Pimlico tube station

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Pimlico London Underground
Pimlico station eastern entrance.JPG
Pimlico is located in Central London
Location of Pimlico in Central London
Local authorityWestminster
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone1
London Underground annual entry and exit
2015Decrease 11.26 million[1]
2016Increase 11.49 million[1]
2017Decrease 10.97 million[1]
2018Decrease 10.03 million[2]
2019Increase 10.81 million[3]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon Transport Executive (GLC)
Key dates
23 July 1971Line opened
14 September 1972Station opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°29′22″N 0°08′00″W / 51.48944°N 0.13333°W / 51.48944; -0.13333Coordinates: 51°29′22″N 0°08′00″W / 51.48944°N 0.13333°W / 51.48944; -0.13333
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Pimlico is a London Underground station in Pimlico, City of Westminster. It is on the Victoria line between Victoria and Vauxhall in Zone 1.

Location and name[edit]

The station is at the junction of Bessborough Street and Rampayne Street. Both it and the area are believed to be named after a 16th-century publican, Ben Pimlico, who was well known for brewing nut-brown ale.[4] Pimlico is the only station on the Victoria line which does not have an interchange with another Underground or National Rail line.[5]


Drummond Gate entrance

The station opened on 14 September 1972[6] – more than a year after the rest of the line had become fully operational.[4] It was a late addition to the final section of the Victoria line between Victoria and Brixton, being approved in June 1968.[7] Pimlico was the last Underground station to open until the first section of the Piccadilly line's Heathrow extension was opened to Hatton Cross in 1975.[4]

In March 2015, the station was chosen to be the test for 'Wayfindr', an app that helps visually impaired people navigate their way through the station using iBeacon devices installed at the station.[8]


The main entrance is on the corner of Bessborough Street and Rampayne Street. It is part of an office block that until 2006 was entirely occupied by the Office for National Statistics apart from the station and a newsagents shop. There are two other entrances, in Lupus Street and on the other side of Bessborough Street. These others have ramps as well as stairs, facilitating wheelchair access. However, there are still a few steps to walk down to enter the ticket hall.


London Buses routes 2, 24, 36, 185, 360 and C10 and night route N2 serve the station.




  1. ^ a b c "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007–2017)". London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Archived from the original (XLSX) on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Archived from the original on 22 May 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Wallinger 2014, p. 132.
  5. ^ Day & Reed 2010, p. 167.
  6. ^ Butt 1995, p. 185.
  7. ^ Day & Reed 2010, p. 166.
  8. ^ "London Underground could be more accessible thanks to new app". RNIB – See differently. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2019.


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Day, John R; Reed, John (2010) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground. Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-341-9.
  • Wallinger, Mark (2014). Labyrinth: A Journey Through London's Underground. Art / Books. ISBN 978-1-908-97016-9.

External links[edit]

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towards Brixton
Victoria line