Nothing spells London more than Westminster. It is where most of the iconic spots in the city are found, and is easily one of the most popular places for tourists to visit. And, there is a lot of reasons why this is one of the most popular boroughs for tourists.
First up, it has the best parks and green spaces. Five of the nine Royal Parks are found in Westminster. These include Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, St. James’s Park, and Regent’s Park. Each of these hosts lush greens and is lined with interesting landscapes. There are several gardens and activity areas. These parks are open to the public and entrance is usually free, except if you want to try out activities such as horseback riding, boating, or playing tennis. Aside from sight-seeing, you can also catch some street artists and performers who do not fail to entertain. Visiting these open spaces can be considered as one of the best free things to do in London.
You can’t say you’ve been to London without visiting a pub. There are several popular pubs in Westminster. Some of the best in the area is The Warrington, found close to Abbey Road, the Crown, and the Two Chairmen in Soho. The Coach Makers in Marylebone is also worth the visit.
London is also known for being home to the world’s best museums, many of which are also found in Westminster. An interesting place to visit would be the London Transport Museum, which tells the history of the now complex London transport system.
Another reason why tourists gravitate towards London is the stunning views the city has to offer. The Golden Jubilee Bridges has become one of the best spots for stunning views. The old pedestrian walkway was transformed into fascinatingly engineered twin suspension footbridges. Aside from the interesting engineering and architecture, it also offers a spectacular night view of the city.
Westminster has been a popular location for several movie shoots, but easily the most popular of which would be Harry Potter. The movie’s famed Diagon Alley was actually shot at Charring’s Cross. Platform 1 of Paddington station is also a location for the film Narnia.
Westminster also has a good selection of outdoor dining restaurants. A recent favorite among Londoners is St. Christopher’s Place. It’s a quiet place for you to soak in the sun while dining outdoors.
London has always been a picture of luxury and sophistication. But it actually doesn’t fall short of cheap eats that taste just as good as expensive meals. You can actually get £8 pizzas from the family-run La Porchetta Pollo on Old Compton Street, Soho.
Coffee and Tea
One of the favourite activities for locals and tourists alike are sipping coffee or tea. One of the best spots around Westminster is Flat White. Found on Berwick Street in Soho, it is one of the up and coming places for coffee enthusiasts. As the name implies, it is noted for its exquisite flat white coffee with an Aussie twist.
If you’re craving for a more British taste, you can drop by Foxcroft & Ginger. It offers the famous Monmouth coffee at a very reasonable price. It also offers a selection of sweets and some savoury snacks to fill you up.
Bars and Cocktails
The best way to cap a long day of roaming the streets of London is to unwind at a local bar. Galvin on the Windows Bar offers the best experience as it is one of the best bars with the best views. You can find it on the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton.
Navigating the area is really easy as there are several transportation options. If you book a hotel nearby, you can easily walk from one attraction to another. You can also take the bus or the tube if you are not a fan of walking.