Located practically right next door to Victoria train station (and, thus, just moments away too from the Victoria Tube and Coach stations), Cardinal Place is a cavernous shopping mall fit for the 21st Century. Featuring a space-age-like, curvaceous glass structure for a roof, it’s undoubtedly a landmark of the district – and rightly so. And, make no mistake, it’s precisely where to head to for stores selling the very latest and best big brand clothes, shoes and accessories; all within a hop, skip and a jump of each other.
Here the, all under one glass roof, you can flit from shop to shop with ease and avoid exposure to the notoriously unpredictable British weather as you do so (just what you can’t do on a visit to Oxford Street, Knightsbridge or the King’s Road!), ensuring it’s perfect for a day out while you’re in the capital enjoying London hotels special offers.
Technically speaking, Cardinal Place actually comprises a trio of buildings all under that glass structure; together accounting for a retail centre of some one million-plus square feet. And, interestingly, the £200 million development was originally built right over the top of the District and Circle London Underground (Tube) line tunnels – on the approach into Victoria station – which means these tunnels fill the buildings’ basements! As such each of the buildings have been built to rest on rubber-manufactured shock absorbers, so the vibrations from the trains passing by in the tunnels below aren’t felt and so don’t concern shoppers, putting them off their retail therapy.
It’s just another way that Cardinal Place, so nearby for guests at the Shaftesbury Hyde Park hotel – and home not just to chain stores but restaurants too, like Zizzi, Wagamama, Nando’s and Ha!Ha! – is a real marvel.
Monday-Saturday – 8AM-11PM!
Sunday – 9AM-11PM!
(Note: opening times of shops are different; expect all to close earlier than the main site)
Stores at Cardinal Place include
- Carphone Warehouse
- Cycle Surgery
- Hugo Boss
- Jo Malone
- Jones Bootmaker
- Lloyds TSB
- M Wine Store
- Marks & Spencer
- Molton Brown
- 1 Rebel
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Runners Need
- Space NK
- The North Face
- Thomas Exchange Global
- Vagabond Retail
- (Little) Waitrose
The Cardinal Place development’s cinema, the Curzon Victoria (58 Victoria Street SW1E 6QW) offers not only the latest releases, but also hosts cultural events and Q&As. It is equipped with five state-of-the-art screens, Sony 4K projection and 3D, making watching a blockbuster or an arthouse movie a real pleasure. Doors open 30 minutes before the first screening of the day – an ideal opportunity to unwind after work over a drink in its comfortable lounge bar.
Victoria Tube station (serving the District and Circle, and Victoria lines) is right next door to Cardinal Place, ensuring it’s a short journey to this venue from throughout Central London and you can reach Victoria from the following Tube stations in next to no time – St James’s Park (1 minute); Green Park (1 minute); Westminster (3 minutes); (3 mOxford Circusinutes); Hyde Park Corner (8 minutes); Waterloo (8 minutes); Charing Cross (11 minutes); Paddington (13 minutes)
Moreover, there are numerous bus services which stop in Victoria. Generally speaking, you can get to Victoria/ Cardinal Place in less than half-an-hour by bus from anywhere in Central London – Hyde Park Corner (8 minutes); St James’s Park (10 minutes); Green Park (14 minutes); Westminster (17 minutes); Charing Cross (21 minutes); Waterloo (24 minutes).
Buckingham Palace (0.4 miles; eight minutes away)
The grand old mansion that, come the early 19th Century, became the official London residence of the British monarch, is today recognised as one of the iconic and important palaces in the world. Situated just a stone’s throw from the Royal Parks that are Green Park, St James’s Park and Hyde Park (and so near to many of the markets near Hyde Park), it’s still occupied by HM The Queen when she’s in the capital and, in the summer months, its State Rooms – in addition to an extraordinary collection of fine arts and furniture masterpieces – are open to the public to view, explore and discover.
Palace of Westminster/ Westminster Abbey (0.6 miles, six minutes away)
The seat of power in the UK, Westminster is the small district of Central London that’s home to the nation’s primary political institutions; some of the most revered in the world. Here then, you’ll find, of course, the neo-Gothic Victorian architectural tour de force that’s the Palace of Westminster – comprising the Houses of Parliament (the upper and lower houses of the UK Parliament; the House of Commons and the House of Lords) and the legendary Queen Elizabeth clock tower with the legendary ‘Big Ben’ bell housed within – as well as Westminster Abbey. The latter predates pretty much everything else in the city, dating all the way back to the Middle Ages, and is the site of practically every English/ British monarch’s coronation and that of many a Royal funeral too, as well as the resting place of them and countless iconic figures of the nation’s – and the world’s – past.
Trafalgar Square/ National Gallery/ National Portrait Gallery (1.2 miles; 11 minutes away)
No visit to the Victoria/ Westminster area’s complete without a stroll into Trafalgar Square. Famed for Nelson’s Column, the cloud-piercing memorial to the hero of the Napoleonic Wars, and the four giant bronze lion statues that surround its base, this grand piazza’s a regular host for many open-to-the-public events throughout the year, as well as for the venues that line its sides. These include the world-renowned National Gallery, an attraction which houses thousands of magnificent works of art (many by some of the greatest and most famous painters ever to have walked the earth) and, to its side, the National Portrait Gallery, which tells the story of English/ British history through its incredible collection of portraits, statues and busts of the great, the good and the notorious of the nation’s past – and present.
London Eye/ Tate Modern (1.1 miles; 16 minutes away)
The South Bank, more often than not, is where it’s at when it comes to high-quality family-friendly attractions and an irresistible tourist-trap vibe. And nowhere along this long stretch of riverside hurly-burly is more popular than the gigantic Ferris wheel that’s the London Eye.
Offering spectacular views of the unrivalled London skyline – especially at night – the queues are long for this most esteemed of London attractions, but a slow revolution inside one of its pods is highly recommended for seeing all there’s to see of the city from above.
And, further along the South Bank strip (to the east) you must check out one of the capital’s most perennially visited venues, the Tate Modern; perhaps the world’s premier modern art gallery.
Featuring a selection of works by the biggest names in the 20th Century art scene as well as exhibits of much-talked-about cutting-edge artworks from today, it’s an attraction not to be missed, and no mistake.