One of the capital's most illustrious sights, Westminster Abbey is indelibly linked with Royal Weddings and other great state occasions. We have a great selection of hotels near Westminster Abbey and there's sure to be something to suit your taste and budget.
Westminster Abbey was one of the first stars of British television when the coronation of Elizabeth II took place there in 1953 and it has been the unerring constant in television coverage of British state events over the last 60 years or so. Discover the magnificent ceiling in the Henry VII Lady Chapel or the eye-popping artistry of the stained-glass windows and the Gothic splendour that envelopes you as soon as you walk through the Abbey's great doors.
Westminster is the cradle of British Parliament and its great totem, Big Ben, whose sonorous tones mark time in this great city. You'll see Westminster Cathedral with its candy stripes, the wide expanses of green spaces consisting of St James' Park, Green Park and Hyde Park. There's Buckingham Palace, The Mall, The Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History Museum. And not forgetting swish Mayfair and Soho with its marvellous pubs, eateries and boutiques. This is the heart of London and there is so much to see and do.
With Michelin-starred chef, Michel Roux behind it, Roux at Parliament Square was always likely to be a hit. We can take it as read that the food is good but what about the ambience, the décor and the service? Happily for all concerned, this prestigious eatery delivers in all areas. Keen is a restaurant whose simple objective is to "serve delicious, healthy, affordable food that guests will want to return to throughout the day, the week, and week after week." Does it achieve that aim? Apparently so and they do this with a menu that concentrates on quality not quantity, while providing good service and a mean coffee. The Regency Café has been going strong since 1945 and this is because it focuses on cheerful service, satisfying food and a no-frills approach to décor. The Regency appeals to both the well-heeled and the down-at-heel because there's nothing like a full English breakfast to start your day, no matter what you do for a living.
With Heaven, Zoo Bar, Aura Mayfair, Funky Buddha and The Box Soho nearby – to name but a few – Westminster is well placed for the best of the capital's club culture. And then there are the West End theatres with Shaftesbury Avenue close by, not to mention the Old Vic, The National and The Globe.
Oxford Street, the busiest shopping thoroughfare in the UK, is just a 30-minute walk away. Camden Market is a 20-minute tube journey from Westminster. And if you like doing all your shopping under one roof, head to Westfield London, the third-largest shopping centre in the country.
For ideas on activities in the capital check out our blog or our page for things to do in London.