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33 Tothill Street, Westminster, SW1H 9LAShow on map
INDIVIDUAL SANCTUARY HOUSE HOTEL/TRADITIONAL PUB OFFERING A FRIENDLY WELCOME IN A SUPERB CENTRAL LOCATION The Sanctuary House Hotel is a 3 star hotel in an excellent location close to the Houses of Parliament... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
22-28 The Broadway, St James's Park, SW1H 9JSShow on map
“Intercontinental Westminster about to create a huge impression in SW1”The Intercontinental Westminster Hotel is a 256 room, 4 star hotel which is situated in Westminster, Central London. This lies... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
2 Caxton Street, St James's Park, SW1H 0QWShow on map
St Ermins Hotel is a 331 room, 4 star deluxe hotel based in Victoria, South West London. The nearest tube station to the hotel is St James Park which is served by the District and Circle Lines on the... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PBShow on map
The luxury 5-Star London Marriott Hotel County Hall, in Lambeth, South London, is elegant, traditional and in a great location. The building was at one time the headquarters of London County Council and later... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
Belvedere Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PBShow on map
Premier Inn London County Hall is good quality budget hotel inside the historic County Hall, in Lambeth, South London. The building was at one time the headquarters of London County Council and later the... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
2 Whitehall Court, Westminster, SW1A 2EJShow on map
Crowned AA London Hotel of the Year 2010-2011, an accolade not to be sniffed at, The Royal Horseguards Hotel offers guests five-star luxury in a very central location near Westminster. Set in a stunning... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
45-51 Buckingham Gate, St James's Park, SW1E 6AFShow on map
Only a short stroll from Buckingham Palace and the serene splendour of St. James's Park, the Crowne Plaza London St James is a modern, 4-star hotel in the heart of Westminster. With bright and traditional... Read More »
Apartment - luxury
Buckingham Gate, St James's Park, SW1E 6AFShow on map
"The place to stay in London - some of the best reviews going!" 51 Buckingham Gate Hotel is an 86 suite 5 star hotel based in Victoria, South West London. The nearest tube station to 51 Buckingham Gate Hotel... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, SE1 7UTShow on map
The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel is a 1021, 4 star modern hotel that is located in Waterloo, South East London. The closest tube station to the hotel is Waterloo which is less than a 5 minute walk away.... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
30 John Islip St, Millbank, SW1P 4DDShow on map
The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Westminster, the former Mint Hotel, is a very stylish, ultra modern hotel in the heart of the city, within walking distance of many of London's most iconic sights, making it... Read More »
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Westminster is without a doubt, one of London's most popular districts for tourists to visit. Containing the royal and political seats of the city, if you've ever watched a movie montage where a character travels through London you will recognise all of the sights located here. Westminster encompasses the City of London, Mayfair, Victoria and parts of Marylebone.
The district of Westminster was first established in the 7th century, when Westminster Abbey was built as a grand church where coronations could be held, due to its proximity to Westminster Palace, where the King resided, the first recorded coronation was William The Conqueror and the Abbey is still used to crown regents today, the last being in 1953 when Queen Elizabeth II succeeded the throne.
Over the years, the Abbey has been the site of a tumultuous history, from Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, to the Marian persecution of Protestants, to an attack by puritan iconoclasts, led by Oliver Cromwell, who was buried in the Abbey, only to be later dug up again and strung up outside.
The stone of Scone also used to reside under the coronation throne in the abbey, although as a symbol of the English defeat of the Scots it was seen to be inappropriate to keep it in the abbey, so it sits in Scotland, to be returned for coronations as a gesture of goodwill.
Nowadays, the only turbulence the Abbey experiences is crowds of tourists and it is a fascinating place to visit, with stunning architecture from all former incarnations, the tombs of many of the UK's luminaries, a museum and even an area where you can take brass rubbings, it is the quintessential London experience, so be prepared to queue. From Westminster you can also reach Christopher Wren's St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge, with ease.
Next door to Westminster Abbey, you will find the Palace of Westminster, the seat of the UK's government since the 12th century, where the House of Lords and House of Commons meet to discuss running the country, to varying degrees of success.
The Palace was built in the 7th century and was home to monarchs since the 11th century. In the early 19th century, Parliament almost moved to Buckingham Palace when King William IV offered it as a gift, but after centuries of political history, surviving both the Gunpowder Plot and a fire, the associations of Parliament with Westminster palace were too strong and so today, you will see many be-suited major and minor political figures milling around the building as well as throngs of visitors who want to see what goes on behind the scenes.
Considering there are several pubs hidden within the building, serving the cheapest pints in London, perhaps very little at all is taking place. The most beloved part of the building is the 'Big Ben' clock tower, which is actually the name of the heaviest bell in the tower, but has become such a well-known nickname that it is known throughout the world.
Built in Victorian times, Queen Victoria requested that a light be added to the top of the structure to show when parliament was sitting, so she could check from Buckingham Palace that they were hard at work. Strangely, only visitors from the UK can climb the 334 steps to the top of the structure, so if you are visiting from abroad, perhaps see if you can get a friend to arrange this for you.
Westminster also incorporates the Queen's current London residence, Buckingham Palace. The seat of the monarch since the Georgian era, this imposing structure, designed by John Nash and Edward Blore, is where the Queen holds surprisingly humble apartments when she isn't at her Balmoral estate and lavish state events in the more opulent rooms.
The Palace has previously been home to Queen Victoria, King George V and King Edward VII, and since it became the monarch’s residence it has been the site of debutante balls, investitures and banquets for notable personages from across the world. It has also been the site of concerts and garden parties, to which members of the public were invited and the Palace has survived two fires. The Palace has also been broken into on several occasions, on one of which, the Queen found intruder Michael Fagan sitting on her bed smoking. The Palace is open for tours for two months of the year and if you don't arrive in time to tour, you can see the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Near to Buckingham Palace you will find Mayfair, which houses excusive shops such as Fortnum and Masons food emporium and the tailors of Saville Row. This area has some stunning hotels, including the world-renowned Ritz Hotel. Whilst many hotels are cheaper than this legendary London institution, hotels in the area do tend to be pricey.
To stay in Westminster and see the sights for less, a better option is to look at hotels in Marylebone, which tend to be much cheaper. Victoria Station is where you can catch the Gatwick Express Train, and hotels near the station can also be very reasonable. It is highly advisable to stay in Westminster if you are visiting London for the first time because it makes sight seeing so much easier and offers the best of the city's history and architecture.