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
InterContinental London Westminster
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
22-28 Broadway, SW1H
InterContinental London Westminster opened its doors in November 2012, injecting a new lease of life into an historic former government building, Queen Anne's Chambers. In an ... More
 
 
 
St Ermin's Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
2 Caxton Street, SW1H
A listed Victorian building, this hotel has kept the old English charm beautifully intact while offering guests comfortable rooms and efficient Italian service. It's located in ... 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
 
 
 

Westminster Events

in or near Westminster
Green: Talk
London > Events > Exhibitions
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N
Explore visual connections between paintings.... More
 
 
 
A Handful Of Stars
London > Events > Theatre
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A
Paul Robinson directs Billy Roche's decade defining play which provides a searing look at the pain and disillusionment of teenager Jimmy, following the break-up of his ... More
 
 
 
Above The Line: People And Places In The DPRK (North Korea)
London > Events > Exhibitions
British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A
Eighty large-scale colour photographs by acclaimed photojournalist Nick Danziger taken in the cities of Pyongyang, Wonsan, Nampo and Sariwon, which provide a new perspective of the ... More
 
 
 

Westminster Entertainment

in or near Westminster
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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
 
 
 
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St James Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
12 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E
Billed by its operators as 'the first newly built central London theatre in 30 years', St James Theatre opens to ... More
 
 
 
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Westminster Cathedral
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
42 Francis Street, Westminster, London SW1P
Neo-Byzantine Roman Catholic church. London’s only example of neo-Byzantine architecture and principal Roman Catholic Church, offers a magnificent campanile that emerges 274 feet into the sky. While ... More
 
 
 

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 to the ... More
 
 
 

Westminster Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Westminster
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Lock & Co
London > Shopping > Clothing
6 St James's Street, Westminster, London SW1A
Founded in 1676, for centuries Lock & Co. has been the place to shop for a top hat if you're off to Ascot. The quaint shop ... More
 
 
 
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John Lobb
London > Shopping > Shoes
9 St James's Street, Westminster, London SW1A
This historic bootmakers in St James's, set up in 1849, may be steeped in history but it's still the place to go for top quality tailor-made ... More
 
 
 
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Berry Bros & Rudd
London > Shopping > Wine Merchants
3 St James's Street, Westminster, London SW1A
300-year-old wine emporium. From £5 bottles of Berry’s Good Ordinary Claret to £7000 bottles of Romanée Conti this historic wine emporium has something to suit every palate. ... More
 
 
 

Westminster Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Westminster London?
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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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Starbucks
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
27 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1H
The ubiquitous Seattle based coffee shop can unsurprisingly be found all over London. Thanks to its market saturation policy, branches resemble the Capital’s buses by always ... More
 
 
 
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
75B Victoria 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
 
 
 

Westminster Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Westminster.
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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
 
 
 
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The Sherlock Holmes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10 Northumberland Street, Westminster, London WC2N
Thirsty Sherlock Holmes fans look no further than this homage to the great detective himself and to original Victorian pubs. While you indulge in a soothing ... 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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Dukes Hotel: Cognac and Cigar Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
35 St James's Place, Westminster, London SW1A
Famous for its martinis - a favourite with James Bond author Ian Fleming - Dukes Hotel extends its drinking area to include an outdoor Cognac and ... More
 
 
 

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
 
 
 
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So SPA Sofitel St James
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
6 Waterloo Place, Westminster, London SW1Y
Opened in July 2009, So SPA by Sofitel is a stunning relaxation space - all marble and modern design - housed within the Sofitel St James ... More
 
 
 
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Argonauts
London > Leisure > Extreme Sports
Queen Mother Sports Centre, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Westminster, London SW1V
This friendly, professional diving club based in Central London has been running for 30 years, and is now based at the Queen Mother Sports centre which ... More
 
 
 

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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