Westminster Area Guide
Westminster is home to iconic London landmarks like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, which sit proudly on the edge of the River Thames. Much of this stretch of central London – the ministries that line Whitehall as well as the heavily guarded, security-gated Downing Street – is strictly off-limits. There is still plenty to do and see around Westminster. As well as tours of these famous sites, there’s St James’s Park, which is essentially the Queen’s front garden.
It's one of eight royal parks. It is famous for its flower beds outside Buckingham Palace and its pelicans, originally a gift from the Russian ambassador to Charles II, who have been a presence in the park for more than 400 years.
Westminster’s residents shop in Victoria Street and Cardinal Place the shopping centre close to Victoria Station.
There's no shortage of options for foodies either. There is a lively street market in Strutton Ground. Be warned the food is so good there's usually long lunchtime queues. Or a number of high end restaurants, some with Michelin stars, so you're bound to not be disapppointed.
Westminster has three Underground stations: Westminster, St James’s Park and Victoria, which are all on the District and Circle lines. Westminster is also on the Jubilee line with trains to Canary Wharf, and Victoria is also on the Victoria line with trains to Oxford Circus.