The Insider's Guide to Staying in London Victoria
Victoria is most well known as the home of the bustling train and coach stations, but the surrounding area has a lot more to offer.
Step out of the station and you’ll find plenty of things to do, eat, and see.
Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to have the Queen as your neighbour.
Where to Stay: Luxury Hotels & Airbnbs
There are many historic hotels near Victoria Station which offer a sumptuous stay in the heart of the city, close to every transport option you need. Here are three of our favourites:
Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria
If you’re searching for hotels near Victoria Station, you won’t get much closer than the Grosvenor Hotel. You can walk into the hotel without even having to leave the station. It’s also one of the best hotels near Buckingham Palace, which is just a 10 minutes walk from here. The exterior of the building is a beautiful French Renaissance style, and the lobby is equally dramatic with its sweeping marble staircase, high ceilings and gilded walls. The public spaces are all rather majestic, but the rooms are slightly more subtle (but still luxurious!) decorated in muted shades of greys and browns. Reunion is the hotel bar overlooking Victoria station concourse, and makes a great spot for people watching over cocktails and champagne.
One of the most stylish 5 star hotels near Buckingham Palace, 41 Hotel is nestled right behind the Palace. With its striking black and white rooms, handmade mattresses and marble bathrooms, it may be tempting to spend all day lounging in the luxurious linen bedding. You’re guaranteed a divine night’s sleep leaving you refreshed to hit all the nearby sights. 41 Hotel has the services and style of a 5 star hotel, but the feel of a private London club. The icing on the cake is the generous amount of free snacks and canapés on offer for all guests. Perfect for those post-dinner hunger pangs after a day of city exploration.
The Goring Hotel
One of the most historic hotels near Victoria station, The Goring is traditional British elegance at its finest. The beautifully decorated rooms are spacious for the central London location. Though the hotel is 5 star decadence and the staff still wear red tailcoats, there’s a relaxed and friendly vibe throughout. There also cute little features such as being able to adjust the lighting in your room to ‘bright’ ‘cosy’ or ‘ooh!’ and stuffed toy lambs for guests (sign us up!). These little touches show the hotel has managed to strike the right balance between luxurious and quirky.
What to Do in Victoria
Catch a West End show
Two of the most popular shows in London are now playing in Victoria. You can catch Wicked the Musical at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, and the popular Broadway musical Hamilton has more recently made its way to London at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Indulge in some retail therapy
There are plenty of great shopping options, both inside and outside the station. Take the escalator up to the second floor of the station to find a number of popular British stores in Victoria Place shopping centre. Or head to Cardinal Place just a couple of minutes away, where you’ll find high-street favourites such as Mango and Zara.
Visit some of London’s most famous and historic sites
Staying in one of the hotels near Victoria station means you’re basing yourself in an ideal location for sightseeing in London. You’re just 10 minutes away from Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. Head to the Palace to witness the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony and get a glimpse into the lives of the Royal family by visiting inside during the Summer opening hours. There are also plenty of great outdoor spaces to stroll through, such as the Buckingham Palace Gardens and nearby St. James’s Park.
Where to Eat in Victoria
Other than the wide range of eateries in the station itself, there are plenty of great places to grab a bite in Victoria. We can’t list them all here, but check out some of our favourite picks below:
The Mango Tree
One of the most loved Thai restaurants in London for a reason (and also said to be Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling’s favourite!) The Mango Tree menu is lengthy, but the Panang Curry and Tom Yum soup are personal favourites. Dare to try some of the more fiery items on the menu, washed down with a deliciously mixed cocktail.
For an Ottoman dining experience in London, head and to Kazan in Wilton Road. The decor is more formal than most other Turkish restaurants in London, but the food is authentically cooked and beautifully plated. Start with the mezze taster, and try the gently stewed ‘Sultan’s Delight’ lamb for your main course. Finish off with Baklava served with rose ice cream.
For an Instagram worthy brunch in Victoria, look no further than Timmy Green. This Aussie inspired diner is worth a visit for the coconut French toast alone. And since it’s styled on Australian cafes, you know the coffee is good! The Asian chicken salad is a great choice for a healthy option, or you could just skip that and opt for a bottomless brunch!
Get ready to place your trust in the kitchen staff here. All you’ll be asked at this intimate Chinese restaurant is how spicy you like your food and if there’s anything you don’t want to eat. The chefs will then put together a tasting menu of tapas-sized Chinese courses which will be a surprise for you until they reach your table. Hunan is a good choice if you’re looking for lunch restaurants in Victoria.
Getting Around from Victoria Station
Train: Staying in one of the busiest transport hubs in the city means you’re never short of options to get around. Victoria station itself is one of the biggest train stations in London, with regular trains taking you to various destinations in the South East, including Brighton, Canterbury and Horsham. You can also jump onto the Gatwick Express to reach Gatwick Airport in just 30 minutes (running every 15 minutes).
Tube: Located in London Underground’s Zone 1, you can zip around the city using the Victoria line, the District and Circle lines. Buy and top up an Oyster card at the station if you’re planning to be in the city for more than a day.
Bus: Directly outside the front of Victoria train station, you’ll find a number of frequent buses taking you to destinations all over the city. If you want a tour of the city en route, the classic London double decker bus is recommended over the tube. Try and grab the front seat on the top deck for the best views.
Coach: Located a mere 3 minute walk away from the train station, Victoria Coach station is the busiest coach terminus in the city. There are regular coaches from here taking you all over the UK, and even to European destinations