Westminster - Introduction to the Area
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
Westminster is home to many world famous and must see sights, such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. Often referred to as London's West End, this vibrant area is also well known for its theatres, galleries and shopping.
Westminster developed from the 1000s, when Edward the Confessor (English king) decided to build his royal place there and today it is the most important part of London, as it is where the Queen resides and parliament meet.
Changing of the Guards
No one does pomp and pageantry quite like us Brits and the spectacle of a traditional ceremorial display, such as the Changing of the Guards and the Dismounting Parade, reguarly take place in Westminster.
In contrast those who venture off piste can discover the hidden side of Westminster with quiet back streets, beautiful garden squares and historic buildings.
Westminster has several delightful districts such as Soho, Covent Garden, Mayfair, Little Venice and St John's Wood, which have all retained their own distinctive character and are waiting to be discovered.
Paddington Street Gardens
There are also lots of green spaces in Westminster to discover, from its magnificent Royal Parks to more intimate gardens which are popular with the locals.
This is just a small selection of things to see and do in Westminster, if you would like to explore it further please check out my List of Westminster walks