Tube Stop Tuesday: Westminster
This weeks edition of Tube Stop Tuesday is dedicated to one of the most visited places in London; Westminster. Home to the popular tourist attraction that is the Palace of Westminster, but also widely known as Big Ben, the City of Westminster covers many well known areas of central London including Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. However, I am going to focus on the attractions close to Westminster Tube Station.
There are three entrances/exits for Westminster, but they are all fairly close together so no matter which exit you take, you’re still going to be greeted by the beautiful golden architecture of Big Ben. Big Ben is officially the most visited attraction in London so you can expect it to always be super busy during the day, brimming with tourists and school trips from all over the World. The roads are also particularly busy, so please take care and wait for the green man light signal before crossing. I almost got knocked down by a man on a motorcycle yesterday! I was already in the road when he came whizzing around the corner!! What a crazy fool. So yeah, take care folks.
This area of Westminster is a fantastic place to admire some of London’s oldest and most stunning buildings. Wander along the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey and focus on the fine details of their architecture. It really is spectacular! Since I have been giving attention to the smaller things in the city, I have felt rather lucky to be able to call it home.
Things to do near Westminster Station:
- We’ll start with the most obvious; take a good close-up look at Big Ben. Standing tall at 96 metres and chiming loudly every fifteen minutes, it sure stands out well and is the most iconic attraction near Westminster tube station. The rest of the palace of Westminster is known as the Houses of Parliament, where the House of Commons and House of Lords meet. You can usually enter part of the building during the week to listen to a debate. Interesting stuff!
- Walk around Parliament Square, which is home to several statues of British, Commonwealth, and foreign statesmen. Some statues include Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln. Tourists love this place for a selfie.
- Visit St Margaret’s Church in Parliament Square.
- See the Jewel Tower, which is where the Queen’s jewels were once kept before being moved to the much larger Tower of London.
- Enjoy the 700 year old architecture of Westminster Abbey. This beautiful Gothic church is where British coronations and royal weddings take place. Tickets are around £20 to enter.
- Book a tour of the Supreme Court and enjoy its architecture. Close to Parliament Square, it is one of the three highest appellate courts in the United Kingdom.
- Walk around the Ministry of Defence building in Whitehall. Fun fact: Under this building is where King Henry the VIII’s wine cellar is. Unfortunately it is not open to the public.
- Check out the Cenotaph, a famous war memorial in Whitehall. This is where the annual National Service of Remembrance is held.
- Get a glimpse of 10 Downing Street through the gates at Whitehall. 10 Downing Street is home to the Prime Minister. The street is not open to the public and tours of the house cannot be booked.
- Visit the Churchill War Rooms, a secret WW2 bunker and museum which tells the story of Winston Churchill’s life.
- Take a look at the Battle of Britain Monument on the Victoria Embankment. It pays tribute to the British Military who fought during World War II.
- Walk along Westminster Bridge and enjoy the views of Southbank. Warning: Whilst walking along this bridge you may be knocked out with a selfie stick. It’s a very popular place to get a photo with the London Eye.
- Hop on a boat from Westminster Pier. From here you can enjoy city river tours and get to other popular areas such as Greenwich and the Tower of London.
- When you approach the end of Westminster Bridge toward Southbank, check out the South Bank Lion, also known as the Red Lion. It was cast in 1837 and placed outside James Goding’s Lion brewery. It has since been moved a few times and painted red, for the paint to be removed to reveal its white ceramic again. This Lion has seen it all!
There is just so much to see in this area, I couldn’t cut down the amount of photos! Have you wandered around Westminster?
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