: St. James
Car: not necessary
Westminster is an area of Central London, set on the north bank of the River Thames. It has a large concentration of London's most historic and prestigious landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, and the Palace of Westminster, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which houses the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The name 'Westminster' is derived from the West Minster, or monastery church, west of the City of London's St. Paul's. The area has been the seat of the government of England for nearly 1,000 years. The historic core of Westminster is the former Thorney Island on which Westminster Abbey was built. The Abbey became the traditional venue of the coronation of the kings and queens of England. The area has a substantial residential population, a surprisingly large proportion of which is a traditional London working class community living in council and Peabody Trust estates at the back of Westminster Abbey and off Millbank.
Other Activities: Shopping, sight-seeing, tourism, vast history and culture, museums, galleries, plays, theatres and entertainment