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Picture of Westminster’s Big Ben & Houses of Parliament in London The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in Westminster, London

When visiting London, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a neighborhood with more beautiful landmarks than Westminster. From the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, Westminster is the beating heart of the politics and royal life in London. On your visit to the city, you’ll get to feel like a king or queen when you choose to stay in this gorgeous neighborhood!

Westminster is one of the most central neighborhoods in London. It’s roughly bordered by Mayfair and the bustling Trafalgar Square to the north, Knightsbridge and Sloane Street to the west, and the River Thames to the south and east. The neighborhood is part of the London borough City of Westminster, and not only houses some of London’s most famous landmarks, but also two beautiful parks. There are several subway stations in the neighborhood, making it really easy to travel around town. From the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to the busy government workers around Parliament Square, you’ll feel completely immersed in London life by staying in this area. Welcome to Westminster! Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of the north entrance of London’s Westminster Abbey The northern entrance of Westminster Abbey in London

One of London’s most famous landmarks, the Westminster Abbey is a must-see when you visit the capital city of England! Throughout the years, the 700-year-old church has held burials of many historical figures, as well as royal coronations and even weddings. Most recently, it was the site of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding on 19 April 2011! Read the entire story here…»

 

For the last 406 years Londoners have held one of the biggest celebrations of the year on November 5.

Known as Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire Night, the holiday celebrates the survival of the king and Parliament from an assassination attempt.

Fireworks in London on Guy Fawkes Day Fireworks in London on Guy Fawkes Day

In 1605 Guy Fawkes and a group of five main conspirators attempted to blow up the House of Lords with gunpowder on State Opening Day, the opening of Parliament, when the king and the entire government would be in the House of Lords chamber. This would become known as the Gunpowder Plot. As Catholics, they were persecuted and hoped to install the King’s daughter as a Catholic ruler.

Supposedly a letter was sent to Lord Monteagle warn the fellow Catholic not to be in attendance the next day. A search was made of the storage cellars below the House of Lords and the 36 barrels of gunpowder, along with Fawkes who was keeping watch of it, were discovered. Every year now in Westminster the Houses of Parliament are ceremonially searched. Read the entire story here…»

 

Photo of Buckingham Palace Photo of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is home to the British monarch. Located in the borough of Westminster in central London, it became the British monarch’s official residence in 1837 but remains under the ownership of the British state. Visitors can explore the Queen’s Gallery which hosts different exhibits throughout the year and can view the state rooms in August and September.

If your trip to London includes a visit to Buckingham Palace, then New York Habitat has great vacation rental options for you in Westminster. Here’s an example. It is a 2 bedroom apartment in Westminster (LN-75) located near many attractions including Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament and St. James’ Park.

 

Photo of Sir John Soane's Museum Photo of Sir John Soane's Museum

When the nights begin to get a bit colder in London, some of the best places to head to are the museums. Many of the city’s most notable institutions have a monthly late-night opening to lure workers, tourists and night owls alike. Cocktails are often on hand. Social events are scheduled. And, best of all, most of these places are within walking distance of a New York Habitat vacation rental in London. So soak up the nightlife and a little culture all at the same time!

On the first Tuesday of each month, the eccentric Sir John Soane’s Museum in Bloomsbury is lit up with candles and stays open until 9 p.m. Bathed in candlelight, the rooms and artifacts are atmospheric, to say the least—especially the lower level that houses the Egyptian sarcophagus.

On the last Wednesday of the month, the Science Museum in South Kensington lets loose with music, events, a bar and science-themed activities. No kids are allowed, so adults finally have a chance to try out all the hands-on activities. Get your geek on!

On Thursday and Friday evenings of each week, select galleries in the British Museum are open until 8:30, and the glass-domed Great Court stays open from Thursdays to Saturdays until 11:00 with screenings, talks and music. Read the entire story here…»

 

Photo of Hyde Park Memorial Photo of Hyde Park Memorial

Hyde Park is one of the Royal Parks of London and attracts millions of tourists and Londoners each year. The Diana Fountain, a fountain in memorial of Princess Diana is located in Hyde park as well as the July 7th Memorial to commemorate those who were killed in the 2005 bombings. The Park is also famous for a number of other attractions and is a significant place to visit on your next trip to London.

If you plan on taking a trip to London, we have great apartments all around Hyde Park for you, from an accommodation in Bayswater to an apartment rental in Mayfair.  This 1 bedroom vacation rental in Marble Arch, Westminster (LN-917) is a great option overlooking Hyde Park.

 

Photo of Westminster Abbey Photo of Westminster Abbey

The tradition of daily worship which still goes on at Westminster Abbey was established in the tenth century by Benedictine Monks. Worship is open to everyone, however you can also visit Westminster Abbey Monday through Saturday to view the art, architecture and other famous aspects of the church.

Consider staying in a Westminster accommodation to fully enjoy this British marvel. For instance, this two bedroom vacation rental in Westminster (LN-74) is located very close to Westminster Abbey. It is also only a short distance away from the Houses of Parliament and Saint James’ Park making it a great accommodation if you want to see all of the Westminster attractions.

 

Photo of 10 Downing Street, Residence of the British Prime Minister Photo of 10 Downing Street, Residence of the British Prime Minister

Downing Street is famous for being the residence for over 200 years of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Downing street is close to the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, in Westminster. Although Downing Street is open to the public, security makes it difficult to get up close to these famous homes.

Do you want to feel like the PM? Then consider renting a flat in Westminster. For example, this one bedroom accommodation (LN-174) is in the heart of Westminster making it close to not only Downing Street but many other exciting London attractions such as Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park.

 

Photo of The Changing of the Guard Photo of The Changing of the Guard

A must-see that should be at the top of your list when visiting London is the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, Westminster. The guards that stand outside the palace to protect the Queen are not only ceremonial, but a selection of the top active soldiers in the British Army.

To stay close to the royal palace, consider staying in a vacation rental in Westminster. For example, this one bedroom vacation rental in Westmister (LN-863) is located near Buckingham Palace where you can experience the Changing of the Guard.

 

Photo of Big Ben Photo of Big Ben

Big Ben, the bell in the third tallest free standing clock tower in the world is over 150 years old. This symbol of London, is located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster and is a great site to see when travelling through London.

 

-If you are looking for a Westminster vacation rental near Big Ben, this 2 bedroom accommodation is in the heart of Westminster (LN-74) and has a garden view.