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The Garden Village of Pimlico Walk

The garden village of Pimlico has some surprising designs that are worth seeing. Explore how Pimlico has been shaped in the 18th to 21st centuries. Discover peaceful landscapes as well an awesome 20th century architecture design.
  • Unique walking tour
  • Discover a serene part of London
  • Qualified City of Westminster guide
90 mins linear walk
Individual tickets £20

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The garden village of Pimlico has some surprising designs that are worth seeing. The area features peaceful landscapes with stunning white stucco squares and lush gardens, as well an awesome 20th century architecture design.

This walk explores how Pimlico has been shaped by some important and influential planning, housing and design ideas in the 18th to 21st centuries. All in 90 minutes.

Barbara Wright, City of Westminster guide will take you on this walking tour.

Hear about how master builder Thomas Cubitt created the Pimlico district. Get under the skin of this remarkable neighbourhood; where Londoner’s really live, away from the hustle and bustle, and yet only a stone’s throw from the country’s political centre.

Apart from Cubitt’s squares and terraces you will be introduced to some architecturally iconic schemes of the 20th century together with issues in the public housing movement in the UK over time, right to the present day.

The brilliant and often forgotten post war writer and Observer architecture critic Iain Nairn lived in Pimlico and we will hear how he led a campaign about the importance of buildings in shaping society in positive ways.

Pimlico has stunning stucco houses and garden squares, quaint churches and is an undiscovered part of London to explore in detail with us on this fascinating guided walk.

The walk finishes at Tachbrook Street market, a short walk to Victoria station, the perfect place to get your foodie fix. There are a wide variety of multicultural food stalls to choose from including Japanese, Turkish, Jordanian, South American-style and more besides. You can also get your meat and fish supplies in at the regular butcher and fishmonger. Don’t forget your fruit and veg too.

Your Guide: Barbara Wright

The Garden Village of Pimlico Walk Reviews


I did not really know Pimlico and thanks to Barbara I have discovered a nice and eclectic area I did not imagine. And as usual I learnt a lot about history


Knowledgeable guide who gave an interesting walk on the architecture and housing in the area


Barbara is a fantastic guide! I found the Pimlico Tour so interesting that the 1.5 hours just flew by. Her knowledge is amazing and she is such an interesting lady, I felt I could have chatted to her all day. It was great to hear the history of this area and uncover some hidden gems. Looking forward to going on another one of her tours! ❤️


Excellent walk led by Barbara. Very interesting walk around a beautiful area. Not a fast walk where you can’t stop and admire the scenery. Very enjoyable.


Barbara is very knowledgeable and it was an interesting walk around an area I didn’t know very well. It threw up some interesting facts and was a good mixture of old and new architecture. I had no idea that Pimlico tube station opened as recently as 1971. 


Barbara our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area. She had a headset megaphone so was easy to hear. It was an area I knew nothing about but Barbara gave us fascinating insights particularly into Thomes Cubitts, builder and philanthropust and his association with the Grosvenors and thus the Dukes of Westminster. Would highly recommend her walks.


This was my second walk with Barbara, and I was really looking forward to it after her Soho walk, as that was excellent. So, off to Pimlico (a place I had never really visited), I went and was greeted with a cheery hello on arrival as she recognised me from the soho walk, it’s always nice to be remembered. Some of the things I liked from the first tour with her were.

  • Pace, not too fast and not slow, but kept everyone moving, though some lingered at the back, she always waited for them to catch up.
  • Voice, truly clear and checked all could hear her using the voice box.
  • Language, keeps it simple so that all can understand.
  • Knowledge, encyclopedic, incredibly knowledgeable about her areas of the walk and links it all together to give a full history.
  • Aids, uses her file of pictures, maps etc of the people, places etc involved to exceptionally advantageous effect, it added to my understanding of the growth and development over the centuries of the area.

And I was not disappointed, it was more of the same on this excellent walk around Pimlico and for which I have gained a quiet appreciation, it is really like a slightly cheaper version of Belgravia, and I learned an awful lot about that Master builder Thomas Cubbit.

An interesting walk around Pimlico on a damp day. Barbara, our guide, was friendly and knowledgeable. However, some of the busy roads made it difficult to hear her, such as by the tube station and outside Dolphin Sq. It was a nice little trip down memory lane for us as we used to live in the area more than 25 years ago. As with all the London Guided Walks, we learn/see something new each time.
Very interesting walk of a part of London I didn’t know at all well.

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