Free Broadband At Pimlico Flats

Tenants will know that for 10 years we have provided Internet Access which we don’t make a charge for. Believe it or not in the early days experts advised us not to do this as we would become liable for all sorts of activities by our tenants using what was our internet account, nevertheless we have provided this free service for some 10 years now. Initially the service was only to the flats which had been modernised, and had cabling for the internet installed, but 3 years ago we added a number of wireless routers extending the facility to all flats.

Tenants intending to run a business from home, or needing reliable internet access have always been advised to provide their own service. The service I provide is shared amongst everyone, and so is not secure, fast, or reliable. We do not employ any technical support and internet access does not form part of the tenancy contract.

At the beginning of this year things suddenly went bad – the internet stopped working, and it still isn’t back to full health. I thought that I should crawl out from under my stone and make an apology, and an explanation – which whilst not excusing the extraordinary delay in returning the service, may explain what I now know. I am really sorry for what is happening, and we are working hard to fix things and get them running again.

Our Internet disappeared at the beginning of January, and it took some time to establish why. It was provided by Sky has part of a TV package that I was paying for – for some reason the TV channels haven’t been provided for some time, and I only continued with the TV package because I got free Internet Access with it. When the Internet disappeared Sky claimed that I had cancelled it in 2010 – the questions as to why I would cancel a free service, and why they continued to supply a cancelled service for another 2 years aren’t clear.

I decided to make a break from Sky and also to improve the speed of the internet service that we provide, and so have cancelled the Sky service and signed up to Utilities Warehouse to give us a Super Fast Fibre Optic Broadband Service to improve everyone’s connection. Currently this isn’t going well – Utilities Warehouse have visited, installed, and left without anything working. We have had a look at what they have left, and got an ordinary ADSL service running ourselves, but a few flats that used to have wired services seem to have lost their connection, and we are yet to get the wireless routers working again.

I am really sorry about this, and will be visiting next week to review the situation. Meanwhile we believe that most wired connections should work, and a wireless connection should be available on:




Worlds Largest Photograph Features Pimlico Flats

Worlds Largest Photograph Features Pimlico Flats – a bit! We are hidden behind the skyscrapers of Victoria in the panoramic view of London.

BT Tower Panorama

London Panorama

Taken after the end of the London 2012 Games, the 320 gigapixel image – taken by expert photography firm 360Cities – comprises 48,640 individual frames which have been collated into a single panorama by a supercomputer. If printed at normal photographic resolution, it would be almost as tall and as wide as Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is visible bottom right in front of Pimlico Flats on this zoomed in shot, Battersea Power Station behind us. Watch the video to discover the sory of the making of this massive photograph.

Pimlico In The Snow


The eagle eyed will notice that this gentleman featured in the media was travelling past Pimlico Flats along Sussex St. and then down Cambridge St.


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Pimlico Flats Reception

A recent visitor sketched their view of what life was like in our reception on Monday Mornings. Sorry to the rest of the world for the “in” joke, but you are welcome to visit us & come and see for yourself.

Staff Meeting in Reception

Staff Meeting in Reception

How Pimlico Residents use the Internet

Pimlico IT
Westminster Council did a survey of our technological habits as part of a plan to justify an expansion of its digital services. There are some interesting insights into the average Pimlico Resident’s life in the survey, but my own concern is that WCC seem to have little concern for customer service, success for WCC involves passing it’s problems on to it’s residents. A future blog will analyse WCC’s own use of IT, meanwhile here are the results of their analysis of OUR use ………….

  • Pimlico residents exceed national averages in all areas of digital and wireless communication:
  • Nationally  30 per cent own smartphones but 64 per cent of Pimlico residents own one.
  • 6% of the UK own a tablet against 19 per cent of residents in Pimlico.
  •  86 per cent of residents are connected to the internet at home, rising to 94 per cent in the 16-44 year age bracket.
  • Online interactions between residents and the local authority cost the Council only 17p per interaction, whereas a face-to-face interaction between the Council and a resident can cost £14.
  • Online interactions cost the taxpayer only 1% of the cost of a face-to-face transaction.
  • WCC have  a deal with O2 to provide free WiFi in time for the Olympics, and of course Pimlico Flats provides wired and wireless internet access to tenants free of charge.

Clearly Pimlico Residents make a much greater use of the Internet, Mobile Computing, and Social Media, than the Nation as a whole.

A statement by the Council says “The Council can harness this by expanding the online options for contacting the Council, improving its website, and stepping up its digital publications to save real money for the taxpayer. WCC  has already shown its commitment to becoming the UK’s most digitalized city, and we will continue to expand our online options to provide excellent value for money to our residents.”

