Hide Tower

We live in one of the pre-eminent postcodes in London; SW1, it extends from the established grandeur of the Belgravia Estate to the rejuvenated environs of Westminster and Pimlico.

Hide TowerHide Tower where we live is a landmark building of 160 flats over 20 floors built by Westminster City Council, and completed 1962.

Overlooking Vincent Square, to the west and the Houses of Parliament to the north-east the building of Hide Tower began in 1959 and was completed in 1962 it has 23 floors and 162 flats, built by the local council and was designed by architects Stillman and Eastwick-Field.

It was constructed on the site of a nursery, and where the garden is now there used to be a row of small terraced houses, one or two of our elderly residents were born and raised in these houses.

Most of the apartments/flats have stunning views of the London skyline including many of London’s illustrious sites you know there are not many people can say that you can cook and see Big Ben at the same time.

The complex has an arrangement of trees on the site including a private flower garden and a community hall for resident meetings. Approximately a quarter of the accommodation is privately rented; the other half is rented from Westminster City Council and the remainder is owner occupied. The name derives from “hide”, an old English land measure (used in the Domesday Survey of 1086).

The nearest London Underground stations are Westminster, Pimlico, and Victoria. London Victoria is also a National Rail main line terminus and nearby is the national coach station

A London Sunrise viewed from our kitchen window

9 thoughts on “Hide Tower

  1. Ayman March 4, 2017 at 21:36 Reply

    My aunt samia Khdr lived over there for over 20 years I visited her once my her soul rest in peace


    • John and Maureen Glen March 30, 2017 at 10:47 Reply

      Ayman Hi, Is it possible that you could call the office manager Pauline Addison as a matter of urgency about your aunts apartment in Hide Tower.
      You need to call Pauline on 0207 630 1129, again this is important as the next of kin which I assume that will be you. Best regards


      • Ayman El Khashab March 31, 2017 at 12:28 Reply

        Hi John

        Thanks for emailing me ,
        I have been trying to call Pauline but I got no answer would you please can you tell me when the best time I can call her or another phone number


  2. David Baker March 22, 2014 at 14:15 Reply

    I wonder if you have read what the late great architectural critic Ian Nairn wrote about your block.
    ‘Hide Tower is a sober, unspectacular tower block of twenty-three storeys in the scrappy hinterland of the Tate Gallery. It has no faults and at first sight it seems to have no virtues. But then, at a closer look, the undemonstrative detail is seen to be due to deliberate austerity, not lack of feeling; and the rough-shuttered concrete work is carried out with a devoted quietness. It shows in the objects outside, like kerbs, the dished disks which surround the new trees, the monolithic seat which curves round into the sun. And the entrance hall, usually the worst part of a block of flats, is more like a church than most churches through sheer integrity of purpose. With so much meretricious and fancy concrete work about, this is worth a special visit’.
    Wonderful writing, but do you agree? I must visit Hide Tower after a write-up like that.
    David Baker


  3. Richard Shield June 21, 2013 at 20:55 Reply

    my mother Ivy Mitchell, lived here for a number of years and it’s true, the views of London are superb. Before that she lived in Tothill House. She and her sisters survived the Thames floods in the 20’s and the blitz of the 2nd World War. The area has changed, but good to see The Regency Café remains – once owned by my father who operated a shoe repair shop there until the late 40’s.


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