The residents of Westminster share their neighbourhood with the most iconic clock in the world. Big Ben (officially the name of the Great Bell in the Elizabeth Tower) tolls out the time with pomp and circumstance.
It’s fitting for an area that stands on ceremony: from Buckingham Palace to Downing Street, this is where the affairs of state have revolved for centuries. You’re bound to see some face of influence in a local establishment, or getting some fresh air after a heated debate in the Houses of Parliament.
Once you’ve had enough of staring at landmarks and the flanked crowds of sightseers, escape to the truly pastoral St James’s Park.
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Best known for
The big four
Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and 10 Downing Street. The main cluster of London’s tourist scene, can all be ticked off in a morning.
Escaping the politics
By having lunch in Inn the Park, located in one of the most enviable positions in town – in the heart of St James’s Park.
From Buckingham Palace to Downing Street, this is where the affairs of state have revolved for centuries.