Pimlico is a small area of central London in the City of Westminster. Like Belgravia, to which it was built as a southern extension, Pimlico is known for its grand garden squares and impressive Regency architecture.
The area is seperated from Belgravia to the north by Victoria Railway Station, and bounded by the River Thames to the south, Vauxhall Bridge to the east and the former Grosvenor Canal to the west. At its centre lies the Pimlico "Grid", a residential area populated by handsome, stucco-fronted homes. The entire district was formerly owned by the Grosvenor family.
The large majority of the buildings in Pimlico are residential and were designed by the builder Thomas Cubitt, a statue of whom can be seen in the area. Most of the district is included in a conservation area. Pimlico is also home to the iconic Churchill Gardens estate and the pre-war Dolphin Square development, both designated conservation areas in their own right.
Notable residents have included Sir Winston Churchill, Laura Ashley, Swami Vivekananda, Laurence Olivier, Jomo Kenyatta, Aubrey Beardsley, Joseph Conrad, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield, Michael Howard and Richard Dadd.