London audio tour: Fairer than Florence: A Stroll Through Thomas Cubitt’s Pimlico

Fairer than Florence: A Stroll Through Thomas Cubitt’s Pimlico

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

Trace Pimlico’s history, from little more than an agricultural swathe beyond the fringes of Westminster, to the centre of London’s political activity in the 1900s. On this walking tour, you’ll hear all about Thomas Cubitt, the “master builder” who transformed Pimlico into the neighbourhood of beautiful garden squares that you see today. We’ll explore the grid of handsome white stucco terraces that he developed and, along the way, I’ll tell you stories about some of the area’s intriguing residents. Pimlico was once synonymous with the aspirational middle classes, attracting artists, thinkers, scientists, politicians – and even secret agents – to this part of the city.

For all its beauty and order, Pimlico is no stranger to death, chaos and destruction. Its relatively modern history is made all the more interesting because the people and events that took place here are still within living memory.

Tour Producer


Steve Matthews

I've been a guide since 2010 and I’m constantly doing research and exploring new possibilities in order to keep my tours fresh, interesting, and relevant. The tours take you to places that you possibly wouldn't visit if you were on your own, and I believe they give you the echoes of what has gone before us in this great Metropolis.

London's history is my passion, and these tours have grown from what started as a hobby to my desire to share the many wonderful stories, lives and facts with others.

Major Landmarks

  • Churchill's House

  • St Georges Square

  • Thomas Cubitt statue

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts on St George's Drive directly opposite Eccleston Square Gardens.

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Places to stop along the way

As a residential area, there are not many shops and restaurants until near the end of the tour. If you want to eat before commencing the tour I can recommend Il Posto an Italian restaurant located at 316a Vauxhall Bridge Rd, SW1V 1AA very near to Victoria Station. There is a nice Spanish restaurant called Goya which is on the route at 34 Lupus St, Pimlico, SW1V 3EB. There are several coffee shops on Moreton Street.

Best time of day

From dawn to dusk


This is a residential area and there are usually people on the streets, but with like any major city look out for traffic when crossing roads.


A thoroughly engrossing tour in an area I knew very little about. What on the surface looks like a well to do residential area comes alive during Steve’s tour and the stories he tells make you see it in a completely different light. I would thoroughly recommend this and Steve’s other tours.

Posted by Steve , 5 months ago
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Fairer than Florence: A Stroll Through Thomas Cubitt’s Pimlico