What to Do in Victoria London
Spending some time in Victoria and looking for things to do? Take some inspiration from our guide to the area.
Victoria is one of London’s busiest transport hubs, situated in the heart of the capital. You have London Victoria Station as well as Victoria Coach Station. But there’s a world beyond these grimy stations. Victoria has plenty of culture and history to explore, whether you’re interested in musical theatre or the Royals.
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Whether you’re looking to kill some time before your train, or wanting to explore the area, keep reading to find some inspiration on what to do in Victoria London.
Catch a show at the theatre
You can’t visit London without experiencing its renowned theatre scene (‘oh yes you can!’, scream the audience). Although most of London’s West End theatres are in Leicester Square and Covent Garden, Victoria has two of its very own: Apollo Victoria Theatre and the Victoria Palace Theatre. The Apollo Victoria Theatre is known for hosting hit musicals and is the home of smash hit ‘Wicked’, which has won over 100 international awards. Victoria Palace Theatre is just a few minutes walk away, where you can catch ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’. Why not even treat yourself to a pre-theatre meal? Check out our list of London’s fine dining restaurants.
If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a ton of money, Victoria is the place to do it. You could probably say that about anywhere in London, actually. But specifically in Victoria, there is a real wealth of shops and boutiques to spend, spend and spend some more.
The Victoria Place Shopping Centre is right next to the train station, and has a huge selection of retailers, from familiar high street names to unique ones such as Pylones and Hema. Victoria Place also has a great selection of restaurants, perfect for a quick bite. Cardinal Place is another shopping centre nearby. Spread over three buildings, you’ll find numerous high-end shops, from fashion to health and beauty. It also has a hard-to-choose-from selection of restaurants, from pizza and tapas, to ramen and sushi.
After a long day of shopping, head back to our home Chic Victoria. You’ll feel like you’ve just walked into a magazine with luxurious interiors and a generous balcony. With three bedrooms, it’s perfect for a stay with friends and family. If you’re looking to stay in other areas of the city, take a look at our list of London's best Airbnbs.
When it comes to what to do in Victoria London, it would be pretty rude not to go sightseeing. Some of the capital’s most historic buildings are only a 10 minute walk away, including Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. If you're traveling with kids, they'll love trying to distract the fluffy-headed Queen's Guards. Check out our list of London's best family-friendly areas for more guidance on keeping the kids occupied in the city.
While you’re at Buckingham Palace, make sure to stop by the Queen’s Gallery. This is the main public art gallery of the palace, and showcases changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, including old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and photography. Unfortunately, we have yet to list Buckingham Palace on our site. Still working on that one.
If you have the time, take in the views from the Westminster Cathedral Tower which soars at 64 metres high. The interior of the cathedral is also worth checking out, with some pretty impressive mosaics.
Meanwhile, nothing shouts ‘I’m a tourist’ more than a selfie with Big Ben, does it? Unfortunately, it’s still covered up and under restoration. But don’t worry - we have just the solution. Little Ben. And yes, this isn’t a joke. You’ll find it opposite Victoria Station.
The Guard’s Museum is where you go if you’re obsessed with the Foot Guards. You know, those soldiers tasked with guarding Her Majesty and the Royal Palaces. The museum was once private, only used as a resource for new Guardsmen, so you can be sure that it’s the real deal.
Discover the history of the five regiments of Foot Guards and their role in military campaigns. There’s all kinds of things to see - medals, uniforms, oil paintings, curios and memorabilia. If you happen to have reluctant kids that you’ve dragged along, remind them about the huge collection of toy soldiers in the gift shop.
Visit St James’s Park
If you’re looking for what to do in Victoria London that involves the outdoors, we recommend heading to one of the many parks. London’s oldest Royal Park - St James’s Park - is easy to get to from Victoria. Throughout the year, it’s home to an array of events, most notably as a viewpoint for the annual Trooping of the Colour.
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, the park is a natural habitat for a variety of urban wildlife including the famous St James’s Park pelicans. If you fancy a stroll, the seven mile long Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk runs through the park, as well as Hyde Park, Green Park and Kensington Gardens. London is surprisingly green, you see.
If you’d like to wake up to your very own garden view, our home My Crush is perfect for you. With views over a green garden square, the home is an ideal roost for a romantic getaway, with charming period features and high ceilings. Very British.
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