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Finessing dessert buns at A. Wong in Pimlico. Andrew Leitch/Eater London

12 Great Places to Eat in Victoria and Pimlico

Including two of London’s very best Chinese restaurants

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Pimlico and Victoria are hard work. While Victoria is bustling, busy and commercialised, Pimlico is in a transitory state and still feels a little unloved. To most, Victoria Station’s walls are imprisoning, and the food experience peaks at an M&S sandwich. But step out without a traveller’s agenda to find some of the best dim sum in London, alongside crowd-pleasing modern British, and a charming neighbourhood spot for joyous homemade pasta.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Goring Dining Room

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15 Beeston Pl, Westminster
London SW1W 0JW, UK

Next door to Siren is The Dining Room, The Goring’s old guard, a bastion of Michelin-starred dining and a favourite of royalty, not least because it’s only round the corner from Buckingham Palace. The Queen Mother enjoyed the eggs drumkilbo — not a bad choice at all — while other famous regulars include Sir Roger Moore and Elle Macpherson, or so it is said. Dishes are the highest of high-end, wines fine by the bottle and by the glass, and the service is exceptional. A glazed lobster omelette and a Sancerre would do.

2. Bleecker Victoria

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205 Victoria St, Westminster
London SW1E 5NE, UK

Created by lawyer-turned-burger maestro Zan Kaufman, Bleecker’s cheeseburger is, by most connoisseurs’ reckoning, the best burger in London. Why? Because it tastes almost exactly like a McDonald’s 99p cheeseburger. Except better, thanks to impeccable free-range meat newly sourced from Mayfair butcher Aubrey Allen. Doubling the patty is recommended. Various locations.

3. Little Bread Pedlar

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34 Moreton St, Pimlico
London SW1V 2PD, UK

The best place to have a Little Bread Pedlar croissant shatter into its soft, buttery honeycomb layers has always been at Spa Terminus on a Saturday morning, but now there’s a new place to feel the euphoria. Open seven days a week, this Pimlico nook holds breads, pastries, and coffee from Lower Marsh’s Coleman, and is a brilliant addition to the area.

4. Tozi

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8 Gillingham St, Pimlico
London SW1V 1HJ, UK

It might only be Tozi’s location that has prevented it from reaching the buzzy and glamorous heights of London’s other pasta restaurants. This is unfortunate, because Tozi is a fine Venetian proposition, bringing considered, willing, gloriously good value cicchetti and wine to match to one of London’s busiest, most in-need quarters. What Tozi supplies is perfect after work dishes; in every one is a degree of expectation but nothing overreaching. Breads from the wood oven are nicely charred and topped with cheeses, meats, roasted vegetables and other Italian crowdpleasers, while the fritti and the raw bar tick boxes happily. But it is the pasta where Tozi really delivers: dishes such as wild boar pappardelle and paccheri with octopus are transportive; the Tuscan bean soup is a stunner.

5. A. Wong

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70 Wilton Rd, Pimlico
London SW1V 1DE, UK

£2 at Michelin-starred A Wong will buy a pork and prawn dumpling topped with pork crackling, or a clear shrimp dumpling, which comes with the most piquant of sweet chilli sauces. Both are impeccably soft and flavourful, both an education. This restaurant is serious fun, and despite A. Wong’s comparative affordability, it’s easy to get carried away. Even the prawn crackers are enlightening. It’s worth stretching to the £108 ‘Taste of China’ menu if possible. If not, settle for a custard bun.

6. Lorne Restaurant

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76 Wilton Rd, Pimlico
London SW1V 1DE, UK

Lorne was much needed — its entry provides Pimlico with the modern British and European food for which everyone now yearns. Lorne does the woody, airy feel superbly well: understated, though fashionable. The food makes Lorne not just a great local restaurant, but a reason to travel: neat fish dishes — likely paired with interesting pickles, beautiful vegetables and leaves — are followed by rich, nutty and (seasonally) truffled game dishes, with Katie Exton and Peter Hall the proud owners of one of London’s gems.

7. Cyprus Mangal

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45 Warwick Way, Lillington and Longmoore Gardens
London SW1V 1QS, UK

The best Greek Cypriot food in London is found way up in the northern clutches of the city, and this is no secret. But for whatever reason, a credible restaurant can be found in Victoria. Cyprus Mangal has an expansive menu, crossing into traditional Greek and western Turkish, with cooling tabbouleh and crisp falafel; the shish kebabs are juicy and generous. But snacks such as the icli kofte, which are succulent deep-fried balls filled with lamb and onion, and imam bayildi, oven-baked aubergines sweet with tomatoes and peppers, mean Cyprus Mangal exceeds expectations.

