Westminster is in the heart of London and is home to the Monarchy , the Government and many key tourist attractions. It has the largest concentration of visitor attractions in London including prestigious landmarks such as Buckingham Palace , Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square, as well as most of the West End theatres and cinemas, and world famous shopping areas of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street.
It also contains 40% of London's hotels and guest houses, and has a large choice of conference and convention venues that provide exhibition and meeting space for businesses from across the UK and internationally.
There is an abundance of nightlife surrounding the central areas of Leicester Square, Soho and Mayfair with a busy bustling scene whereas with St Christopher’s Square and Marylebone High Street for example you can kick back in a more relaxing scene.
Within Westminster shopping is at it’s finest with the luxury of Bond Street, the more casual Oxford Street or the boutiquey feel of both Soho and Covent Garden all at hand.
Transport in the area is exceptional, the Central, Circle, Victoria and Piccadilly lines are never far away and bus links are more than convenient.
Visit westminster.gov.uk for any other queries you may have on the area.
Kensington and Chelsea
The attractions of Kensington and Chelsea, which shot to prominence as a celebrity hangout in the 1960s and has never lost its appeal, range from its numerous bars and clubs to high fashion boutiques and the quieter parks and open spaces as well as the annual flower show. It is also home to Harrods as well as one of the most flamboyant and wealthy football clubs in the world, although Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground is actually in Fulham.
Kensington and Chelsea is probably one of the most diverse borough of the capital. Behind the busy Brompton Road SW3, which is home to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and big High-Street chains, is Sloane Street with its designer shops, although the tiny streets surrounding it are packed with boutiques, bespoke jewellers, delicious delicatessens and bakers, as well as antique shops, interior designers and upmarket wine merchants.
There is no shortage of places to eat and drink and some of the capital's best-loved bars and restaurants are here. Walton Street SW3 is home to many of them, such as the Art Bar, Bardot, The Enterprise Inn, which serves delicious food, and Scalini's, which is a popular haunt for the rich and famous. Poule au Pot, often described as London's most romantic restaurant is not far away. Gordon Ramsay's original restaurant is on Royal Hospital Road, next door to the Royal Hospital, which is home to the Chelsea Pensioners and hosts the annual flower show.ma
The area's history is also linked to the flower trade and in the 17th century it was an important centre of both market gardening and botany. Chelsea Physic Garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and it still studies plants today. Among the hustle and bustle of King's Road is Worlds End Nurseries, which sells plants and designs gardens on a site that has been producing plants for centuries. In the early 17th century, when the Tulip Bubble was at its peak, bulbs changed hands in Chelsea for as much as £200 – which in today's prices would almost buy you an apartment here.
Visit rbkc.gov.uk for any other queries you may have on the area.