One of London’s smallest districts, Victoria is located within the City of Westminster in central London and named after the British Queen Victoria.
Home to several of London’s busiest transport hubs, property in Victoria is sought-after by professionals working throughout London, thanks to its central London location. City development plans are creating well-balanced central London districts such as Victoria with a good mix of shops, businesses and homes, and new inner-city villages.
In preparation for Hyde Park's Great Exhibition, Victoria Street was constructed to aid the flow of traffic in 1851, and at the same time was to accommodate occupants from the slums. It was named after the then queen and grew in size once the station was opened in Victoria a decade later.
One of the most pivotal parts of the area's history was the construction of the Roman Catholic Westminster Cathedral in 1903 – not to be confused with Westminster Abbey – as it triggered an influx of wealthy clergymen to Victoria and thus created the construction of much of the classical architecture still in place today. It contains some of the capital's most iconic landmarks.
Together with a choice of theatres, you can shop and dine locally in Cardinal Walk precinct. Thanks to the popularity of Victoria for tourists, the area attracts big name brands and the major high street retailers. You only need to travel a few stops on the tube for stylish shops and restaurants in Bond Street, Chelsea and Belgravia.
For outdoor recreation, there is plenty of green space to walk, run, picnic and relax in St James's Park, Green Park or even Hyde Park.
Due to it’s great location and new developments, Victoria is fast becoming one of the most desirable areas of London to live and invest. There are many more opportunities to buy or rent private residential homes in the area.
One of the most exciting being Parliament House at Albert Embankment. The 23 storey tower seamlessly blends stunning architecture with modern living and offers views across the City of Westminster towards the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames. Estate agents in Victoria will soon be able to offer viewings for this futuristic development with completion expected in spring or summer of 2015.
Redevelopments, such as that of the former Royal Mail sorting office and Victoria Street, have increased the residential space available in the district and have helped to make this a more attractive area to live. The Victoria Street project plans to rid the high street of drab office blocks and bring in homes, soft landscaping, open courtyards, squares and passageways. Up to 800 new homes on long leases will be built by the time the regeneration is complete in 2019.
Parents looking for the finest education for their children will be spoilt for choice in Victoria, with numerous primary and secondary schools renowned for turning out famous names in areas such as entertainment, literature and science. St Peter's Eaton Square CofE Primary School is widely regarded as one of Westminster's finest state schools, with its "Outstanding" rating from Ofsted attracting the attention of parents in outlying areas. The majority of secondary schools in Victoria are independent and include the famous Francis Holland School for Girls, while boys can attend the prestigious Westminster Cathedral Choir School.
London Victoria Train Station is currently the second busiest terminus after Waterloo, and sees a total of around 74 million passengers pass through each year. With links not only to the south and south east of England but also to Gatwick Airport, it is an ideal asset for those who frequently travel out of the City for work purposes. In addition, London Victoria Tube Station offers services on both the Circle and District lines, while the large bus and taxi hub just outside – known as Terminus Place – is a handy alternative.