Evening view of St James Park Victoria

You’ve done Christmas in New York, now try Springtime in Victoria

Shedding its stuffy image, Victoria has a range of things to do for people looking to make the most of the season of rebirth. Why not check out these top five activities – and the area’s latest development, VI Castle Lane, in the process?

‘Springtime in Victoria’ doesn’t exactly have the greatest ring to it. Nor is the holiday season what people tend to associate this once very traditional neighbourhood with. Yet, Victoria has come a long way in a few years, as private and public investment has flowed into the area in the form of improved transportation infrastructure and modern, mixed-use schemes like the 800,000 sq. ft. Nova Development. The result is a new crowd in Victoria – young, professional and aspirational – looking for interesting things to do.

This Spring, Victoria is certainly bringing home the goods; here’s our pick of the best:

Cocktails at The Rubens Palace Hotel

Guests to this lavish hotel opposite Buckingham Palace can enjoy, a lavish selection of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits, set in interiors that are as luxurious as they are intimate.

Exhibitions at the Royal Mews

After carefully finishing your top-notch cocktail, why not head across the road to the Royal Mews to sample the host of exhibitions and workshops on offer? Children and adults alike will love what the Royal Household has laid on, with activities ranging from arts and crafts activities to an exclusive private tour around the Mews.

Greenwood’s bottomless brunch

For those seeking to cut the faff and get on with the business of enjoying the weekend, the Greenwood bar and restaurant offers a bottomless boozy brunch every Saturday and Sunday. With infinite prosecco, mimosas, bloody Marys, Heineken and wine on offer, only hardened brunch veterans need apply. To soak up some of the liquid, why not sample some of the eatery’s exquisite dishes (also available in unlimited supply), such as soft shell crab and eggs benedict and avocado on pumpkin seed toast.


Wicked celebrates its 12th anniversary at the Apollo

The smash-hit musical about the untold story of the Witches of Oz, Wicked, is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year. This funny, heart-warming and visually exceptional theatre production is a treat for the whole family. It plays at the Apollo Theatre in Victoria, where extra dates have been added during the long weekend, so thesps and first-time theatre-goers alike can slot it in between their royal Easter egg hunts and bottomless brunching.

“Play up” at Tate

Round the corner from Victoria, Tate Britain is running a new workshop throughout the Easter holidays called ‘Playing Up’ – a live art game for kids to boost their creativity and confidence. All anyone needs to bring is their imagination!

castle-lane-living-diningSafe to say, Victoria’s new generation will be spoilt for choice this spring. But what about places to live there? After all, with so much going on there, some people might never want to leave.

VI Castle Lane is the answer. Nestled just off the main thoroughfare of Victoria Street and round the corner from the Palace, this 31-unit luxury development beautifully embodies the best of Victoria’s past and present. Architecturally exceptional, curved glass adorns the building, giving residents in all properties the fullest possible views of the beautiful Birdcage Walk Conservation Area, of which VI Castle Lane is a part.

Residents will also get the benefit of VI Castle Lane’s attentive concierge service, operational seven-days a week an on-hand to take care of everything from laundry to theatre ticket collection!

So for locals and investors looking for a bit more than a fun day out in one of the capital’s most exciting neighbourhoods, why not use a spare day to book at viewing at VI Castle Lane.

VI Castle Lane has just opened new one, two and three bedroom show apartments; contact Strutt & Parker (020 7318 4677) or Knight Frank (020 3826 0673) to arrange a viewing. Alternatively, view the development and register your interest at http://www.vicastlelane.com

Prices at VI Castle Lane range from £1.2 million to £3.5 million