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Westminster has long been associated with the British Royal Family, as the central hub of British politics and the only true borough that holds city status. Seeped in architectural and British social history Westminster is a truly fascinating area of Central and West London. Situated on the North Bank of the River Thames, the area is comprised of the largest amount of historical buildings within the capital. It also attracts the largest volumes of visitors to the area.

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What to do in Westminster

London's most famous landmarks are situated in this history rich area of Central and West London. The Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Cathedral are all located in the square mile.

Westminster is home, or at least partly home, to five of the nine Royal Parks: Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, St James's Park, and Regent's Park. Each is unique and boasts a wealth of activities and entertainment including sports facilities, lakes and boating.

The London Transport Museum offers you an interesting history into London's historic if not complex grid of transport systems. The area is rich with sculpture in particular Henry Moore's Arch, having taken 16 years to restore, it has to be first on your list of places to visit. You're spoilt for choice when it comes to taking in the London skyline. With incredible views from the Golden Jubilee Bridges across the breadth of the River Thames and beyond, we recommend seeing it in its full splendour in the evenings.

Great dining can be found at the Oxford Market which provides outdoor seating areas perfect for summer days. The Stockpot on Old Compton Street is a London favourite and offers great value for money. If you are seeking a more traditional style evening then the Warrington pub in Maida Vale is just minutes away.

For incredible cocktails Galvin at Windows Bar is the place to be, situated on the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton it really will not disappoint.


There is an extensive list of schools in the Central and West London, notably at Primary level the All Souls C of E Primary School and the Barrow Hill Junior School come with great Ofsted reports.

For secondary education the area is home to private fee paying Westminster College, The Paddington Academy and the Pimlico Academy rate highly with Ofsted.


Westminster has three Underground stations: Westminster, St James’s Park and Victoria, which are all on the District and Circle lines. Westminster is also on the Jubilee line with trains to Canary Wharf, and Victoria is also on the Victoria line with trains to Oxford Circus.

All stations are in Zone 1 and an annual travelcard costs £1,296. There is a Thames Clippers service from Westminster Pier close to Westminster Bridge with services to London Bridge and Canary Wharf.

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