London area of SW1 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's SW1 neighbourhood

The SW1 postcode district covers most of Westminster and is split into eight different sub-sections, each with an additional letter tagged on the end. SW1 covers some of central London's most famous landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and St James's Park. The boundaries sweep along the Thames from Whitehall to Pimlico, around to Sloane Square and the start of the Kings Road, and then up towards plush Belgravia, the Queen's residence and beyond. The area of Westminster is dominated by the business of government, and the great symbols of British greatness. The Houses of Parliament, with its mighty bell Big Ben, can be heard throughout Central London chiming the hours, while at the top of Whitehall, Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are considered the heart of the nation. The National Gallery is the repository of Britain's best international art collection while Tate Britain, in the attractive riverside area of Millbank, has the best permanent exhibition of British Art in the world.

See our recommended nearby SW1 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

SW1 Hotels

in or near SW1
Tophams Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
24 – 32 Ebury Street, SW1W
Tophams Hotel in Belgravia has undergone a two-year refurbishment so the 48 bedrooms of this long running establishment are now fashionably bright and modern. Located at ... More
 
 
 
The Grosvenor Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
101 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W
With well appointed bedrooms including suites, the Grosvenor hotel offers a traditional atmosphere with friendly, attentive service. A multi-million pound refurbishment has recently restored this hotel ... More
 
 
 
The Goring Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Beeston Place, SW1W
A trip back into a quieter, more civil age, the Goring hotel is still in the hands of the family who have run it since 1910, ... More
 
 
 

SW1 Entertainment

in or near SW1
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The Boisdale Jazz & Cigar Club
London > Entertainment > Jazz Clubs
15 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, SW1, London SW1W
A tartan clad jazz, cigar and supper club, Boisdale of Belgravia has an the old fashioned charm of a gentlemen's club. Situated in an elegant Regency ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria Palace Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Victoria Street, SW1, London SW1E
The exterior of the Victoria Palace is among the most impressive of any theatre in London. Before the advent of air travel, the giant arch, dome ... More
 
 
 
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St James Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
12 Palace Street, SW1, London SW1E
Billed by its operators as 'the first newly built central London theatre in 30 years', St James Theatre opens to ... More
 
 
 

SW1 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near SW1
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Big Bus Company
London > Attractions > Sightseeing Tours
48 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1, London SW1W
The Big Bus Company tour takes you to all of London's famous landmarks and reveals the capital's colourful 2,000-year history. The tour offers you a choice ... More
 
 
 
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St Peter's Church, Eaton Square
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
119 Eaton Square, SW1, London SW1W
St Peter's was built by Hakewill in 1827 and later enlarged by Blomfield in 1875. Rebuilt and opened in 1992, following a fire in 1987, it ... More
 
 
 
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Westminster Cathedral
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
42 Francis Street, SW1, London SW1P
Not to be confused with Westminster Abbey, the nearby Westminster Cathedral in Victoria is London's only example of neo-Byzantine architecture, described by the poet John Betjeman ... More
 
 
 

SW1 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's SW1
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Erickson Beamon
London > Shopping > Jewellery
38 Elizabeth Street, SW1, London SW1W
Beamon is an inspired designer who offers subtly pretty and fabulously stylish jewellery, eyecatching but not overpowering. The company is much lauded for its work with ... More
 
 
 
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The Chocolate Society
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
36 Elizabeth Street, SW1, London SW1W
The Chocolate Society is one of the most excellent shops in London. They really know their stuff and produce handmade confections that will knock your socks ... More
 
 
 
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Poilane
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
46 Elizabeth Street, SW1, London SW1W
Superb French bakery which dates back to 1832 when Lionel Poilane, a young baker from Normandy, came to Paris to open his first shop. His mission ... More
 
 
 

SW1 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near SW1 London?
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Olivomare
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
12 Lower Belgrave Street, SW1, London SW1W
This corner of Belgravia now contains three Sardinian restaurants owned by the irrepressible Mauro Sanna, which seems rather a lot considering that the local Mafiosi are ... More
 
 
 
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Santini
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
29 Ebury Street, Belgravia, , SW1, London SW1W
Italian cuisine ... More
 
 
 
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Ken Lo's Memories of China
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
65 - 69 Ebury Street, SW1, London SW1W
Chinese cuisine. Booking advised, essential on weekends. Separate room for parties.... More
 
 
 

SW1 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London SW1.
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The Ebury
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
11 Pimlico Road, SW1, London SW1W
The Ebury closed on 5th November 2012. When The Ebury first opened up in what was a neglected corner of Pimlico, replacing a grungy old man ... More
 
 
 
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The Pantechnicon
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
10 Motcomb Street, SW1, London SW1X
From the people who brought us The Thomas Cubitt gastropub comes this Motcomb Street venture with a ground floor bar and two ... More
 
 
 
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The Orange Public House & Hotel
London > Nightlife > Pubs
37 Pimlico Road, SW1, London SW1W
The Orange Public House and Hotel on Pimlico Road has been lovingly restored to its former glory by the team behind The Thomas Cubitt and The ... More
 
 
 

SW1 Nightlife

SW1 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Cask & Glass
London > Nightlife > Bars
39 - 41 Palace Street, SW1, London SW1E
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The Tapster
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
3 Brewers Green, Buckingham Gate, SW1, London SW1H
Wine Bar ... More
 
 
 
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Blue Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, SW1, London SW1X
Having a cocktail in the Blue Bar is akin to sipping on gin and tonic in a very posh - and possibly eccentric - grand dame's ... More
 
 
 

SW1 Leisure

SW1 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Argonauts
London > Leisure > Extreme Sports
Queen Mother Sports Centre, Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1, London SW1V
This friendly, professional diving club based in Central London has been running for 30 years, and is now based at the Queen Mother Sports centre which ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Retreat at Harrods
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
5th Floor, Harrods, SW1, London SW1X
Surely one of the most desirable places to spoil yourself rotten - the Urban Retreat flagship spa sits ever so prettily on the top floor of ... More
 
 
 
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Ushvani
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
1 Cadogan Garden, SW1, London SW3
One of Knightsbridge's better kept secrets is the Ushvani day spa, tucked away in a Grade II listed building on Cadogan Gardens. Founded by Usha Arumugam, ... More
 
 
 

SW1 Education

in or near SW1
Live Music Now
London > Education > Arts and Drama
4 Lower Belgrave Street, SW1, London SW1W
Social and educational initiative to promote live music. They take performances all over the UK.... More
 
 
 
Instituto Cervantes
London > Education > Language Courses
102 Eaton Square, SW1, London SW1W
The Instituto is the official Spanish Government Cultural Centre. The London branch is one of forty that make up the largest Spanish teaching organisation in the ... More
 
 
 
Speaker Skills Training
London > Education > Business Faculties
Ground Floor, 3 Chester Mews, SW1, London SW1X
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SW1 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near SW1.
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Thomas Cubitt
London > Business > Venue Hire
44 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, SW1, London SW1W
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The Lanesborough a St. Regis Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
Hyde Park Corner, Westminster, SW1, London SW1X
Capturing the style of an exquisite early 19th-century residence, this esteemed establishment is wonderfully elegant and upmarket. Offering an exclusive personalised service, every guest is ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
80 Vincent Square, SW1, London SW1P
The architecturally unique Royal Horticultural Halls boasts two halls and a conference centre. Lindley Hall overlooking leafy Vincent Square is a popular venue for corporate events. ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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