London area of Westminster guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Westminster neighbourhood

The area of Westminster is dominated by the business of government, and the great symbols of British greatness. The Houses of Parliament, with its mighty bell Big Ben that can be heard throughout Central London chiming the hours, is a far more imposing building than Buckingham Palace, reflecting the power of the oldest elected government in the world. In the early twentieth century more than a quarter of the earth’s population was directly ruled from Westminster, and the imposing statuary and huge ministries of Whitehall reflect this legacy. At the top of Whitehall, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column are considered the heart of the nation - and a large proportion of hotels are concentrated here - while British monarchs have been crowned in the imposing Gothic edifice of Westminster Abbey since 1066. The National Gallery is the repository of Britain’s best international art collection while Tate Britain, in the attractive riverside area of Millbank, has the best permanent exhibition of British Art in the world.

See our recommended nearby Westminster Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Westminster Hotels

in or near Westminster
Conrad London St. James
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
22-28 Broadway, SW1H
With Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, St James's Park and the Thames all on its doorstep, Conrad London St. James is the ideal option for ... More
 
 
 
St James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
45-51 Buckingham Gate, SW1E
When it was built in 1897, this gloriously luxurious hotel was the London home for visiting aristocrats from throughout the world. Now, with its location in ... More
 
 
 
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, Suites and Residences London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
51 Buckingham Gate, SW1E
Located just a few moments away from the famous Buckingham Palace, the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate is a luxurious five star hotel right in the centre ... More
 
 
 

Westminster Events

in or near Westminster
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Westminster Abbey Midnight Mass, Christmas Carols & Services
London > Events > Seasonal
Westminster, Dean's Yard, Westminster, London SW1P
Pack inside one of London's most famous landmarks for an old-fashioned service to take you right through to Christmas Day. Westminster Abbey has been at the ... More
 
 
 
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New Year's Day Parade 2017
London > Events > Seasonal
Westminster, Westminster Bridge, Westminster, London SW1P
London's New Year's Day Parade celebrates the magic of the movies and partners with the BFI (British Film Institute) for its 2017 event. Many of this ... More
 
 
 

Westminster Entertainment

in or near Westminster
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Curzon Victoria
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
58 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E
Curzon Victoria is the chain's seventh London venue, providing a boutique cinema option in central London. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a broad ... More
 
 
 
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St John's Smith Square
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P
Situated in the heart of Westminster, this stunning 18th century church was designed by architect Thomas Archer and completed in 1728. It is considered one of ... More
 
 
 
The Guards Chapel
London > Entertainment > Wellington Barracks Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1E
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Westminster Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Westminster
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Central Hall Westminster
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Storey's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H
Central London's largest conference and events venue has welcomed an array of illustrious speakers through the ages - including Gandhi, Churchill and the Prince of Wales. ... More
 
 
 
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Westminster Abbey
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Dean's Yard, Westminster, London SW1P
Most famous nowadays as the venue for royal weddings - including the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011 - Westminster Abbey is also ... More
 
 
 
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Churchill War Rooms
London > Attractions > Museums
Clive Steps, King Charles Street, Westminster, London SW1A
Winston Churchill directed the troops during World War II from a small warren of underground rooms, which are now open to the public. Visitors ... More
 
 
 

Westminster Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Westminster
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William Curley, Harrods
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, Westminster, London SW1X
The William Curley chocolate empire continues to swell with the opening of the patissier and chocolatier's latest concession in Harrods. Curley has worked with ... More
 
 
 
 
 
Run & Become
London > Shopping > Specialists
42 Palmer Street, Westminster, London SW1H
Running shoes and accessories... More
 
 
 

Westminster Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Westminster London?
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Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
16 Broadway, Westminster, London SW1H
Food to go in its simplest form. Freshly baked bread for hand made sandwiches, home made soups and simple salads. Eat first opened on London's Villiers ... More
 
 
 
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
49 Tothill Street, Westminster, London SW1H
Pret sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome interiors. The ... More
 
 
 
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Blue Boar Smokehouse & Bar
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
45 Tothill Street, Westminster, London SW1H
American Cuisine... More
 
 
 

Westminster Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Westminster.
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Two Chairmen Public House
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London SW1H
Two minutes away from Parliament Square and the Cabinet warm rooms, the Two Chairmen Public House is an olde worlde pub that retains a number of ... More
 
 
 
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Red Lion Pub
London > Nightlife > Pubs
48 Parliament Street, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A
Right across the street from the Houses of Parliament, the Red Lion is perfectly positioned for politicos to pop in for a pint after a heated ... More
 
 
 
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The Reform Club
London > Nightlife > Pubs
104 Pall Mall, Westminster, London SW1Y
Located in the heart of London's traditional Clubland in Pall Mall, The Reform Club was founded in 1836 and was membership was initially restricted to those who ... More
 
 
 

Westminster Nightlife

Westminster clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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The Tapster
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
3 Brewers Green, Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1H
Wine Bar ... More
 
 
 
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Cask & Glass
London > Nightlife > Bars
39 - 41 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E
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Sanctuary House
London > Nightlife > Bars
33 Tothill Street, Westminster, London SW1H
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Westminster Leisure

Westminster gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Urban Retreat at Harrods
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
5th Floor, Harrods, Westminster, London SW1X
Surely one of the most desirable places to spoil yourself rotten - the Urban Retreat flagship spa sits ever so prettily on the top floor of ... More
 
 
 
Club at St James Court
London > Leisure > Fitness
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1E
Fitness Club ... More
 
 
 
Abbey Community Centre
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
34 Great Smith Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1P
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Westminster Education

in or near Westminster
 
 
 
 

Westminster Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Westminster.
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Central Hall Westminster
London > Business > Venue Hire
Storey's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H
Central London's largest conference and events venue has welcomed an array of illustrious speakers through the ages - including Gandhi, Churchill and the Prince of Wales. ... More
 
 
 
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The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P
Seven floors of purpose-built meeting space in the heart of Westminster, the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC) is a well known permanent conference space situated ... More
 
 
 
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