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Victoria Station, London – 20 Things To Do Nearby 2024

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London Victoria Station is one of London’s central transport hubs with lots of things to do nearby. Victoria has undergone quite the transformation in recent years, with some serious money being invested in the area.

You don’t have to visit Victoria Station just to catch a train as the redeveloped Victoria area of Westminster in London has become a destination in itself, especially as a gourmet go-to place for afternoon eats and late night bites.

From the newly opened bars and restaurants beneath London Victoria’s Nova building to the eclectic Ecclestone Yard to ‘pretty in pink’ Peggy Porschen’s cupcakes, here are the top things to do near Victoria Station in central London in 2024:

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Things to do near Victoria Station in London

1. Nova Building Restaurants and Bars

The newest addition to London Victoria’s things to do! A walk around Westminster is not complete without nosing around Nova Square.

An epicentre of new bar and restaurant openings, Nova Square has a whole host of outdoor dining terraces within a small area.

Nova Building Restaurants and Bars Victoria London

From classic chains like Franco Manca and Shake Shack to something a little more different like OTHERWORLD VR (unique VR experiences), there is much to sample here, and given how close it is to Victoria Station, you can easily head here before or after any train journeys.

Still hungry afterwards? Crosstown Doughnuts also has one of the coolest looking doughnut kiosks in the whole of London.

Franco Manca pizza, Nova Building Restaurants and Bars Victoria London
Franco Manca
Crosstown Doughnuts London Victoria
Crosstown Doughnuts

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2. Market Hall Victoria food court

Another of Victoria’s veritable foodie destinations is the Market Food Hall, housed in the former Pacha night club building and from the same peeps that produced the wonderful Oxford Circus and Canary Wharf food halls.

Market Hall Victoria food court, London

With two levels of street-food kiosks and an outdoor terrace overlooking Victoria train station, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets at Market Hall Victoria.

Popular with workers in the week and busy with the brunch set at the weekends, food stalls to choose from include Koya Ko noodles, rotis from Gopal’s Corner and negronis from practically everywhere!

In fact, Market Hall Victoria is so close to Victoria station (literally metres away), you could quite easily be sipping sauvignon or necking negronis until about two minutes before your train. You’re welcome!

Market Hall Victoria food court, London
Dan Dan noodles from BaoziInn
Market Hall Victoria food court, London

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3. St James’s Park

Go green with a walk to St James Park in Westminster, one of London’s finest Royal Parks. Located smack bang in the centre of the capital in the shadow of Buckingham Palace, this park is free to visit and perfect for picnics or lakeside strolls.

St James’s Park near Victoria Station, London

With 57 acres of parkland including various lakes and ponds (watch out for those pelicans), there is also a Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Park and a few cafes and food kiosks in case you forgot to bring your own hamper (deck-chairs are often available to hire).

St James’s Park is one of our favourite London parks and the best stretch to walk is towards Horse Guards Parade as the floral displays here are incredible – kudos to the groundskeepers.

St James’s Park is an approximately 10 minute walk from London’s Victoria Station. St James’s Park is also one of our 70 best free things to do in London >

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St James’s Park near Victoria Station, London

4. Peggy Porschen Cupcake Cafe

Pretty in pink! Easily one of London’s most Instagrammable places, you’ll likely have a sense of deja vu as you first approach Peggy Porschen cupcake bakery and cafe via the beautiful Belgravia streets.

Due to its bright pink and faux floral exterior, Peggy Porschen in Victoria is one of the most photographed cafes / bakeries in London.

Peggy Porschen Victoria station

The downside to this is that you may have to push aside (politely – probably) Peggy Porschen posers from outside the entrance after their 100th attempt at a selfie (this is genuinely not an exaggeration).

We’ve visited Peggy Porschen as part of a sweet and savoury food tour and we sat outside eating a variety of delicious cupcakes – so once you manage to get served, the cupcakes are worth staying for.

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5. Curzon Victoria

Victoria’s cultural hub, this five screen cinema, part of the Curzon cinema chain plays a mix of blockbuster fare accompanying arthouse and indie flicks.

There is a cafe bar on site at Curzon Victoria with a pizza and basic food menu (with popcorn of course). If you are feeling frugal, there is a nearby Waitrose or Sainsburys where you can buy cheaper snacks for the movies beforehand.

