Dolphin Square SW1

It’s official, The Office for National Statistics have carried out an in-depth study of commuter misery and found that it is most profound in those who have a travel time of between 61 and 90 minutes.  It also shows that commuters are less satisfied with life, are less happy and have higher anxiety levels.  Centrally located in Pimlico, Dolphin Square makes an ideal lifestyle choice for those feeling the negative effects of their daily commute.  Here are our 5 reasons to rent in Pimlico.

1 – Location, Location, location

Pimlico is bounded in the south by the Thames, with Belgravia to the north, Chelsea to the west and Westminster to the east. Similar to Kensington and Chelsea in appearance, Pimlico is a more affordable version with all the same luxury. Pimlico is walking distance from Belgravia Street and Sloane Square, but without the Chelsea prices.

London from Flickr Creative Commons by Simon and his Camera

London from Flickr Creative Commons by Simon and his Camera

2 – Well connected

Walk to Soho in 20 minutes, or Victoria Station in just over 5, where the over-ground provides regular trains to the South of England and the largest coach station in the country.  Pimlico and Victoria tube stations provide access to the Victoria and District & circle lines.  There are also riverboats and buses galore with an impressive 19 different routes.

Being so central and with excellent transport links we get a lot of people commuting to the city every day, as well as students from London Collage of Fashion and workers from Victoria, Mayfair and Green park.  Our studios and 1-bed apartments make an excellent pied-a-tare for those living outside of London and wanting an alternative to the stress of commuting” states General Manager Neil Miller Chalk

Pimlico Station from Flickr Creative Commons by das_sabrinchen

Pimlico Station from Flickr Creative Commons by das_sabrinchen

3- Schools

Westminster has a good selection of state schools. For primaries: Westminster Cathedral RC, Burdett-Coutts & Townshend CofE, St Vincent de Paul RC and St Matthew’s are all “good”, says Ofsted, with Millbank “outstanding”. For Secondaries: Pimlico Academy and The Grey Coat Hospital are both “outstanding”.

4 – Eating and shopping

As well as notable gastro-pubs including residents favourites Thomas Cubitt and The Orange, traditional pubs such as the Cask or the  Marquis of Granby both of which have an extensive range of beers.  Pimlico also offers some truly excellent restaurants including Caraffini and No 11 Pimlico Road, delis and a farmers market.   For shopping, the Pimlico Road design district has been long established as London’s premier destination for interior design, art, antiques and fine furniture.

Pimlico Road from Flickr Creative Commons by George Rex

5 – In good company – Pimlico’s more notable former residents

As well as being home to over 350 Grade II listed buildings, Pimlico has housed some of the grandest names in British history.  Former residents include Sir Winston Churchill, designer Laura Ashley, Sir Laurence Olivier and inventor of lawn tennis Major Walter Wingfield to name a few.

Laura Ashley Pimlico resident image from Flickr Creative commons by Jim Limwood

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