here. This West End theatre, which first opened in 1911, has been host to musical extravaganzas such as the Black and White Minstrels show and Billy Elliott. You can see a gilded statue of ballerina Anna Pavlova just above the theatres cupola.
Address: Victoria Street, London SW1E 5EA
Phone: 020 7834 1317
This is the Apollo Victoria Theatre, which was home to the musical Starlight Express for over 16 years. Other musicals performed here include Saturday Night Fever and Wicked.
Address: 17 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1LG
Phone: 020 7834 6318
Here stands Victoria Train Station that opened in 1861. Over 115 million people use this train station every year! You’ll find the statue of Marshal Foch here.
Address: 115 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SJ
Phone: 0845 748 4950
Just beneath Victoria Train Station is Victoria Tube Station, one of the busiest in Central London, which provides you with easy access to the rest of the capital.
Address: Victoria St, London, Greater London SW1E 5ND
Here is Victoria Bus Station, on the forecourt of Victoria Train Station. Buses will take you all over the capital from here. You can catch the Big Bus Company guided tours from here too!
Address: Thames Embankment, London EC4
Phone: 020 7606 3030
You will discover that Victoria Palace Shopping Centre is situated above Victoria Train Station.
Address: 115 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SJ
Phone: 020 7931 8811
This is Victoria Coach Station, which was built in 1932 and has a distinctive art deco style. This is where the National Express, Eurolines and Megabus coaches depart from in London, so getting around the UK and Europe from here is really cheap!
The Royal Court is London’s pre-eminent new writing venue, having a unique place in history as the birthing ground for the Angry Young Men movement of the 50s, and remaining at the forefront of challenging contemporary theatre since. The work is exemplary, and the venue boasts two performance spaces and a great restaurant/café.
Address: Sloane Square, Belgravia, London SW1W 8AS
Phone: 020 7565 5000