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Maps of Pimlico, London SW1V

Ever since Lord Grosvenor did the deal with Thomas Cubitt in 1825, Pimlico has tended to be more about aspiration than inspiration. One struggles to find extraordinary points of interest to boast about. We have no Grand Houses, Victorian serial killers, ancient monuments or tourist attractions to offer you. There are no white-cubed art galleries, hipster hangouts, designer boutiques or billionaire ghettos.

We do currently have the best place to live in this town and we all very much hope that nobody else discovers that fact, at least for the present. Since you’ve already found your way here, we’ve made a map of interesting particulars.

There’s not much on it, obviously.

New! Boutique Restaurant & Hotel, Waitrose, Meetup

The Clarendon is now a fancy hotel and restaurant

Main dining area, 64 Degrees restaurant, Pimlico, London

The team behind the trendy 64 Degrees restaurants and Artist Residence Hotels in Brighton and Penzance have brought their quirky formula to Pimlico with a total rehabilitation of what was The Clarendon on Cambridge Street. Hoteliers Justin Salisbury and Charlotte Newey were looking to open a London branch in the East End but saw the Cambridge Street site and, as they calculated the viability of a Pimlico location, saw that the geography, transport links and demographics made a lot of sense. It doesn’t hurt that there’s nowhere quite like it in the area.

Charlotte took me for a quick tour of the building and explained the whys and wherefores:

Nine Elms Bridge: Design Showcase

Latest: 17th March 2015 All-Brit Shortlist Revealed for Nine Elms bridge via Architects’ Journal

Wandsworth Council have announced a public showcase of initial design concepts for their cycle bridge proposal which could obliterate Pimlico’s last bit of green, open space by the River.

The competition to design a suitable crossing to connect Nine Elms more directly with the North side of the Thames has apparently caught the interest of up to 80 international design teams who will be displaying their ideas at this brief exhibition next week. Pimlico residents are invited to have a look and make up their own minds about the possibilities.

Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Design Competition

The designs will be anonymous to keep the focus of attention on the concepts and will be published can be seen on the Gallery page of the NEP Bridge Competition website. The exhibition is being billed as an opportunity for people from across London to have their say, though they haven’t yet given details of how that might actually happen. Until there is a feedback system, please tell us what you think and we will compile all your comments, anonymously, for their attention – use the Contact Page or the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Following this exhibition, a jury panel will reduce the proposals down to a shortlist of up to four teams to go through to the next stage. The jury panel members include Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, architect Graham Stirk, engineer Henry Bardsley, CABE chair Pam Alexander and Lambeth Council’s Joanne Simpson.

Wandsworth have privately invited a couple of Pimlico residents to join the Residents’ Review Panel which can pass comments to the jury. We can’t find any public representation for Pimlico or Westminster.

Westminster Boating Base,136 Grosvenor Road, London SW1V 3JY (view map)
Monday 23rd February: 11am – 7pm and Tuesday 24th February: 9am – 7pm

Nine Elms Bridge: Design Showcase

Pimlico residents are invited to view the initial design concepts for the Pimlico to Nine Elms bridge across the Thames, Feb 23-24 at Westminster Boating Base,136 Grosvenor Road SW1V 3JY