A Day of Things to do in Westminster

London is the home to the Government of the United Kingdom and they’re based in Westminster. You will also find many Royal sights in this area. The easiest way to get to Westminster, if you’re in London, is to take the underground to Westminster station (served by the Circle, District and Jubilee lines). From here you can follow our guide to see all of the following sites by foot.

Start with the London Dungeon, which is a short walk over the Westminster bridge. Hear about Jack the Ripper, the Great Fire of London, what the journey to the Tower of London would have been like and finish your tour at the hang-mans noose. Buy your tickets here – The Dungeons

London Dungeon

Just outside of the London Dungeon you will also find the London Eye, this is also worth it’s ticket price. London is a fairly low built city and this allows you to see a lot of famous buildings from the wheel.

View of London sky line from the London EyeView of Palace of Westminster and Big Ben from the London Eye

Tip:

If you buy your ticket for the London Dungeon from the link above and also want to visit the London Eye make sure you buy the London Big Ticket for 2 Attractions, you get a bit of a discount.

Head back across the Westminster bridge towards the Palace of Westminster, home of the British Parliament, buy your tickets for a tour here – Tours of Parliament.

Palace of Westminster

Across Parliament Square you will see Westminster Abbey, which is over 1000 years old and has held Royal Weddings and Coronations since 1066. You need to pay to enter and tickets can be bought in advance here – Westminster Abbey While you’re here consider a lunch stop at Cellarium Cafe.

Walk back through Parliament Square, past the statue of Churchill, you  should head down Whitehall next. First you will see the Cenotaph, the site of the annual National Service of Remembrance. Steps further along the street you will find the entrance to Downing Street, number 10 is home of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. You cannot enter the street and it is guarded but it’s worth a quick look from the entrance. The next stop along Whitehall should be Horse Guards Parade. You will arrive at the front of Horse Guards, you can see the Dismounting Ceremony here if you arrive on time, it starts everyday at 16.00.

At the end of Whitehall is Trafalgar Square, with Nelson’s Column at it’s centre. Years ago you would find people jumping in the pools here and feeding the pigeons – this isn’t done anymore. Don’t miss your photo opportunity to get your picture taken with the huge lions.

Trafalgar Square

After spending time in Trafalgar Square walk back towards the statue on horse back, this is Charles the 1st. From here you will see a large white building with three arches, this is Admiralty Arch, the entrance to the Mall. Walk down the Mall taking in the memorials on the way. Alternatively walk through St James Park in the same direction.

At the end of the Mall you will see Buckingham Palace. Throughout the year the Palace is open to visitors, as is Clarence House, the residence of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall,  which is also on the Mall. You can buy tickets to visit here – Royal Collection Trust

Buckingham PalaceFlag flying at Buckingham Palace

After you have had your fill of sight seeing, from Buckingham Palace head through Green Park and spend your evening in and around Mayfair. You will find many restaurants and bars in this area along with designer shops, you might just want to window shop at.

 

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