- Westminster lies on the north bank of the River Thames and is home to some of London’s most famous landmarks, including the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. As such, the area is bustling and exciting throughout the year.
Westminster is synonymous with politics and is the centre of the UK Government. Parliament is located in the Palace of Westminster, and most of the major Government ministries are situated on Victoria Street, Great Smith Street or Whitehall. As a result many MPs and civil servants live in the area.
The SW1, W2 and WC2 areas of Westminster are home to great shopping and eating facilities, as well as many theatres and playhouses. The Adelphi Theatre on The Strand and The Aldwych Theatre at Aldwych both regularly host well-known musicals and shows. There are also plenty of museums and galleries to visit, including the National Portrait Gallery, Clarence House, and Jay Joplin’s pioneering White Cube Gallery.
“…created, in 1869, by Sir Joseph Bazalgette out of Fore Street, numerous small timber and boat-building yards and reclaimed land.”