London promises all of its visitors a wide variety of opportunities, experiences and unforgettable sites. Whatever the area, there’s always going to be something truly unexpected or which will resonate with you for years to come. That’s why over 16 million tourists visit the city every year and knowing the hotspots of the city will out you ahead of the crowds in no time at all.
One area which simply can’t be missed is the borough of Westminster. Full of historic landmarks, riveting entertainment and iconic tourist attractions, the area of central London known as Westminster is home to the largest concentration of tourist hotspots in the city. In part this is due to the area being home to the seat of government for the United Kingdom since as far back as 1200 alongside the official residence of the royal family. On top of this there are a number of beautiful parks and dining hotspots. Below are a few of the areas which those making the most of London city break deals can make the most of during their stay.
The National Gallery
Based in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is home to around 2300 paintings from between the 13th century and 1900. Being one of the most visited art museums in the world, the collection is run and owned by the British Government and unlike other European governmental body affiliated museums, was not a gallery space bought by the ruling body, but was formed when they bought a collection of paintings from insurance broker and arts patron John Julius Angerstein in 1824. The collection includes paintings from classic artists such as Da Vinci and J W Turner.
Cabinet War rooms
As a branch of the Imperial War Museum, the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms is a labyrinthine underground system of rooms used for directing battle plans during the Second World War. The museum itself follows the journey that then Prime Minister Winston Churchill took during the war and is located under the Treasury Building in Whitehall.
If the war room has you feeling slightly claustrophobic, then why not take a stroll through Green Park. This historic park is 47 acres of undisturbed green fields and trees. Unlike other parks there are few buildings, playgrounds or lakes, making it a peaceful Royal Park in which to relax and take stock. Located between the busy Whitehall and commuter laden Victoria station, the area acts as a green haven from the crowds of the city.
Oxford Street shopping
This mile long high street is located between Marble Arch and Regent Street and is one of the busiest shopping streets in Europe. Guests looking for great value and high quality shopping experiences from shopping hotspots such as Selfridges and Top Shop are in luck, you could spend hours, if not days perusing the streets and warrens of Oxford Street.
Public Galleries of Parliament
Where would a stay in Westminster be without a trip to the head of British Government? Sit in the public galleries of Whitehall and watch debates and day to day happenings in one fo the most important buildings in the country.