A locals' guide to Westminster
"Reminiscent of a charming village green, I love eating lunch in picturesque Vincent Square."Hayley Thomas
"The view from the tower at Westminster Cathedral is amazing, it's really worth the trip up there."Eduard Pistea
"When you think of the history and pageantry that has happened at Westminster Abbey, it gives you goosebumps!"Jamie Newson-Love
Where do Westminster locals go?
Informative guided and audio tours of the beautiful and ornate parliament building. It's great to see the place in real life, rather than just on the tele!
Submitted by Daisy
St John's Smith Square
If you're a fan of classical music, this stunning venue is a must. The architecture is awe-inspiring too...
Submitted by Jamie
The first Argentinian pub to open in the UK, this place serves traditional dishes and South American wines.
Submitted by Jamie
An institution over 100 years old, this stunning hotel is beautiful inside - you really are stepping back into a grander era!
Submitted by Edvin
Freshly prepared salads and cakes certainly make lunchtimes more appealing...
Submitted by Hayley
Tachbrook Street Market
A great street food market open 2 hours every lunchtime.
Submitted by Stephen
As well as selling a wide range of beer, wine and spirits, the Oddbins in Pimlico does free tasting sessions too!
Submitted by Jamie
Delicias de Portugal
Super favourite amongst locals and professionals in the area. Great selection of salads, sandwiches, pastas, wines, meat and cheese, and take away lunch. Usually the queue starts on the street outside of the shop.
Submitted by Daniel
Bateaux London Cruises
A great way to see London with a variety of different cruises along the Thames. You can even opt for Sunday lunch whilst listening to a live jazz band!
Submitted by Alina
Hardcore Lobster & More
Perfectly cooked lobster and burgers - a welcome alternative to restaurants serving similar dishes.
Submitted by Jamie
Dolphin Square Fitness Club
Peace and quiet, where one goes to ponder and work out all at once!
Submitted by Danielle
VauxWall Climbing Centre
A little known bouldering centre in the arches. Turn up with your kit for a different kind of work out.
Submitted by Jon
Inn the Park
A fantastic place to watch the world go by, with an outdoor terrace to enjoy sunny days and stunning views of Whitehall and Buckingham Palace.
Submitted by Fi
Why do you find Westminster a great place to live?
"I love this area because there are lots of lovely places to go and you learn about the past."
"Walking distance to all the action one way, and the peace of the park the other!"
What do you like about Westminster?
Did you know?
"The expression 'it's in the bag' derives from the use of a bag in the Commons chamber that is used by MPs to collect petitions received from their constituents to present to Parliament - a rare occurrence."
Child-friendly activities near Westminster
Music and MovementThe Abbey Centre
This is a movement class set to live and recorded music. The tutor sings and plays guitar. Parents and children join in group games and sing familiar children's songs. Toys, equipment and musical instruments are used to tell stories. The class follows a similar format each week. The children join in their own way, so it is suitable for toddlers up until aged five. Website
Young Parents Group parents 15 - 22 years oldTwins Group
Young Parents Group is a relaxed social group parents who are in their teens and early 20's and their children, to meet, socialise & share information. Website
Parents and ToddlersEmmanuelle Centre,
All Free and All Welcome! We have excellent facilities for the under-fives! Spacious Carpeted Hall, Refreshment, Baby Corner, Book Corner, Home Corner, Painting Corner, Puzzles, Bikes, Slides, Pop-UP Tents, Pushchairs, Big Cars, Dressing Up, Soft Toys, Lego and much more. Website
Marsham Street NurseryTwins Group ,
We are a friendly team made up of outreach workers, speech and language therapists, link to midwife, dietician and health visitors, a social worker, early years practitioners, Qualified Teachers and more. The centre has been recently refurbished and offers daily activities including courses and events. Website
Magic Carpet Storytelling Sundayshome in Bloomsbury, Central London or I can travel within London
Let your under 5s be entertained and informed about different paintings at the National Gallery every Sunday in their Magic Carpet Storytelling workshops. A great way for them to learn and have fun!
Parent and Toddler Drop-inBuckaroochies,
Buckaroochies is a group for parents, carers and toddlers. It is a great chance to get out of the flat, meet new friends, arrange play dates and encourage social interaction for your child. Website
Stay and PlayTwins Group
Session includes messy play, art activities and a children's snack time. Session ends with a story, songs and rhymes. Website
Westminster is an area of Central London, within the City of Westminster. It lies on the north bank of the River Thames, southwest of the City of London and 0.5 miles (0.8 km) southwest of Charing Cross. It has a large concentration of London's historic and prestigious landmarks and visitor attractions, including Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Westminster is the location of the Palace of Westminster, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which houses the Parliament. The area has a substantial residential population.
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Why not explore some other local areas:
- West End
- Nine Elms
- Covent Garden
- Elephant and Castle
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