London’s Borough City of Westminster
London’s City of Westminster borough is well known as the heart of UK’s Parliament and the residence of both the Prime Minister and the Queen. It is also the location of historic sites like the Abbey and Big Ben. In tourist season (which is pretty much all year round) most of London’s holiday makers are drawn to Westminster.
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Clearly it’s a crowded place to be in, but that hasn’t stopped the 236,000 residents of the borough from setting up home close to the seat of the city’s power. Most of the residences here are flats, because of the space crunch. For the same reason, real estate prices are also among the highest in London.
But visitors on a short term or long term holiday or those coming into the city for a one night halt or an extended weekend usually prefer to put up here at apartment rentals, and there are plenty of good reasons why.
Why Stay At Westminster?
If Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the road leading to 10 Downing Street are not attractions enough for visitors, then famous landmarks like Nelson’s Column and Trafalgar Square are. Westminster was the heart of espionage during WWII and history buffs will always be fascinated by the underground bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms.
The world’s oldest menagerie at the London Zoo or the superlative art collection at the National Gallery draws crowds throughout the year. The Famous Piccadilly Circus makes an excellent subject for Instagrams at all times of the day and shoppers can join the like-minded throng at Oxford Street’s world famous high street and designer fashion stores.
In the night, the clubs, bars and restaurants of Soho and Leicester Square come alive. The calmer pubs and cafes of Covent Garden are equally popular haunts of weekend nightlife-seekers. There are also plenty of vast green spaces in the borough, most famously at Hyde Park.
A rented apartment in this area will place the visitor right at the heart of London’s vibrant social, cultural and political scene. The area is also very popular for runners looking for accommodation during London’s marathon weekend.
Holiday flats : Where to Stay ?
While rent in most areas of in this part of London is exorbitantly high, there are some areas that are close to the scene and still have some cheap rentals available. The Bayswater area in particular is highly cosmopolitan, bordering the north of Hyde Park.
Apartments in Bayswater are a mix of flats and boarding houses, with some Victorian houses and stucco balconies. There are studio apartments available for rent, which are ideal for short term stay. Some owners also allow a one night stay for transiting visitors that want a comfortable, homely halt overnight.
Most apartments are comfortable and well-appointed, with additional amenities including WiFi, terraces and gardens, private lifts, river views etc. Interested travelers can find accommodation that sleep anywhere between 2 and 9 people.
Some cheap accommodation is also available in the Trafalgar Square, Soho, Pimlico, Knightsbridge and Marylebone areas, though these are fewer in number as compared to Bayswater.
A mix of classic and contemporary apartments can be found in the greater Westminster area. Most self catering rentals offers free Wi-Fi, modern, open-plan kitchens, a living area with large comfortable sofas and free laundry facilities. Bathrooms are clean and bright, and come with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some properties include an indoor swimming pool, gym or fitness center, sauna, and steam room.
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Main railway stations ?
The City of Westminster is served by overground trains leaving from Victoria Station, Paddington railway station, Charing Cross, and London Waterloo Station (see hotels nearby).
Tube Stations ?
The borough is served by more than 20 underground stations. Tube stations in the central Westminster area include :
- Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines)
- Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Jubilee lines.
- Green Park (Jubilee. Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
- St James’s Park (Circle and District lines).
- Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)
- Pimlico (Victoria line)
- Victoria (Circle, District and Victoria lines).
Location – Where is
Where is City of Westminster ?
The Inner London Borough, City of Westminster, is located in central London UK.
The city’s hospitals are within easy reach such as the Charing Cross Hospital on Fulham Palace Road, University College Hospital UCH on Euston Road, St Thomas Hospital on Westminster Bridge Rd, Wellington Hospital in St Johns Wood, and more.
Tourists flying to London can choose between 6 airports.
The city’s two main airports are Heathrow LHR and Gatwick LGW airport, both serving numerous destinations in Britain, Europe and the rest of the world.
London Stansted Airport is within easy reach, as well as London Luton international airport and Southend Airport SEN. All airports offer flights to a wide range of European and UK destinations. The city’s financial district is served by London City Airport, the smallest of London’s airports.
5 Popular Tourist Attractions and Sights
The famous London tube or underground connects the city’s many sights and attractions.
Palace of Westminster – Houses of Parliament
(Old Palace Yard, SW1A 0AA, England UK)
The Houses of Parliament is an iconic landmark, located inside the Palace of Westminster on the north bank of the River Thames. Well worth taking a tour.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
(St. Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD United Kingdom)
St Paul’s is a magnificent Cathedral and of the most recognisable buildings in London. Make sure you climb to the top, the views all well worth it. See the tombs of Nelson and Wellington in the crypt.
(Elizabeth Tower – Houses of Parliament SW1A 0AA, England)
Spectacular tower. Magnificent landmark not to be missed. Big Ben is actually the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster.
(20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom)
Large gothic church, full of history. See tombs of the British monarchy and many famous people including Edward The Confessor, Ann of Cleves, Queen Elizabeth 1st and Mary Queen of Scots. There are audio tours available.
St James’s Park
(The Store Yard, St James’s Park, Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2BJ)
Lovely park and oldest Royal Park in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the city, within a few minutes of Buckingham Palace.