St George’s Square Gardens, Pimlico: my sunny lunchtime spot
Among the private gardens and posh white stucco houses that line Pimlico’s streets sits St George’s Square Gardens. Originally laid-out in the 19th century, it offers a welcome break from the chain sandwich shops and office blocks of nearby Victoria.
Now that the sun is shining again, I took my new camera lens on a walk to show you why I’ll take any excuse to be there with a book…
St George’s Square was laid out in 1839 and became residential 15 years later. At the time it was open on one side to the Thames and even had its own pier.
The church at one end is St Saviour’s, which was built in 1864 on land gifted by Thomas Cubitt in his will. The church is the last one to be designed by Thomas Cundy Jnr — son of the famous architect. It thankfully survived war damage and a church hall was added in the 1950s.
The church has some impressive connections: Diana, Princess of Wales, worked in the church hall prior to her marriage to Prince Charles and Laurence Olivier was once a choir boy in the church itself.
Nowadays, the church allows the gardens some shelter from the busy Pimlico streets. Big, beautiful lawns sit between a small flower garden at one end and a dog-friendly area at the other, with a fountain and lots of benches in peaceful spots in the middle. The benches are marked with messages dedicated to locals who have passed on and it’s a bitter-sweet experience to read them.
Visit at lunchtime you’ll see a decent amount of Pimlico’s office workers, as well as yummy mummies and boot camps. Though, thankfully, there are still enough quiet corners to while away the minutes before I’m due back at my desk…
Opening times: Opens 8am daily; closing time is dependent on the time of year — see website for full list.
Nearest Tube: Pimlico
More information: Visit the Westminster Council website here