6. Grosvenor Gardens

Part park, part art pop-up hub, Grosvenor Gardens is the nearest green space to Victoria station if you want to stretch your legs or catch some rays between trains.

Grosvenor Gardens near Victoria Station, London

Although Grosvenor Gardens park can be a little sketchy at night, during the day, they sometimes have temporary art exhibitions or sculptures on display.

Also check out the rather impressive statue of Ferninand Foch on horseback and the strangely sublime shell grottos.

Grosvenor Gardens near Victoria Station, London

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7. Westminster Cathedral

The largest Catholic church in the UK, Westminster Cathedral is a couple of minutes walk away from Victoria station and is free to visit (but be respectful of service times and worshippers).

Opened in 1910 with neo-Byzantine stylings, this is a popular place of worship and often hosts choral events and special events – it is also a widely used filming location featuring in movies like Elizabeth The Golden Age.

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8. Cardinal Place

Part of Victoria’s recent flurry of development work, Cardinal Place is a new (ish) shopping centre and office development in the shadow of Westminster Cathedral where the ground floor is given over to ample retail and dining space.

Cardinal Place Victoria London

Flagship stores include M&S (Marks and Spencer), Boots and chain restaurants including Nandos, Wagamamas, Pret and cheerless chain restaurant Bills.

2024 Update – Please note the Rooftop Garden at Cardinal Place near Victoria Station is currently closed.

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9. Theatres near Victoria Station

Victoria has two main theatres and its very own ‘West End’, both within one minute’s walk of Victoria train station. The Apollo is ‘Wicked’ – well, literally as the witchy musical has been playing here for years.

Victoria Palace Theatre

Victoria’s other theatre is the Victoria Palace Theatre, which was built in the 1910s. Since 2017, the Victoria Palace Theatre has been home to the London production of ‘Hamilton the Musical’ – quite the run!

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10. Eccleston Yards

This former industrial setting in Belgravia is chock full of warehouses and has recently been transformed into a cultural centre – Eccleston Yards. Here you will find many cafes and bars (plus gyms and yoga studios so you can work it off afterwards).

Eccleston Yards Victoria London

Centred around an outdoor yard with picnic tables and seats, the alfresco artwork changes often at Eccleston Yards and their Victoria pop-up events include a Sunday farmers market and outdoor aerobic sessions.

A destination for dining and drinking, Ecclestone Yards is also an eclectic enclave of exercise, creative studios and small businesses.

Eccleston Yards Victoria London

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11. Buckingham Palace

We couldn’t write a ‘Things to do in Victoria’ guide without mentioning Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s royal residence in London and likely the most popular tourist attraction in the UK (thanks Ma’am).

During the summer months, you can visit several of the Buckingham Palace royal rooms and interiors as part of an (expensive) guided tour – booking in advance is essential.

However you can explore the front and exterior for free by peering through the gates at the front.

Try and time your trip with the regular Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace which takes place daily at around 11am in June and July (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for the rest of the year).

The walk from Victoria Station to see the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace takes around 10 minutes (but allow more time to get a good spot).

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12. Regency Cafe

Is this London’s best breakfast cafe? We’d like to think so as the food and fry-ups are delicious, and the interiors are like stepping back in time.

Regency Cafe london

Since the Regency Cafe opened in the 1940s, not a lot has changed and the white tiled interiors are a majestic setting for good old fashioned grub at not too bad prices.

Regency Cafe in Pimlico / Victoria is also used as a filming location on a regular basis, most notably used as a key location (THAT fight-scene) for the movie Layer Cake starring Daniel Craig.

Regency Cafe London fried breakfast

13. Flight Club Victoria

Bullseye! Before you ‘dart’ to Victoria Station to catch the train home, why not have a flight of fancy and try to hit 180 in Flight Club, the home of social darts in the city of London?

We’d rate Flight Club Victoria Station as one of the best activity bars in London.

Darts is a well loved sport here in the UK! If you haven’t heard of it before, think of it as throwing mini arrows at a circular board where you are trying to get the best score, the first to 301 or 501.

Flight club is a darts themed bar where you can step up the oche and throw a few flights.

Prices as of 2024 start from £10 per person for 60 minutes, or £13 per person for 90 minutes. Other than Victoria Station, additional London Flight Club branches include Shoreditch, Islington and Bloomsbury.

