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Car boot sales, cocktails and cheese: it’s the best bits of Pimlico

Posted at 12:30 pm, April 11, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Free, Music & Nightlife
Capital Carboot Pimlico

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Not just an MP’s paradise, Pimlico has shops, pubs and food galore

Why go there?

Nestled between the grandeur of Westminster, Belgravia and Chelsea, Pimlico is often overlooked. But it’s overflowing with Regency charm, leafy garden squares and blue plaques – Winston Churchill is among the Londoners to have called the area home.

So what’s the vibe? Is it all MPs?

There are a lot of MPs, but it’s also home to one of London’s best art galleries – the incredible Tate Britain on Millbank. Stuff your eyes with Pre-Raphaelites and Bacons (and Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’, newly back on display). Beyond the culture and the politics, there’s plenty of normal stuff: just look at all the indie coffee shops popping up, like The Roasting on Churton Street.

Is a coffee all I can hope to afford?

Actually, if you walk down Warwick Way you’ll find that practically every other store is a charity shop, so there are plenty of bargains to be had. The charity Fara also runs Retromania on Upper Tachbrook Street, an Aladdin’s cave of vintage clothes and accessories. The Capital Car Boot Sale rolls up at Pimlico Academy on Chichester Street every Sunday. It’s only £1 to get in if you arrive after 11.30am.

No 11 Pimlico Road

I’m all shopped out now, where can I refuel?

Head to No 11 Pimlico Road, which serves great sharing dishes alongside a mean cocktail menu. On Sunday it does an awesome all-day brunch with special ‘brunch cocktails’ – the Elderflower and Earl Grey fizz is a revelation. Then carry on down Pimlico Road to The Orange for great gastropub vibes.

What if I want to eat like a local?

Crack open your piggy bank and head to Daylesford Organic on Pimlico Road for the kind of seasonal, organic produce yummy mummies swear by. Pimlico Farmers’ Market is held in Orange Square every Saturday and boasts fresh seafood, award-winning sausages and a notorious (but not magic) mushroom man. Finally, make a stop at Rippon Cheese on Upper Tachbrook Street for over 500 dairy delicacies.

Rippon cheese

And if I only do one thing?

See how the other half lives by visiting the 1930s Dolphin Square apartments, home to hundreds of MPs and civil servants. It has its own in-house luxury spa done up in authentic Moroccan hammam style that even plebs like you and me can pay to use.

By Katie Antoniou, who thinks that Tracey should have a bit of a tidy-up.

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