8. La Poule Au Pot

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231 Ebury St, Belgravia
London SW1W 8UT, UK

The transportive French restaurant with candles and hanging baskets; so provincial, so literary, so risky. Except it’s not at all risky, because Le Poule au Pot nails brasserie like Nemirovsky nails prose. The braising quality of the coq au vin creates a dish that’s rich and deep, while the rabbit with mustard hums with heat, and the bourguignon is majestic. It’s easy to get swept up and order an unaffordable Pauillac, but given this is the kind of place to dine with aged, frivolous relatives, odds are someone else is footing the bill. For Francophiles, Le Poule au Pot will replenish the soul.

9. Hunan

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51 Pimlico Rd, Belgravia
London SW1W 8NE, UK

‘Institution’ is a word bandied about too often in the restaurant industry but, having been around since 1982, Hunan is deserving of the label. Chef Mr Peng admits the restaurant’s name is a misnomer — while wind dried meats and double-cooked pork might appear during a meal, the food skews Taiwanese, with diners submitting to whatever the kitchen feels will suit them having indicated any dislikes and a heat tolerance. A thoroughly enchanting, singular restaurant.

10. Morinoya

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1 Gillingham St, Pimlico
London SW1V 1HN, UK

Morinoya is precisely the kind of restaurant Victoria’s transitory environment needs — efficient, good-value Japanese cooking which kicks chain competitors, of which there are many in the area, into the long grass. Plentiful bento boxes are the order at lunchtime, with solid tori or tonkatsu and gyoza for dinner.

11. Chestnut Bakery

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17-21 Elizabeth St
London SW1W 9RP, UK

Having inherited Dominique Ansel’s former bakery space in Belgravia, Chestnut proclaims its business is “celebrating international baking traditions in the golden age of bread-making.” That translates into some inventive filled croissants with half an eye on Instagram, including a strawberry and rhubarb tart topped with a spiral of the tart stalk; a towering lemon meringue-capped croissant; and a savoury za’atar and gruyere lamination.

12. Morena

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10-11 Eccleston Yards
London SW1W 9AZ, UK

Morena serves decent coffee in an area that largely lacks it, with Colombian sisters Juliana and Valentina Beleno at the helm. It’s heartening to see the care that goes into selecting and roasting beans from individual coffee farms at the Eccleston Yard site, and the drinks — particularly milk-based are strong in every sense.

1. The Goring Dining Room

15 Beeston Pl, Westminster, London SW1W 0JW, UK

Next door to Siren is The Dining Room, The Goring’s old guard, a bastion of Michelin-starred dining and a favourite of royalty, not least because it’s only round the corner from Buckingham Palace. The Queen Mother enjoyed the eggs drumkilbo — not a bad choice at all — while other famous regulars include Sir Roger Moore and Elle Macpherson, or so it is said. Dishes are the highest of high-end, wines fine by the bottle and by the glass, and the service is exceptional. A glazed lobster omelette and a Sancerre would do.

15 Beeston Pl, Westminster
London SW1W 0JW, UK

2. Bleecker Victoria

205 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5NE, UK

Created by lawyer-turned-burger maestro Zan Kaufman, Bleecker’s cheeseburger is, by most connoisseurs’ reckoning, the best burger in London. Why? Because it tastes almost exactly like a McDonald’s 99p cheeseburger. Except better, thanks to impeccable free-range meat newly sourced from Mayfair butcher Aubrey Allen. Doubling the patty is recommended. Various locations.

205 Victoria St, Westminster
London SW1E 5NE, UK

3. Little Bread Pedlar

34 Moreton St, Pimlico, London SW1V 2PD, UK

The best place to have a Little Bread Pedlar croissant shatter into its soft, buttery honeycomb layers has always been at Spa Terminus on a Saturday morning, but now there’s a new place to feel the euphoria. Open seven days a week, this Pimlico nook holds breads, pastries, and coffee from Lower Marsh’s Coleman, and is a brilliant addition to the area.

34 Moreton St, Pimlico
London SW1V 2PD, UK

4. Tozi

8 Gillingham St, Pimlico, London SW1V 1HJ, UK

It might only be Tozi’s location that has prevented it from reaching the buzzy and glamorous heights of London’s other pasta restaurants. This is unfortunate, because Tozi is a fine Venetian proposition, bringing considered, willing, gloriously good value cicchetti and wine to match to one of London’s busiest, most in-need quarters. What Tozi supplies is perfect after work dishes; in every one is a degree of expectation but nothing overreaching. Breads from the wood oven are nicely charred and topped with cheeses, meats, roasted vegetables and other Italian crowdpleasers, while the fritti and the raw bar tick boxes happily. But it is the pasta where Tozi really delivers: dishes such as wild boar pappardelle and paccheri with octopus are transportive; the Tuscan bean soup is a stunner.

