Westminster is home to some of London’s most well known attractions, all situated within a short walking distance of one another making it a fantastic place to spend a few hours exploring, perhaps even an entire day especially when you consider that it is also a great place to head if you want to indulge in some retail therapy or see a theatre show as well.
For a day well spent in Westminster, here are our top things to see and do:-
See Big Ben
Possibly one of the best known attractions in the area, Big Ben is situated less than 10 minutes from The Marble Arch by Montcalm London if using the tube and is a real must see if you are exploring Westminster. Although commonly called ‘Big Ben’ the tower itself is actually called Elizabeth Tower; with Big Ben being the name of the bell situated inside the clock tower. It is possible to see inside Elizabeth Tower if you live in the UK and write to your local MP; entry is not guaranteed but it’s certainly worth a try to see this famous landmark up close.
Attend a Service
Home to some of the British Monarchy’s greatest coronations, weddings and funerals, Westminster Abbey is not only a building steeped in Royal history but it is also a stunning example of architecture to boot. Visitors can pay to see inside Westminster Abbey and discover the final resting places of several well known figures, see the Coronation Chair up close or take a tour of the Abbey led by one of the Vergers. Alternatively, it is also possible to attend a service at the Abbey; there is a regular programme of events and services which take place here throughout the week.
Shop on Oxford Street
Prepare to spend some of the money you have saved by booking one of The Montcalm club hotels and head to Oxford Street, London’s main shopping district. Here you will find many high street brands, department stores and flagship stores too. It is Europe’s busiest shopping thoroughfare and well worth a visit.
Visit the Cabinet War Rooms
The Cabinet War Rooms are a fantastic attraction for anyone with an interest in the life of Winston Churchill or the Second World War; this underground bunker remains much as it did during World War II and was the place where Churchill gathered the heads of his armed forces as well as the place he occasionally stayed during the War. There is also a museum attached which is dedicated to the life of Winston Churchill.
Watch the Changing of the Guard
Whether you have a keen interest in the pomp and pageantry surrounding the British Monarchy or you simply want to watch something a little different during your time in London, head down to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard which takes place every day at 11.30 am during May, June and July and every other day in the remaining months of the year.