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What To Expect For Those Contemplating Staying In Victoria

Typical Pub In London Victoria

Typical Pub In London Victoria


Author: Bob Handford

London Victoria revolves around the train station, London's second busiest, with over 70 million people passing through it each year. All the major roads in the area intersect in front of the train station. The hotel district is one of London's largest too, people are attracted by its very central location and its great transport links. The area is so large it can be divided up into different areas, each with their own different character.


We have a dedicated page looking at the Victoria Train Station itself, also another looking at Victoria Coach Station, London's major (only) bus station for scheduled buses outside of London.

What's Out Front Of Victoria Railway Station

The front of Victoria Station is the hub of the district, where all the major roads intersect in a fragmented, complicated one way system. This area is far the busiest area within Victoria with traffic clogged streets at all hours.

With over 70 million rail passengers passing through Victoria Station, the majority of which are commuters, a lot of the retail outlets are aimed at this passing trade. There are just about every type of food and drink outlet you can think off from full service restaurants to fast food to traditional English Pubs like the one pictured above. If you think that it maybe goes quiet early evening with the commuters back home, think again, the district runs at full throttle right up to just before midnight when the theatres have emptied out and the last commuter trains to the suburbs are leaving.


Victoria itself has two West End theatres, the Victoria Palace directly opposite the front of the station and the Apollo Theatre just down the side of the station hosting some of the top shows on the West End Theatre scene.

About 200 yards north of Victoria Station is the start of the grounds of Buckingham Palace. It is in this prime area of Victoria you find most of the top end hotels in the Victoria area. The Grosvenor Hotel is the old station hotel and is actually part of the railway station itself, you can walk of the train direct into reception from within the station. Just north of the station is the Rubens at the Palace hotel opposite the Royal Mews, an old fashioned formal hotel with uniformed doorman with top hats. The modern 4 star chain hotels are down the side of Victoria Station, notably the Double Tree by Hilton Victoria.


Victoria London Hotel District Video

Leading eastward from Victoria Station, Victoria Street is a wide street leading out of the district to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of parliament less than a mile away.

The area is functional, rather than memorable. Lots of facilities and shops including pharmacies, book stores and convenience food markets. There is no full size supermarket here though and as this is the most affluent part of Victoria, a Launderette would be out of place.

Wilton Road & Belgrave Road

The vast majority of hotels however are south of Victoria Station, a complete contrast to the Victoria out the front of the station.

Belgrave Road runs for about 1km from the back of Victoria Station to Pimlico where there is an Underground Station, one stop from Victoria on the Victoria Line. Belgrave Road forms the spine of the hotel district, nearly every building is a hotel along Belgrave Road.

Belgrave Road Victoria London, Typical Row Of Cheap Bed and Breakfast Hotels

Belgrave Road Victoria London
Typical Row Of Hotels

 Victoria Palace Theatre London
Victoria Palace Theatre
Sainsburys Supermarket London Victoria
Sainsburys Wilton Road
Only Large Supermarket In Area

Running parallel to Belgrave Road is the Wilton Road, at the Victoria Station end is a small shopping and restaurant area with just about every world cuisine represented. Its a totally different feel to the area in front of Victoria Station, a much more neighbourly, less hectic feel with residents rather than commuters and workers in evidence.

It is here that you will find the areas only full size supermarket, Sainsburys, if you require something more substantial than convenience foodstuffs.

Throughout the district you will find small convenience supermarkets, the national chains Tesco and Sainsbury being most numerous.


Nearly all buildings were built 100 years ago or more, there are very few hotels in modern, recent build, purpose built buildings. Nearly all are housed in terraces of 4 to 6 storey town houses, from the outside the cheapest hotel looks no different to an expensive one.


Littered around the district there are pubs and small parades of neighbourhood services, among them useful services like Launderettes, hairdressers, dentists and such like staffed by mostly friendly locals.


The number 24 bus goes up the Belgrave Road from top to bottom 24 x 7, about every 5 minutes, even at 3 a.m it operates about every 15 minutes. The number 24 bus is like a small sightseeing tour in itself. If you don't fancy the walk to one of the Underground Stations the 24 bus will get you to Westminster Abbey and Big ben in 10 minutes and onto the heart of the West End nightlife district in 15 to 20 minutes.

Belgravia & Ebury Street

Over to the west of the hotel district south of the railway station is Victoria Coach Station about 500 yards south of the station. We have a dedicated page on Victoria Coach Station.

Running behind Victoria Coach Station is Ebury Street which just about marks the western border of Victoria hotel district. Its like an invisible border, once you cross Ebury Street it immediately becomes more upmarket. This is Belgravia, home to many national embassies and diplomats and people like Margaret Thatcher and JK Rowling.

The hotels along Ebury Street are a strange mix with some of the cheapest and most expensive accommodations beside one another.

Getting About In London From Victoria

We have a dedicated page devoted to airport and cruise port transfers to Victoria.

The London Underground runs every couple of minutes between about 5:30 a.m. and midnight . When the Underground is closed there is a good night bus network from outside the station that will get you to most places in Central London. Victoria Underground Station can get very crowded.

If you are a tour kind of person, Victoria is the best place in London to base yourself. All of the popular hop on, hop off sightseeing buses stop at Victoria Rail Station and the main formal coach tour companies start and finish their tours from Victoria Coach Station both within London and day tours to Stonehenge, Bath, Windsor, Oxford etc

If you are more independently minded there are buses to Windsor Castle and Oxford from Victoria, a cheaper alternative to the train and Canterbury can be reached from Victoria Train Station.


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