8 Gillingham St, Pimlico
London SW1V 1HJ, UK

5. A. Wong

70 Wilton Rd, Pimlico, London SW1V 1DE, UK

£2 at Michelin-starred A Wong will buy a pork and prawn dumpling topped with pork crackling, or a clear shrimp dumpling, which comes with the most piquant of sweet chilli sauces. Both are impeccably soft and flavourful, both an education. This restaurant is serious fun, and despite A. Wong’s comparative affordability, it’s easy to get carried away. Even the prawn crackers are enlightening. It’s worth stretching to the £108 ‘Taste of China’ menu if possible. If not, settle for a custard bun.

70 Wilton Rd, Pimlico
London SW1V 1DE, UK

6. Lorne Restaurant

76 Wilton Rd, Pimlico, London SW1V 1DE, UK

Lorne was much needed — its entry provides Pimlico with the modern British and European food for which everyone now yearns. Lorne does the woody, airy feel superbly well: understated, though fashionable. The food makes Lorne not just a great local restaurant, but a reason to travel: neat fish dishes — likely paired with interesting pickles, beautiful vegetables and leaves — are followed by rich, nutty and (seasonally) truffled game dishes, with Katie Exton and Peter Hall the proud owners of one of London’s gems.

76 Wilton Rd, Pimlico
London SW1V 1DE, UK

7. Cyprus Mangal

45 Warwick Way, Lillington and Longmoore Gardens, London SW1V 1QS, UK

The best Greek Cypriot food in London is found way up in the northern clutches of the city, and this is no secret. But for whatever reason, a credible restaurant can be found in Victoria. Cyprus Mangal has an expansive menu, crossing into traditional Greek and western Turkish, with cooling tabbouleh and crisp falafel; the shish kebabs are juicy and generous. But snacks such as the icli kofte, which are succulent deep-fried balls filled with lamb and onion, and imam bayildi, oven-baked aubergines sweet with tomatoes and peppers, mean Cyprus Mangal exceeds expectations.

45 Warwick Way, Lillington and Longmoore Gardens
London SW1V 1QS, UK

8. La Poule Au Pot

231 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 8UT, UK

The transportive French restaurant with candles and hanging baskets; so provincial, so literary, so risky. Except it’s not at all risky, because Le Poule au Pot nails brasserie like Nemirovsky nails prose. The braising quality of the coq au vin creates a dish that’s rich and deep, while the rabbit with mustard hums with heat, and the bourguignon is majestic. It’s easy to get swept up and order an unaffordable Pauillac, but given this is the kind of place to dine with aged, frivolous relatives, odds are someone else is footing the bill. For Francophiles, Le Poule au Pot will replenish the soul.

231 Ebury St, Belgravia
London SW1W 8UT, UK

9. Hunan

51 Pimlico Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 8NE, UK

‘Institution’ is a word bandied about too often in the restaurant industry but, having been around since 1982, Hunan is deserving of the label. Chef Mr Peng admits the restaurant’s name is a misnomer — while wind dried meats and double-cooked pork might appear during a meal, the food skews Taiwanese, with diners submitting to whatever the kitchen feels will suit them having indicated any dislikes and a heat tolerance. A thoroughly enchanting, singular restaurant.

51 Pimlico Rd, Belgravia
London SW1W 8NE, UK

10. Morinoya

1 Gillingham St, Pimlico, London SW1V 1HN, UK

Morinoya is precisely the kind of restaurant Victoria’s transitory environment needs — efficient, good-value Japanese cooking which kicks chain competitors, of which there are many in the area, into the long grass. Plentiful bento boxes are the order at lunchtime, with solid tori or tonkatsu and gyoza for dinner.

1 Gillingham St, Pimlico
London SW1V 1HN, UK

11. Chestnut Bakery

17-21 Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9RP, UK

Having inherited Dominique Ansel’s former bakery space in Belgravia, Chestnut proclaims its business is “celebrating international baking traditions in the golden age of bread-making.” That translates into some inventive filled croissants with half an eye on Instagram, including a strawberry and rhubarb tart topped with a spiral of the tart stalk; a towering lemon meringue-capped croissant; and a savoury za’atar and gruyere lamination.

17-21 Elizabeth St
London SW1W 9RP, UK

12. Morena

10-11 Eccleston Yards, London SW1W 9AZ, UK

Morena serves decent coffee in an area that largely lacks it, with Colombian sisters Juliana and Valentina Beleno at the helm. It’s heartening to see the care that goes into selecting and roasting beans from individual coffee farms at the Eccleston Yard site, and the drinks — particularly milk-based are strong in every sense.

10-11 Eccleston Yards
London SW1W 9AZ, UK

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