City of Westminster Borough Guide

Your All In London guide to City of Westminster

Famous for being the seat of Government around parliament square and Whitehall, but also for its other cultural sites; Buckingham Palace, St James', Trafalgar Square and the Tate Britain amonst others. Westminster has the capital's highest crime rates, although this is skewed due to the high levels of tourists in the district and therefore associated petty crime. On a more positive note, Westminster council tax has historically been amongst the lowest in the country and is second behind only Wandsworth as the lowest in the capital.

Despite being one of the smallest areas in the UK, Westminster is densely populated and the population is expected to grow significantly over the next decade. Althought the residents of Westminster number only approximately 250,000, the daytime population is actually closer to a million with commuters coming in to work and tourists arriving to enjoy the borough's sights. Westminster has the curious title of Europe's largest night-time economy! The population is highly mobile and transient as well as being diverse; over 180 nationalities are represented in the borough's boundaries. Even more so than in other boroughs, areas of skilled professionals earning high wages will reside alongside pockets of people subject to high rates of unemployment and poverty.

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Must see attractions in City of Westminster

Oxford Street

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Paddington Recreation Ground

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Westminster Abbey

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The Palace of Westminster

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Regions & Neighbourhoods in City of Westminster

Bayswater
‘Diverse’ and ‘cosmopolitan’ are just two of the words that can be used to describe Bayswater, located in the City of Westminster, West London. Centrally located just three miles from Charing ...
Belgravia
Originally, the vast majority of Belgravia was owned by Richard Grovesnor who ensured that a substantial amount of development took place during the early to mid 19th century. Today, Belgravia is cons...
Chinatown
A region within the Soho part of City of Westminster, Chinatown is largely just one street although it does spread slightly from the main Gerrard Street. As the name suggests, Chinatown is the home of...
Covent Garden
Arguably, Covent Garden is one of the most famous areas in London, lying in Central London and straddling the City of Westminster and the London Borough of Camden. Covent Garden’s popularity is fuel...
Fitzrovia
Fitzrovia is not an official location within London and is considered to be the region north of the West End. Fitzrovia traverses the London Boroughs of Camden and City of Westminster and is surrounde...
Holborn
Meaning the ‘stream in the hollow’, Holborn is named after the River Fleet that originally flowed through the area. Modern day Holborn is split across Camden, City of London, and the City of Westm...
Knightsbridge
The name Knightsbridge came from the reference to the crossing of the River Westbourne that was known as Knight’s Bridge, at least until the 12th century. Neighbouring areas include Chelsea and Belg...
Maida Vale
Located in the City of Westminster, Maida Vale is a region of North West London that has a reputation for being the home of many celebrities. To add to the confusion, Maida Vale is not only a region b...
Marylebone
Roughly speaking, Marylebone is north of Oxford Street but south of Regent’s Park in West London. The boundaries are not firmly defined and some locals believe that Marylebone actually contains Rege...
Mayfair
Famously known for being the most expensive square on the Monopoly board, Mayfair is centrally located in the City of Westminster and is one of the most expensive locations within the capital. The ...
Paddington
Located within the centre of the City of Westminster and less than two miles from Central London, Paddington is something of a transport hub for those coming from the west of the city. The name Paddin...
Soho
Arguably one of the most famous districts of London, Soho is a small area of approximately 1 square mile in the City of Westminster. Historically, Soho was originally part of Middlesex, but in 1889, i...
St. John's Wood
St John’s Wood is located centrally in the City of Westminster and is within close proximity of Regent’s Park. Originally, St John’s Wood was part of Great Middlesex Forest but became a London s...
Trafalgar Square
Arguably one of the most visited attractions in London, Trafalgar Square is a location in Central London that was developed purely to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar, in 1805. The spot was origina...
Victoria
Strictly speaking, Victoria is not itself a region of London, although it is generally referred to as the area surrounding Victoria Train and Bus Station, which is part of the City of Westminster. As...
Westminster
One of the most visited regions of London, Westminster is home to the Palace of Westminster and the Parliamentary buildings. Westminster itself is located in the City of Westminster and is less than h...
St James's
If you want a glimpse of how the aristocracy live, St. James’s is the place to do it, although glimpse is as far as you’ll get with the various member’s clubs and royal residences that line the ...
Charing Cross
Charing Cross is really little more than a station and the junction where the Strand and Whitehall meet, however it is one of the busiest and most important stations in London, linking to the commuter...
Regents Park
This royal park is one of London’s most loved, with its ornamental gardens, fountains, the London Zoo and the enchanting Open Air Theatre. The area surrounding the park is characterized by vast, hig...
Pimlico
Pimlico’s residents pride themselves on their proximity to Belgravia and Chelsea, having the Tate Britain a stone’s throw away and being by the river. The attractive white stucco Victorian terrace...
Little Venice
This picturesque area is so-called because of its canals, which you can cruise along on one of the many boat services that run up to Camden Lock. The Regent’s Canal is also here, running all the way...

Neighbouring Boroughs

Kensington and Chelsea
Kensington & Chelsea lies to the west of the City Centre and recently became the first area nationally where the average household income has topped £100,000 according to research undertaken by Barcl...
Camden
Camden is the life and sole of any party; a massive alternative music, cultural and theatre scene runs alongside the mainstream. This area is stereotyped as the hippy, grungy, left-leaning area, but w...
Lambeth
Stretching from the Southbank of the Thames to suburbs of Clapham and Streatham, this is a vibrant, exciting area to live and work. ...
Wandsworth
Wandsworth, lying west of central London is a largely residential area and wealthier than the London average. It is a vibrant area made up of many young and middle-aged professionals and families and...
City of London
Not just a borough but a City in it's own right, this is the Small but perfectly formed economic powerhouse of London, UK and Europe. Residential housing is sparce as offices and retail outlets domina...
Southwark
Southwark is an inner London borough that fronts the river Thames and is home to extensive commerce, business and entertainment. The north of the borough has been transformed in the past ten years. Th...
Brent
Not one of the greenest of London's boroughs but ironically known largely for a small patch of green turf in Wembley; the new stadium with its iconic arch lie at the cultural heart of the area. The ne...
Islington
Geographically compact according to one report, small in everyone else's language, Islington is home to approx 200,000 people. A borough of marked contrasts - very wealthy and very deprived live in ne...

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