The South London neighbourhood where there is a huge divide between rich and poor

The South London neighbourhood where there is a huge divide between rich and poor

Sandwiched between Vauxhall and Victoria lies Pimlico, a leafy neighbourhood not too far from Parliament which was once home to Sir Winston Churchill. A home in the neighbourhood costs £1,315,709 on average, says Rightmove, around £600,000 more than the London average of £714,823.

Despite having such a high average property price, the area also has a lot of people living in poverty and a high rate of homelessness. The locals have different views of the issue.

MyLondon visited the area and spoke to residents and those who work there and found a neighbourhood divided by extreme wealth and poverty. Liz Goddard has been Vicar at St James the Less Church, which sits just off Vauxhall Bridge Road for 13 years.

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She described the area as ‘a beautiful place to live, with beautiful architecture’. She said: “It’s full of really, really lovely people, people who are really friendly. People talk to each other and smile at each other in the street. There’s a real diversity of people as well.

“It’s just a close-knit community, so it has a real village feel.” The vicar described the various community events that happen such as those surrounding King Charles III’s coronation. She added that ‘it’s a very mixed area’. She said: “You have people with a lot of wealth and people with very little wealth, people who are homeless and people who are having mental health issues.”

Liz also loves how ‘green’ the area is. ”There’s lots of lovely places to sit and there’s trees and that everywhere,” she said. “Even on this estate, which surrounds the church, it gets a green flag award every year, which is really impressive for a local authority estate”.

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  • June 24, 2023