Victoria Mini Guide
Victoria in a Nutshell
Victoria is a commercial and residential area of London, named after Queen Victoria. It also encompasses London Victoria Train Station built in 1861 and well known landmarks in London.
How do I get There?
London Victoria has a railway terminus and an underground system and there are buses from the forecourt. The Brighton
Lines are the most important train routes. If you arrive into London Gatwick Airport you can take the Gatwick Express train service to Victoria, it runs every 15 minutes and takes just 30 minutes. The London Underground also runs from there using the Circle Line and District Line as well as the Victoria Line. Victoria Coach Station is nearby and has long distance coaches arriving from all over the UK and Europe. Victoria itself, can easily be explored by foot.
What Facilities Does London Victoria Have?
The station is well equipped for travellers and visitors to the area. You can change money there or use the ATM as well as book a hotel or find out more information about the area. There are lots of cafes and food outlets, whatever your taste, and everything from sushi to Cornish pasties or you can just grab a sandwich. You can also do a bit of shopping there too, whether you are looking for clothes and music or chocolates and flowers. There is a pharmacy and newsagent too and a convenience store. You can even get your shoes mended or your hair cut!
What can I see or do in Victoria?
In Victoria Street, you will find the famous Westminster Abbey and also the Westminster Cathedral, built in 1903, it is the largest Catholic church in England. If you like to shop you can go to Cardinal Place and the Victoria Place shopping centre, next to the station. In the evening you can see a musical or a show at the Victoria Palace Theatre or the Apollo Victoria.
What Else can I see Nearby?
Buckingham Palace and Grosvenor Gardens are a 10 minute walk away. You can take a trip on the London Eye and also go and see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Where to Stay
The Best Western Victoria Palace is just 500m from the train station. It has 38 rooms with free Wi-Fi and 3 star facilities. It is close to shops and restaurants as well as local attractions.
Victoria today is a mainly residential and commercial district with its station used as an entry point for the city of London. It has several attractions of interest to the visitor including the Victoria Palace Theatre which was home to the Royal Variety Performance and the Black and White Minstrels show for many decades.
You can join a tour of the theatre and learn about its history or see a show there, currently ‘Billy Elliott’ The area is also famous for its street art giving a contemporary feel to Victoria.