American expats living in London should make the most of their time in the great city and explore the often overlooked, less publicized, not so touristy neighborhoods like Pimlico. Located in the heart of London in the city of Westminster Pimlico has much to offer both the cradle Londoner and the American expat. The architecture alone is worth the Tube ride to get there. Once there a trip to the Tate Museum is due as is some shopping. We recommend expats make a day out of this delightful neighborhood and explore Pimlico!
Living in London – Pimlico History
Pimlico’s history really begins in 1825 when Thomas Cubitt was hired to design the area. Previously a marsh Pimlico’s development was made possible by the excavation (and resulting topsoil) of St. Katherine’s Dock. Cubitt purposefully designed a well-planned grid of streets with attractive homes lining them. The area was originally created for the upper middle class and was a highly desirable area to call home. During the late nineteenth century the area saw a slight decline but was once again developed in the early to mid twentieth century in large part due to its closeness to the House of Parliament. Although it was heavily damaged during the bombings of the Second World War it was quickly redeveloped as middle class flats in the 1950s.
Living in London – Tate Museum
One of the premier art galleries the Tate is home to a permanent collection of both historical and modern British art as well as traveling exhibits. Items in the permanent collection include works by artists such as David Hockney, Peter Blake and Francis Bacon. The current special exhibit is The Romantics, a display portraying and examining the Romantic artists of Britain. Admission is free and is open Monday through Saturday throughout the year.
Living in London – Famous Pimlico People
A trip to Pimlico wouldn’t be complete without visiting where Pimlico’s finest citizens once frequented. Famous Pimlico residents include:
Sir Winston Churchill
Laura Ashley (designer)
Laurence Olivier (actor)
Joseph Conrad (novelist)
Jomo Kenyatta (first President of Kenya)
Charles de Gualle (French President)
Bram Stoker (author of Dracula)