Westminster is one of London’s most popular areas for visitors and it’s no surprise. The historical buildings, monuments, churches and attractions make it a must-see area when visiting the city. If you’re in the area, here’s what you will want to see.
Sights and Attractions
Standing tall and strong in the busy London landscape is the loud and larger than life, Big Ben; whilst the nick name originally referred to just the clocks great bell, its reference has now extended to the full clock and tower. Being one of London’s most iconic monuments, it acts as a prominent symbol for Britain, and more specifically, London.
You can see the breathtaking architecture of the Palace of Westminster, also known as, Houses of Parliament, the focal meeting point of The House of Commons and The House of Lords. You can get involved and take tours of Parliament or go and watch the debates and committees. You can get a better view of all these sights from the London Eye; this giant ferris wheel will take you on a round trip of London, allowing you to take in all the scenery of the city’s skyline at once.
While in the area, you can a trip, and maybe even a tour, of Buckingham Palace itself, where you can explore the home of The Queen. Westminster Abbey is a real spectacle of history and one of the UK’s most notable religious buildings. It is said to have been founded in 960 and rebuilt in 1517, and is used for services and royal occasions, such as the royal weddings. You can now visit and tour the Abbey, to explore its architecture and history.
Museums and Galleries
Westminster is teeming with culture and educational fun, in the form of galleries and museums. If you’re a lover of classic art, visit The National Gallery, where you can view iconic artwork and classic masterpieces. Explore the greatest in portraiture at The National Portrait Gallery and meet the many faces on display, throughout history to present day. The Royal Academy of Arts is renowned for holding the best of the best in exhibitions, so if you’re someone who keeps their finger on the cultural beat, this is a must-see. You can, again, view the best in the art scene at the Tate Britain, a gallery that plays host to many great pieces and exhibitions. You can also view exhibitions from the Royal Collection at The Queen’s Gallery or take a trip to the Churchill War Rooms, where you can explore the underground headquarters where the course of the Second World War was mapped out.
If you’d like to take a quiet moment away from the buzz of city life, you can explore one of the beautiful areas of greenery on offer. Have a picnic, feed the ducks and row alongside them in Hyde Park, a perfect place for a serene family day out. Take a stroll through the oldest of the eight royal parks, St. James’s Park, where you can be surrounded by London’s most prestigious monuments, whilst relaxing in the parks tranquil surroundings.