Victoria and Westminster lie to the south-east of Green Park and Hyde Park and Westminster boasts one of the most famous attractions in London, Buckingham Palace. The London Eye, Big Ben, Tate Britain and Westminster Abbey are just some of the other major attractions in the area in this historic part of London.

Westminster Tube

Tate Britain

Westminster Abbey

Big Ben

London Eye

What's in the area:

Westminster is the civic centre of London and is home to many government offices and official headquarters. Visitors to the area will find many of the iconic buildings and landmarks that are mostly associated with London The Gothic structure of Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral will be familiar to most while Big Ben towers over the River Thames and Westminster Bridge.

A little to the West and away from the Thames, you'll find Victoria which is home to one of the busiest stations in London with fast connections to all cross-sections of the city. If you love the romance and enchantment of train journeys then this is also where the historically famous Orient Express departs for its signature London-Paris-Vienna route. Victoria is not just a transport hub however and you can indulge in a bit of retail therapy at Cardinal Place or Victoria Place shopping centres or head to see a show in one of the many theatres in the area.

In Victoria, you can find a range of casual eateries that offer Asian flavour to traditional English fare, and you can even splash out and dine at the elegant Michelan-star Quilon restaurant located between Victoria and St James Park tube stations. Pre-theatre set menus are common in the area's restaurants as just seconds away from the train station is Victoria Palace Theatre and Apollo Victoria Theatre where you can catch performances of Billy Elliot and Wicked, one of the most watched shows on the West End.

What we recommend:

  • Walk across Westminster Bridge and follow the road to St James Park to feed the ducks, then onto Buckingham palace to see the Changing of the Guard.
  • At Inamo St James, you can order your oriental fusion dishes interactively, choose your virtual tablecloth and watch the Chefs at work
  • Take a guided tour (free, four times daily) at Tate Britain to view the collection highlights
  • Sip cocktails at The Sky Bar whilst enjoying stunning views over Westminster at the top of Millbank Tower

Changing of the Guard

Quilon Restaurant

Sky Bar

Recommended by Londoners

Churchill War Rooms

"The Churchill War Rooms are a great insight into the planning of the war effort for World War II"

Tom, Waterloo


Westminster Cathedral

"Westminster Cathedral (not to be confused with Westminster Abbey) has beautiful mosaics"

Petra, Islington


The Cinnamon Club

"A perfect setting in an old library and modern Indian Cuisine at The Cinnamon Club"

Laura, Holborn


Pall Mall

"Take a leisurely stroll from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square along Pall Mall"

Chris, Caledonian Road


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