We are showcasing the best of London Victoria in our helpful local's guide to the best bars, restaurants, and attractions in the area.
London Victoria has so much to offer, from its fantastic transport links, to its proximity to some of the most significant buildings and attractions in London, to its vibrant theatre scene. The hit musicals Hamilton and Wicked are London Victoria residents, along with our beloved The Rubens at the Palace hotel. We are sure you will love exploring our neighbourhood just as much as we do, so we are highlighting some of the must-see features of this charming central London locale.
The New York Bar is the perfect place to visit in Victoria if you’re hoping to enjoy a creative cocktail alongside atmospheric live music. This opulent red-hued bar is the place to be in the evenings in Victoria, and also offers a satisfying pre-theatre dinner menu. Swing by before or after dinner and enjoy a buzzing ambiance and a friendly welcome.
Cardinal Place is the spot to visit for London Victoria’s best shopping opportunities: home to Molton Brown, Zara, Mango, Waterstones, and many other well-known stores. Just moments from Victoria Station, this varied shopping area offers a plethora of options. Browse the latest fashions, decorate your house with beautiful homewares, or pick up a gift for a loved one.
London Victoria is home to two hugely popular West End musicals: Wicked and Hamilton. Lin Manuel Miranda's Hamilton opened to rave reviews just a few years ago at the Victoria Palace Theatre whereas Wicked has just celebrated its 15th anniversary - making it the ninth longest running musical in the West End. Both shows bring a very special atmosphere to London Victoria and come highly recommended.
The Curry Room at The Rubens at the Palace serves an inspired three-course menu created by Chef Arun Kumar, alongside an exceptional Thali and a tempting pre-theatre menu. The Curry Room team delivers an Indian restaurant experience that celebrates authentic flavours made with the finest ingredients and spices imported exclusively from India. The talented Chef Kumar also offers a gourmet banquet experience and one-hour Indian cooking class.
London Victoria is well known for its close proximity to Buckingham Palace and for being the home of the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. The Royal Mews is the hub for all Royal Family transportation and consists of a collection of equestrian stables, carriages, and State Cars, all used by the Royal Family during public engagements and ceremonial occasions. The Royal Mews are currently closed to the public, but will reopen between 19th May and 2nd October 2022.
The Palace Lounge at The Rubens at the Palace overlooks the Royal Mews, providing a wonderful spot in London Victoria for Afternoon Tea. The pastry kitchen at The Rubens is led by chef Sarah Houghting, who recently competed in Bake Off: The Professionals on Channel 4. With a reputation as one of the best Afternoon Teas in London, The Rubens pays respect to classic British tradition whilst incorporating fresh twists along the way.
With the exception of the usually private Buckingham Palace Gardens, St James's Park is the closest green space to London Victoria. This Royal Park offers a charming setting for a stroll as well as fabulous views of Buckingham Palace.
bbar is a vibrant cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Victoria. The menu reflects the flavours of South Africa with a playful twist, from Boerewors Eggs Benedict with chilli chutney biltong to The Gatsby Sub, a Western Cape pulled BBQ short rib of beef. bbar hosts live DJ sets throughout the week and offers contemporary signature cocktails created by resident mixologists.
Victoria’s Nova is packed full of restaurants and bars. Highlights include Flight Club - a quirky and competitive 'social darts' bar - and Vagabond - offering a selection of over 100 wines by the glass dispensed theatrically by wine vending machines at the press of a button.
The Rubens is proud to play its part in the world’s commitment to sustainability, with a specially curated Green experience.Find out more about our sustainable offer