Fine words, but what is good for the council isn’t necessarily good for the residents …….

Blogging on Pimlico, London, Renting, Property, and Flats – Pimlico

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I try to keep this blog tightly on the subjects of Pimlico, Renting, and Flats. It’s not too difficult because I can use the Forum to ramble about other subjects, and this keeps the blog focussed.

I thought that I would stray a little to talk about this blog, and blogging, as a way of thanking my many sources of information, and I have broken the story into three parts.







Blogging about Pimlico is probably the easiest of my 3 core subjects, particularly since I define “Pimlico” as being anywhere within walking distance of Pimlico Flats – so that covers Central London, and makes:

  • Victoria & Belgravia “North Pimlico”,
  • Kensington and Chelsea “West Pimlico”,
  • Battersea, Vauxhall, Stockwell, Clapham “South Pimlico”
  • Westminster, Soho “East Pimlico”

I try to focus on free and little published events and attractions, as the bigger professional things are generally commercially advertised and known about. My biggest source of information is the weekly publication The Pimlico News and Journal which is something that I publish myself and is automatically curated from various feeds. It has been sufficiently successful that I now carry it as a page on this website which can be accessed from the menu on the left.

It’s a great Newspaper but I must give thanks to some of the contributors. There are of course the usual traditional sources of information, BBC, Newspapers, but the purpose of niche blogging is to uncover the real story, and here are the local blogs and websites which I follow in order to reach the news other blogs can’t reach:

London Blogs

  • Foremost has to be the Westminster Chronicle  just because we need professional journalists and local newspapers in our lives, and if you don’t use them and pay for them we will lose them, and be all the poorer. I don’t know how the power of the internet will pan out, but printed news is under pressure from free blogs like this, and the free “Pimlico News and Journal” that I just promoted. In spite of my competition with the Chronicle all I can say is that we need our local shops, and newspapers, so please buy a copy from your local newsagent.
  • Londonist  a website about London and everything that happens in it – it’s a professional publication set up in 2004 as The Big Smoker. I like it because, although it is a comprehensive London-wide reference resource, it carries this off with humour and is in touch with it’s community roots (e.g. the Hand Drawn Maps initiative). They provide everything you need to know about the capital, as well as celebrating the quirks, eccentricities, hidden and surprising bits that make up the alternative side of the city.
  • Discovering London – which I juxtapose alongside Londonist because Peter’s blog is small, if not tiny, yet it is brimming over with personality, quality, and originality. Peter has yet to reach his 1st anniversary of blogging, but already his website is one of my favourites.
  • Tired of London, Tired of Life began in October 2008 as a place to document those moments of inspiration for making living in London exciting & different. Doing the same thing day after day can get anyone down, but our city has an almost infinite number of things to see and do. If you’re not getting the most out of London, it is a sad truth that you have no one to blame but yourself. This site was part of a personal plan for the author to get the most out of the greatest city on earth, and it has worked.
  • Going Underground Look at what the mainstream press has to say! The magic, mystery & sometimes maddening shortcomings of London’s Tube are documented with love, enthusiasm & sometimes despair by its unofficial social historian ……. The best blogs have a tinge of obsession about them … On some mornings it can feel like the only reason to be grateful that the Tube exists … one of London’s obsessives
  • Young and Poor  Cheap/free events, gigs, food & drink, or sales —  never paid to mention things so it’s only things worth recommending.
  • Ian Visits does NOT list the mainstream music/theatre/film events which are already so well supplied by the major newspapers and magazines – but DOES list the heritage open days, walking tours and mostly, the astonishing array of free (or cheap) lectures that the societies and universities of London provide. It’s a personal resource of remarkable usefulness.
  • Boris Watch An act of frustration, at the loss to apparent personality politics, and the accusation that somehow young people are to blame …… but also a great tap into the stories that THEY don’t want you to read about.
  • Laura Porter London-based travel writer & VisitBritain Super Blogger, mum, copywriter, tea drinker, afternoon tea addict & all-round London obsessive. She is a professional travel writer for About but I have recommended her twitter feed as she is a model in how to use Social Media. She does so much more than just promote her own writing, and is very generous with the links and information that she publishes. Consequently I would say – if you want to keep your finger on the pulse of mainstream London – follow Laura.


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Now publishing any list of recommendations is always fraught – you forget someone important, offend others, and no doubt there are excellent resources that I am yet to stumble across. I have tried to give an honest account of how I produce the Pimlico Blog, but by no means would I say that it is perfect. I would be delighted if readers add their own suggestions in the comments of websites and blogs that we should all be reading and following.

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