When visiting London, the City of Westminster is an area that every tourist is likely to visit as most parts of London’s city centre form a part of the City of Westminster borough. At its creation in 1965, Westminster was awarded city status, giving it the borough the right to call itself “City of Westminster”. Many of the sites that are associated with London are located in the small city, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street.
Our two hotels Thistle Westminster as well as The Grosvenor are both situated in The City of Westminster. In close proximity to both hotels, you will find many interesting sights, beautiful parks and areas to discover.
Some random facts that you might not have known:
Did you know that the clock on the Big Ben Tower slowed down by 5 minutes in 1949 when a flock of starlings landed on the minute hand? At 14 feet long there is plenty of room for them.
Did you know that there are over two miles of passages in the Houses of Parliament ? These include a royal route from a porte cochere beneath the Victoria Tower all the way to the Lords.
Did you know that the first person buried at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey was Geoffrey Chaucer? Though his place in the Abbey came courtesy of his role as Clerk of Works, not for his writing.
Did you know that Westminster Bridge is painted green to be in harmony with the seat colour of the House of Commons?
Did you know that Parliament Square was made into Britain’s first roundabout in 1926? By then it had already existed for about 80 years.
Did you know that Westminster Abbey is Britain’s largest church? Begun by Edward the Confessor, it was added to and altered hugely by Henry III.
Did you know that College Garden in Westminster was laid out in the 10th Century and is Britain’s oldest Garden? Part of it was originally for growing medicinal herbs.
Here is a collection of a few suggestions of where to go and what to do:
Sights not to miss
Tip: If you’d like to visit the Abbey but don’t want to stand in the ticket queue, visit the daily Evensong at 5pm where beautiful Latin songs are being sung by a small ensemble of the choir of the church; for all attendants of the Evensong, entrance is free.
Tip: Come in time to watch the change of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
- Walk along the Thames on the south side of the river, The Southbank, all the way to Millennium Bridge
- While you are walking there, watch some of the fantastic artists that display their skills and have a drink at one of the many pubs along the river
- Stroll through St.James’ Park and feed some squirrels or ducks
Restaurant Suggestions in the area
On a budget:
- Book the last ‘flight’ on the London Eye at sunset or in the dark to enjoy views of London from a high altitude
- If you’d like to visit a musical in the area, check what is showing at…
…Victoria Palace Theatre: Booking for Billy Elliot is now open until 15 December 2012.
…Apollo Victoria Theatre: Wicked is currently showing at Apollo Victoria Theatre with bookings open until 28 April 2012.