Travel to Westminster
Many people don't realise that one of London's boroughs actually has city status in its own right – the City of Westminster. Stretching from Trafalgar Square
in the north to the Thames in the south, and from Covent Garden in the east to Knightsbridge
and Chelsea in the west, Westminster has been the seat of political power in London for over 900 years – and nowadays it's home to many of the capital's top attractions.
Although many of these attractions are free, transportation costs in London can quickly add up, so if you're planning to travel into Westminster to check out the sights (or commute to the city from other parts of London
, Kent or even further afield) try to track down a car share to keep your costs low. That way you'll have plenty left in the kitty to enjoy all the delights Westminster has to offer!
Top London attractions in Westminster
Westminster is virtually synonymous with British politics, as it's here you'll find the country's venerable Houses of Parliament. Officially called the Palace of Westminster and designed in a spectacular gothic revival style, the parliament buildings are easy to spot – just look out for the iconic Big Ben bell tower, standing 96 metres high above the Thames.
Looking for something a bit eccentric? Check out the eerie waxworks at Madame Tussauds
or the creepy exhibits at the London Dungeon
. There are also free walking tours that run in the area, or you can hop on one of the city's famous sightseeing buses!
Parks, pubs and fabulous shopping
If the weather is nice, spend some time outdoors – Westminster is home to some of London's finest royal parks and gardens
, including Hyde Park, Regent's Park and Kensington Gardens. Or pay a visit to the ZSL London Zoo
As the City of Westminster also encompasses Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street
, there are some fantastic shopping opportunities – keep an eye out for the flagship stores of high-street favourites such as Topshop, Marks & Spencer, Selfridges, John Lewis, Urban Outfitters and more.
When you're all shopped out, the area is absolutely packed with a wide selection of pubs, bars and restaurants. Establishments in the affluent St James and Belgravia neighbourhoods tend to be pricier, so go ahead and treat yourself with the cash you've saved through your lift share, or head to one of the many excellent budget options throughout Pimlico