Nearest Tube: Westminster
The district of Westminster is regarded by some as the very heart of London. And for tourist, many of the main sites are to be found here.
The area dates back to the 11th century when Edward the Confessor, came to the throne. A Christian, he devoted 10% of his wealth to building a church two miles to the west of the city of London - the West Minster (Westminster Abbey). The Abbey was completed in 1065, and Edward was buried in it just ten days later.
Westminster still has strong connections with royalty for this is where you will find Buckingham Palace. Throughout its history Westminster has also been the centre for government and law and this is the district where Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are situated.
Other notable tourist attractions in Westminster include Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery and the Tate Gallery.
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