Westminster

History is etched into the stones that compose this neighborhood's famous clock tower, abbey, and parliament buildings.

Boasting more than a few London landmarks, Westminster is a distinct political and cultural epicenter. Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace (God Save the Queen), and the United Kingdom’s House of Parliament all share the cobblestoned lanes under Big Ben’s timely shadow. Perched along the north bank of the River Thames, Westminster hosts a constant influx of briefcase-carrying policymakers and camera-wielding pedestrians along its endlessly busy-by-day corridors.

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On the Map

Westminster is within City of Westminster and bordered by Vauxhall, Millbank, St. James's, Covent Garden, Lambeth, Belgravia, Mayfair, Pimlico, The West End, Nine Elms, LB of Lambeth, and LB of Wandsworth

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The London Eye: 15 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 22 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 70 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 50 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 27 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 22 minutes on the tube

Britain's VIPs: Very Important People and Places

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Westminster's regal appeal stems from more than old stones and gold-gilded gates.

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As the seat of the British government and at the throne of the Queen, Westminster is the definition of dignified.

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The British Houses of Parliament and London's iconic clock tower, Big Ben, ensure that millions of visitors never lose sight of where they are.

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Westminster might be polite, but the neighborhood's nobility doesn't deter protesters, activists, and demonstrators from making themselves heard in Parliament Square.

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Westminster's ability to unify stately architecture with dissenting statements creates an environment unlike most others.

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Adding to the neighborhood's quixotic allure, Westminster Abbey attracts all kinds of visitors to gather in the shadows of its triumphant arches. As Great Britain's coronation church since 1066 and one of England's most prominent examples of Gothic architecture, Westminster Abbey is virtually divine.

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In Westminster, you don't need an alarm clock.

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Just wake up to the chimes of Big Ben.

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If your photos aren't explicitly representative of your time spent in England, grab a flag from one of Westminster's various souvenir stalls.

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We heard the Union Jack is a hot commodity in London.

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Once you get here you can pretty much walk everywhere! The Thames, Tate Britain, Michelin starred restaurants, Belgravia, Chelsea, Hyde Park, St James Park and the West End are all within easy walking distance. There are great local restaurants and cute pubs close by too."

A Royal Neighbor

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Buckingham Palace has served as the British monarch's London residence since 1837. As the ever-consummate hostess, her majesty entertains countless guests at royal events and celebrations.

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You might have missed your personal invitation to attend, but you can imagine the grandeur as you visit Buckingham Palace's publicly accessible State Rooms.

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The palace's Victoria Memorial stands proudly at the center of the Queen's Garden, signifying two tenets: peace and victory.

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For exercise-lovers, you are three minutes jog from the contiguous green areas of St. James' Park, Green Park and Hyde Park with great 5, 10, 20 k circuits."

Westminster from the Sky

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The London Eye doesn't lie. You certainly see things from fresh perspectives aboard the city's futuristic ferris wheel.

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Enjoy stunningly scenic views of London, and orient yourself with the help of Westminster's ever-present landmark, Big Ben.

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Ceremonial London

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London is a city that boasts extensive history. It's only fitting that it commemorates it with public displays of grandeur.

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On the anniversary of the monarch's official birthday, London's Horse Guards Parade comes alive with studied presentation and opulent celebration.

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Business As Usual

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For those who aren't royalty, Westminster is a place to work, commute, play, and relax.

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The neighborhood makes it easy to get around.

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Westminster, St James's Park, and Victoria tube stations serve the area.

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If you're still waiting for your invitation to the Queen's dinner party, you can grab a snack at one of Westminster's numerous pubs and cafes.

The Quiet Side of Westminster

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Although still stately, Westminster's side streets contain humbler homes than what you'll see behind the neighborhood's palatial gates.

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Photography

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After living his first twenty something years in the great land of Michigan, Tec Petaja traveled throughout central Asia, lived in Indiana and Hawaii, and finally found a home in Nashville, Tennessee where he currently resides with his wife.

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