The City of Westminster, home of the UK government, is a district in London that encompasses a number of distinct areas, including Mayfair, Maida Vale, Marylebone, Covent Garden, Bayswater, Paddington, Hyde Park, West End and Regent’s Park. Visitors flock to the area in their droves to experience some of London’s most famous landmarks, top theatres and world class shopping.
When tourists think of London, Westminster is invariably the key area they have in mind. The area is home to London’s most iconic landmarks including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and indeed, Westminster Abbey itself. A region steeped in history, sightseers can enjoy the many historic monuments and buildings scattered around the area, with Whitehall, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column to name a few.
When all the sights have been seen, it’s time to venture indoors and explore the national and international history and arts in one of the area’s many famed museums and galleries. The National Gallery and Tate Britain showcase some of the best art in the world, past and present.
The lights of the West End entice millions of visitors every year, with some of the world’s most acclaimed theatrical, musical and dance performances taking place in one of the many outstanding theatres the district has to offer.
With so many world renowned shopping streets and centres, Westminster is a mecca for serious retail therapists! From the flagship department stores of Oxford Street, to the famed Portobello Market in Mayfair, no shopper will ever leave Westminster empty handed.
The area is also a huge hit with foodies, whether looking for traditional British dishes or exotic, international fine dining, the area is rife with restaurants that can cater for every taste, mood and budget. A community of celebrity chef restaurants attract great numbers and receive even greater reviews, such as Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche in Mayfair.
Finally, with the River Thames running through the south of the region, Westminster is also bursting with beautiful scenery, offering a variety of ways to take a break and soak in the London atmosphere. The Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and St James’s Park, - each with their own unique look and feel, offer an oasis of calm in the heart of the city.