Many people think that Westminster is just the Parliament buildings- and whilst that is an iconic and fascinating icon of the city, the City of Westminster actually covers a massive area.
Not only is Westminster the seat of power for the British Government, it’s also an area containing some of the most historic and stunning buildings in the city. There are gorgeous parks, amazing places to get food and plenty of history.
It’s probably one of the best known Boroughs in London thanks to the Palace of Westminster, and the iconic Westminster Abbey- but there is so much more to see here.
If you’re thinking of a trip to London to explore this gorgeous area then book a room at the Signature Townhouse London Hyde Park. It’s one of the best hotels near Bayswater Station London, so you’ll be in the perfect location to explore the City of Westminster and it’s also home to some of the best family rooms in London, so why not bring the kids!
Let’s take a look at some of the incredible things you can see and do in the City of Westminster- starting with the obvious!
The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
We already know about the Palace of Westminster being the home of the oldest democracy in the world- but did you know you can tour the interior of the building, and even sit in on a governmental debate?
At the north end of the Palace sits the Elizabeth Tower, commonly and incorrectly referred to as Big Ben. Big Ben is actually the bell housed within this resplendent clock tower, you’ll hear it chime if you’re in the area!
You may recognise Westminster Abbey as the location of the most recent Royal Wedding between Kate and Wills- who can be bothered with formal names?
This building is perhaps the ultimate example of Gothic and Romanesque architecture from the 11th century, and is one of the most stunning buildings in the city.
Although easily confusing by name, Westminster Cathedral could not really be any more different from the Abbey down the road.
This Neo-Byzantine red brick and white marble building is a total departure from the pointed and turreted palatial structures down the road. It’s a gorgeous building in its own right, and well worth a visit.
Yes, Buckingham Palace is in the City of Westminster.
It’s one of the city’s, and maybe the world’s, most iconic buildings and is the official residence of King Charles III.
Make sure you catch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the gates of the Palace!
Number 10. Downing Street
You may find plenty of protestors blocking the way these days, but behind the wall of rightly upset people is the home and office of the UK’s Prime Minister.
It’s an extraordinarily iconic location and is the nerve centre for the UK’s government decision making process, and has hosted many of our most famous Prime Ministers.
St. James’ Park and a Good Rest
After a long day of exploring the Borough that contains a huge portion of London’s most incredible buildings, you’ll be in need of a good rest.
Head to St. James’ Park for a lounge on the grass and a walk around the stunning pond- then it’s back to the hotel for a gorgeous afternoon tea at Signature Townhouse Hyde Park Hotel.
It’s one of the best in the city, and the perfect way to end a day!