14. OTHERWORLD VR | Victoria

A little bit of Black Mirror in central London, this Victoria Virtual Reality bar is probably the only place where you can legally shoot zombies in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.

OTHERWORLD VR | Victoria station

With around 16 different VR games to choose from plus plenty of pour your own drink taps (wine and cocktails), be transported to Otherworld, a virtual island paradise. We also liked the feature where you can rack in up points in the virtual world to get money off in the bar IRL!

OTHERWORLD VR | Victoria prices start from around £45 for about an hour of game-play. A second London brand of OTHERWORLD VR can also be found in Haggerston, Hackney (Acton Mews).

OTHERWORLD VR | Victoria station

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15. Explore Belgravia

A largely residential district that takes in the best of Kensington, Chelsea, Victoria and Pimlico, London’s boujee Belgravia district is an affluent area with several smaller shopping streets and retail areas.

Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street has a sundry of cafes, restaurants and fine fashion stores, perfect for outdoor sessions and people watching. Most of the businesses (particularly the fashion and floral stores) band together to change their foliage displays out front seasonably.

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16. Bandai Namco Gachapon Victoria Store 

New for  2024, London’s latest gachapon capsule toy store has opened in Victoria Station (as far as we know, the only train station in London to have its own dedicated and official gashapon store).

Located on the upper concourse area in Victoria Place Shopping Centre, the Gashapon official Bandai Namco store has several hundred toy capsule machines to choose from, starting from around £5 a time (so quite a bit more expensive than they are in Japan).

Bandai Namco Gachapon capsule toys in London Victoria station Store 

Most Bandai Namco Cross Store gachapon machines have four to six types of toy in each and you often don’t know which one you are going to get.

You can get everything from cute cartoon characters like Doraemon and Hello Kitty through to more random toys like sumo wrestlers or miniature drum machines or sumo wrestlers.

Whilst not on the scale of London’s first official gashapon store (Bandai Namco Cross Store) in Camden, it is one of the more fun things to do in Victoria Station itself.

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17. Lane7, Victoria

A short bowl..sorry stroll away from Victoria Station, London’s latest bowling alley and awesome activity bar is Lane7, a neon nirvana of arcades, mini golf, ten pin, darts and general games galore.

Step up to the oche or bowl into the UV filled horizon  – bowling and golf games both start at £26pp at Lane 7 Victoria which includes one game plus two slush cocktails or house drinks.

18. CA Japanese Pancakes

We ‘flipping’ love Japanese pancakes (or should that be we love flipping pancakes?).

Souffle pancakes are the best soft and wobbly with oodles of lovely toppings (both savory and sweet) – so CA Pancakes in Victoria is a great go-to place for all day brunch.

The CA Pancake we are most intrigued by is the Truffle 24k Gold – savoury Japanese pancakes topped with edible gold (very Saltbae eh!?), fried yolk, truffle and mushroom sauce – a ‘gold standard’ pancake for just £14!

CA Japanese Pancakes will be also be opening a second branch later this year in in Chiswick, West London.

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19. Little Ben near Victoria Station

Yes, you read that right – Victoria has a Little Ben clock, not to be confused with Big Ben (the clock that sits atop the Houses of Parliament).

Quirky and quaint, this miniaturised version of London’s most famous clock was originally erected in the 1890s (although disappeared for a while during the 1970s and during recent construction work).

One of the little oddities of London you may not notice, despite walking past it dozens of times.

Little Ben Victoria Station

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20. English fry-up at Wetherspoon pubs near Victoria Station

If you’ve heard of the Wetherspoon pub chain, did you know there are two at Victoria Station, literally just across the road from each?

The Willow Walk (a Wetherspoons just outside Victoria Station) plus another Wetherspoons on the Victoria Station concourse (the latter is great for trainspotting).

Wetherspoons full English breakfast fry-up
Wetherspoons full English breakfast fry-up

Whilst the Victoria Stations Wetherspoons may not be the finest pubs in Victoria (sticky carpet alert!), they are both quite a good place to grab a traditional English breakfast before grabbing a train to say Brighton beach or a cheap pint before returning home.

Although central London can be expensive, if you are visiting Victoria / Westminster on a budget, the Victoria Station Wetherspoon pubs do very cheap food. Try a Wetherspoons full English breakfast fry-up for less than £5 (as of 2024).

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