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A taxi driver's guide to Pimlico

Stretching down from London Victoria to the river Thames, Pimlico is about as exclusive an area as you’ll find in London. Follow our Pimlico taxi driver’s guide to all the best places to eat, drink and explore while you’re here. Pimlico sits in the elegant shadow of Westminster, and was originally built as an extension of neighbouring Belgravia. Prior to being the rather flash district it is now – and hard as it may be to imagine – it was once little more than swampy marshlands. Designed by the famous London architect Thomas Cubitt (he of St Pancras Station fame), Pimlico only really came to life in 1825. In fact, in order to build on the area, soil had to be brought in from St. Katherine’s Dock in Tower Hamlets. Today Pimlico boasts around three hundred and fifty Grade II listed buildings as well as two separate Grade II listed churches in its relatively compact area. No mean feat for a district that only came into existence around two hundred years ago. Famous for its white stucco façades, this area has become the playground of the rich and famous. Head to the notorious Dolphin Square apartments and you’ll find a complex that’s said to house hundreds of Members of British Parliament among its wealthy residents. Unsurprisingly, it’s a place that’s not been without its fair share of scandal over the years either. Pimlico may not be the cheapest place to rent or buy in London (the average rental cost of a two bedroom flat is around £750 per week), but it doesn’t mean it’s a place not worth a visit. And you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune for the privilege. Follow our Pimlico taxi driver’s guide to gain some true local insight into the area’s best restaurants, pubs, bars and attractions. All you’ll need now is an Addison Lee.

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