Although you might think of London as being one big city, the fact is that it’s broken up into smaller areas, each one with its own unique atmosphere and things to do. Victoria is one such area of London, located in the center of the capital in the city of Westminster. It’s actually named after the huge train and coach station there, and it’s highly likely that, if you’re traveling into London, you’ll end up in Victoria. 

Since you’re there, what is there to do? Can you really spend your time exploring Victoria and not get bored? The answer is a resounding yes – Victoria is one of the most exciting areas of London you could go to, and it’s well worth looking around and experiencing if you find yourself there. With that in mind, let’s take a look at precisely what you can do in Victoria – it might be that’s the only area of London you need to step foot in. 

What to do in Victoria, London

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Visit Landmarks 

One of the best things to do when you’re in Victoria is to leave your bags in the Victoria Station lockers and go for a walk – yes, there are black cabs and you can call an Uber if you want, plus there are plenty of buses as well as the famous London Underground, but to really get a feel for the place, the best option is to walk. 

When you do, you’ll come across a wide range of different attractions and famous landmarks, some of which might surprise you, especially if you didn’t realize they were so close by. One such landmark is Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the British monarch – that’s a must-see when you’re in Victoria, and it’s just a short walk from the station itself, so it’s a great place to start; try to time it so your visit coincides with the changing of the guard ceremony, as that’s a real treat. Or what about Westminster Abbey? That’s also nice and close, and this UNESCO World Heritage site is well-known for its gorgeous Gothic architecture; it’s a unique building even amongst London’s many ancient places. 

Book Some Tickets 

Depending on what time you arrive and how much time you have to spare, you could catch a show in one of Victoria’s many theatres. Although Victoria isn’t quite the West End (that’s not too far away – grab a Tube to Embankment Station on the District Line and you’ll be in the midst of London’s Theatreland), there are plenty of shows you can see while you’re in the area. 

One you might opt for is Wicked, housed at the Apollo Victoria which is just outside the station itself. Then there’s Hamilton at the Victoria Palace just over the road. Walk ten minutes further, and you’ll come across The Other Palace, which has a wide range of ever-changing shows in its basement studio (including many brand-new and somewhat experimental options) as well as longer-running musicals and plays in its main space. It might be you can book some tickets for your time in London, depending on what’s available, but it’s often better to book them in advance to ensure you get to see the show you want to see. 

Go Shopping 

For anyone looking for some retail therapy, Victoria is definitely a good place to be. The Victoria Place Shopping Centre has a wide range of different shops in it, from high street brands to more boutique offerings, so no matter what you’re looking for or what your budget (or taste) might be, there’s sure to be something that suits you. 

Once you’ve finished shopping, why not get a bite to eat? You’ll find all the usual favorites like McDonald’s in Victoria, but there are also lots of unique cafes and restaurants, and again, they’ll cater (literally) to all budgets and you can try cuisines from all over the world. 

Get Some Fresh Air 

Fresh air and London aren’t always two things that go together, but thanks to the many lovely green spaces in the Victoria area, it’s absolutely something that works – you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some tranquility in parks like St James’ Park, Green Park, or Hyde Park. 

All the parks are within easy walking distance of Victoria Station, so if you’ve been on a train or coach for a while, that’s a good place to stretch your legs and begin your adventure. Whether you want to take a stroll through the greenery or just sit and watch the world go by, any of Victoria’s parks would be perfect.