Victoria

Posted on: April 6, 2018, by :

Victoria

Named indirectly after Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years, this area in central London is best known for being a major transport hub.

It is one of the busiest transport hubs in London. In 2015 alone, the main railway station known as London Victoria handles 81 million passengers and when the numbers are added to those handled by Victoria underground station, the numbers swelled to 170 million. London Victoria station serves destinations in the south-east of UK while the underground station is a major interchange for three underground lines.

Nearby to the mainline railway is Victoria coach station, the largest coach station in London. It is the terminus for coach lines all over UK and Europe, most notably the airport transfers service and the Euroline. 14 million passengers used the coach services out of Victoria in 2014.

Besides being known for transport, Victoria is also a hub of history and entertainment. The Victoria Palace Theatre and the Apollo Victoria are sites of popular, long running musicals. The Apollo Victoria started life as a cinema in 1930 but is now a renowned location for popular musicals such as The Sound of Music, Starlight Express and Wicked. The interior is very unique, in Art Deco style and has been described as a ‘mermaid’s dream of heaven’.

Victoria Palace Theatre was built in 1910 in the site formerly occupied by the Royal Standard music hall. The theatre went on to showcase some of the most popular live performances and musicals like Buddy, after the life of Buddy Holly and Billy Elliot. Elizabeth Taylor made her stage debut in 1982. The theatre closed for renovation in 2014 for renovation and opened in 2017 with the European production of Hamilton,

Other than theatres, Victoria is largely a commercial area with pockets of social housing. It is being extensively developed and modernised to offer more commercial and shopping areas. However, there is still a connection to royalty, other than its namesake.

Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey are all within walking distance. There is also the Goring Hotel, touted as the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace. It is used by visiting royalty during the coronation of George VI and Her Majesty The Queen. Most recently, the Goring was used by Kate Middleton for her wedding party prior to her marriage to Prince William in 2012.