Created in 1965 with the establishment of Greater London, The London City of Westminster is steeped in history and tradition.
It’s home to many of the things non-British folk may connate to when they think London. Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street are but a few of the biggest London landmarks you’ll find in the area.
The London City of Westminster is located in the centre of Greater London, slightly to the west and rubs shoulders with the ancient City of London and the Royal Borough of Kensington, with the River Thames to the south.
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History of the City of Westminster
The Borough is 8.21 square miles in size and has a population of, roughly, 219,600 people. The history can be traced back to the mid-11th century, when King Edward the Confessor began building an Abbey at Westminster. There was also a Palace built, where the seat of Government would remain fixed to this day, thus drawing power and wealth to the area ever since.
In the 16th century people began building houses on the fields around the area and the region known today as Greater London began to grow. It was properly created as a Borough of London in 1965, where the boundaries remain more-or-less the same.
Cost of Living
If you want to join the Windsor family and the Prime Minister in the London City of Westminster, it may cost you a pretty penny. The desirable Westminster post codes will set you back about £1,800 per month for a small 2 bedroom property. There is some good news though, council tax here is the second lowest in the country, behind Wandsworth, ranging from £448 to £1,345 per year. Property in Westminster is largely made up of converted period houses turned into flats.
In 2015, the average rental price of a home in the City of Westminster was £5,400 per month.
Getting about in The City of Westminster couldn't be easier, what with the high volume of residents coupled with the masses of tourists that flock here. 10 of the 11 London Underground lines all stop here, and the area is served by 27 tube stations. Charing Cross, Marylebone, Paddington and Victoria all fall in the Borough.
There many other travelling options here; metro, tram, bus, car and of course, bikes!
Landmarks and Attractions
Do some sightseeing
The list of landmarks and attractions is vast, with many of London’s top tourist attractions located in Westminster. You could visit:
• Buckingham Palace
• Palace of Westminster
• Houses of Parliament
• Trafalgar Square
• Piccadilly Circus
• Madame Tussauds
• Westminster Abbey
• Downing Street
• Big Ben
Somerset House is not in Somerset, as I’d foolishly assumed for a number of years! It’s in Westminster (silly Cornish boy!). Somerset House is an arts and culture centre in the heart of London that showcases art, music, film, literature and performances in its grand grounds.
Address: Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Telephone: 020 7845 4600
A number of years ago now, I visited the Royal Albert Hall for a Teenage Cancer Trust gig where I enjoyed the smooth sounds of Mystery Jets, Biffy Clyro and Bloc Party. It was a great night in an arena more commonly linked to a softer sound. It’s massive, plush and it’ll blow you away! Everybody should go there once.
If you're lucky enough to be there at the time of Last Night of the Proms you can get outside early and queue. You'll be there all day but you'll get in for the bargain price of £5! You won't have to stand outside all day either as you're given a number for your place in line so you can go explore some of the close by free London museums.
Address: Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Telephone: 020 7589 8212
This is a very famous street in London’s West End famous for its mod and hippie history. It now has many ‘name’ stores but still has an essence of the swinging 60s, with independent boutiques and vintage stores.
It’s a cliché tourist attraction but I don’t care as it’s got to be done, cross that zebra crossing that graced the front of a Beatles album and get your picture taken!
Address: 3 Abbey Road, London NW8 9AY
Telephone: 020 7266 7000
This is definitely the most touristy suggestion I’ve made in this blog, however, you can tie it in with a walk through Regent’s Park, so what’s not to like? The best thing about London Zoo is the experience they offer of being a Zoo Keeper for the day, yes, it does have a picture of a child doing the experience on the website but we’d all love to be a zoo keeper for the day, right?
Address: Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY
Telephone: 020 7449 6200
Places to Eat and drink
Patty & Bun has an industrial, DIY, raw look with its interior decorations and the burgers are ‘bangin’. If you, like many of us are looking to tick off as many awesome burgers in the city as possible, this needs to be your next stop. The discerning owner puts his all into every burger that’s created. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think.
Address: 54 JAMES ST, London W1U 1HE
Telephone: 020 7487 3188
Claw your way to Millibank Tower (totally stole that pun of their website!) and sink your pincers (that’s mine) into a menu full of shellfishy goodness.
Address: SkyLoft, 28th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank SW1P 4QP
Telephone: 020 7592 7618
Cinnamon Club is where traditional UK-Indian cooking meets fine dining Indian fusion, and this popular restaurant executes this excellently. Prices are roughly £40 per person.
Address: The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU
Telephone: 020 7222 2555
In this country we love tea. That is a fact that nobody can deny. Tea, and the hug in a mug that it gives you, cannot be rivaled by any drink. Here, you can find out about the history of this British staple! At Twinings on the Strand you’ll find a museum looking at everything tea-related along with a loose leaf tea bar with as many weird and wonderful teas that you can think of. Oh, and English Breakfast tea of course.
Address: 216 Strand, London WC2R 1AP
Telephone: 020 7353 3511