Westminster and St James, London

Westminster is home to many of London's most iconic attractions, such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

Explore Westminster to find attractions, beautiful parks and top restaurants. The borough is home to some of London's most famous areas, with fantastic nightlife and entertainment in Soho and Piccadilly, and West End shopping around Oxford Street, Regent Street and Carnaby.

The Westminster and St James areas are some of the most traditional, rich with the capital's living history. St James in particular, with its private members' clubs and traditional shops, affords a glimpse of centuries-old customs, while Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster (the Houses of Parliament) have existed, in one form or another, for around 1,000 years. 

Westminster attractions

Few places can match Westminster for its stunning range of attractions. Not only is The Palace of Westminster one of London's four World Heritage Sites, but you'll also find some of London's major galleries and iconic attractions based in the area, as well as some hidden gems, including:

Royal Parks

Take a break from a busy day of sightseeing in St James's Park, a huge Royal Park just a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace.

Hire a deckchair and spot the wildlife (including a few pelicans!), before continuing your walk up through Green Park and then straight across to Hyde Park. Stop off at Apsley House to see where the Duke of Wellington once lived.

Westminster restaurants, pubs and bars

The Westminster and St James area contains many superb places to eat. Enjoy a contemporary British lunch at Petrichor, a delicious pastry at the National Café or contemporary Indian fare at Cinnamon Club, a former Victorian library.

There are also plenty of traditional pubs to quench your thirst at in the area, rub shoulders with politicians at the Red Lion or drink a real ale at The Speaker.

For a touch of glamour, head to Dukes Hotel Bar and order the martini that is said to be the inspiration behind James Bond's signature drink.

Where to shop

Find fantastic shops in the West End, including Topshop's flagship Oxford Street store, Selfridgesand independent sellers in colourful Carnaby.

While in Piccadilly and St James you'll discover a range of tempting, unique boutiques. Pick up delicious treats at Fortnum & Mason, buy traditional country clothes at Cordings, or head to Jermyn Street for everything an elegant man requires. 

West End nightlife

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Head to the glamorous West End in Westminster for a night to remember. Enjoy a delicious pre-theatre dinner before heading to one of the big musicals . Laugh out loud at the Book of Mormon, be dazzled by Chicago, or listen to your favourite ABBA songs at Mamma Mia!

Continue your evening in Soho where neon lights illuminate streets lined with busy bars, clubs and late night eateries. 

Travel information

Westminster Tube station is served by the Jubilee line, the Circle line and the District line. There are a number of bus routes that go through the area. Catch river bus services from Westminster Pier.

St James's Park also has a Tube station, which is connected to the Circle line and District line.

Where to stay

Westminster's central location makes it an ideal place to stay. There are several hotels in the area, with accommodation ranging from budget hostels to luxury hotels. Try the Royal Horseguards, Corinthia Hotelor The Goring as five-star options. Or for cheaper accommodation, you can't beat the YHA London Central.

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