Situated in the heart of London, Westminster serviced apartments are the ideal place to stay in London if you are looking for short or long term accommodation just outside of the city. An excellent alternative to hotels, serviced apartments offer ample space, a fully equipped kitchen, stylish interiors and comfortable living space. Westminster is a place that needs very little introduction. It is infamous as the seat of British politics and is a busy area bustling with important people, being as it is where the decisions of the nation are made.
What isn’t widely known is that Westminster is actually part of the City of Westminster, a city within a city which has the claim to fame of being the very centre of Greater London.
It has one of the highest concentrations of London landmarks to be found anywhere in the capital. The wider City of Westminster area incorporates the West End, London’s entertainment district, as well as the iconic shopping streets of Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street and Piccadilly.
It’s where the Queen and the British Prime Minister call home too so it’s generally considered a pretty desirable place to live. It’s next door to the City of London and also borders the River Thames as well as the London Borough of Kensington.
There are some fantastic options when it comes to serviced apartments in Westminster. Here are a selection offered by TheSqua.re:
These serviced apartments in Westminster are unique but do have a number of things in common. This is thanks to a strict checklist incorporated by TheSqua.re on all the properties they offer.
This checklist ensures that every property offers minimum facilities such as a living area and kitchen area, as well as the standard bedroom and bathroom. But it also confirms more homely necessities such as tasteful decoration, flat screen TVs and free Wi-Fi throughout. The latter being essential for the modern traveller.
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Westminster is a popular destination for corporate travellers due to its location. People working in the public sector couldn’t be in a better location as the full mechanics of British central government can be found in the very near vicinity.
Business travellers in general are also close to other business districts, most notably the City of London, Waterloo and even the Docklands and Canary Wharf areas thanks to the Jubilee line connection.
The general requirements of corporate travellers are also perfectly met by serviced apartments in Westminster. Not only are they a quiet haven away from work life at the end of a busy day, they can also act as a base from which to work from, thanks to the living area and high speed Wi-Fi.
Westminster is not the most obvious place to stay for the average holidaymaker but in reality, there’s not many better places. It’s difficult to think of a place in London which has a higher proportion of must see sights and landmarks on the doorstep.
The properties offered for rental by TheSqua.re are some of the best available in the area. Not only in terms of their location either. The apartments are tastefully decorated and stylish. They not only have a kitchen area, but all of the amenities and utensils needed to actually cook in a modern kitchen.
The ability to cook a meal whilst on a vacation is an understated bonus. Eating out is great and London has some fantastic restaurants available to choose from. However, eating out is expensive and can be quite unhealthy if doing it every night.
Being able to cook a meal at home saves money. It also allows people to cook healthy meals that they would normally have at home. Plus, staying in to eat in a serviced apartment whilst on holiday is actually quite a novelty, especially as you can use the space to entertain too.
Anywhere in Westminster is ideally situated. It is in such a central position that there isn’t one area which isn’t within walking distance of a tube, train, bus or even a transport hub with all three.
The places that prove most popular are the areas within walking distance of London Waterloo or close by Westminster Bridge, to allow access to transport both north and south of the river.
There’s lots of things to know about Westminster, considering the importance of the place in the British constitution. It’s the home of Royalty and politics and is where the major decisions for the country are made.
Here are some interesting facts about Westminster:
This is where the Royal family of the UK live, as well as the British Prime Minister. As you can imagine, this makes Westminster a pretty expensive place to stay or live in.
The average traditional rental price in the area is around £3,750 per month. This can go up to around £12,000 a month for larger properties in the more desirable postcodes.
This is why renting a serviced apartment is often the cheapest and simplest way to stay in the area. There is a bonus for residents though. Council tax in Westminster is the second lowest rate in all of England!
Getting about is easy thanks to the 27 tube stations in the City of Westminster which cover ten of the eleven London Underground lines. Oyster cards are cheap and also work at mainline stations (when travelling within London) as well as trams and buses.
Walking or cycling are both options and are definitely the cheapest ways to travel.
Westminster can arguably boast of being the best located part of London when it comes to either business or leisure travel. In a city as exciting as London and with this much to see, this is a hugely significant boast.
This really is a place where a two week vacation can be spent without venturing any further than the area itself. The City of Westminster literally has everything London has to offer squashed into its borders. Most of the famous places in London are contained within anyway!
For people that don’t know London at all, here’s some ideas as to how to make the most out of staying in Westminster.
Q. What are the most popular landmarks in Westminster?
Considering there’s 11,000 listed buildings in Westminster, this list could potentially be huge.
Q. What are some Free Things to do in Westminster?
There is so much to see and do in Westminster, many of which is taking photographs in front of iconic buildings, which of course is completely free. Here are a few more free things to see in Westminster.
Q. Are there many excursions to be had from Westminster?
Of course! There are so many options when it comes to travel around and out of Westminster that the number of excursions is probably the same amount that can be found in London altogether.
Within Westminster itself there are loads of tours to enjoy. Tours around Buckingham Palace, tours around the Palace of Westminster, tours around Westminster Abbey. To name a few.
Q. What are the most family friendly things to do in Westminster?
Practically everything already mentioned is family friendly. In fact, most of the things to do in Westminster are family friendly until you get to nighttime and find oneself in the Soho area of London.
However, even at night the nearby West End is where all of the family entertainment is. London’s theatre and musical district has family favourites such as School of Rock, Matilda, The Lion King and Wicked.
During the day, there’s many fascinating things to see and do too. Most of London’s major museums are free, there’s also the matter of being so close to Britain’s parliament, as well as the pomp and ceremony surrounding the Royal Family and their residences.
It’s difficult to walk more than a few yards in Westminster without coming across another attraction or must see landmark. These are some of the favourites.
As one might imagine, with such a large area incorporating so many places to visit and attracting so many tourists, there are a fair few places to eat in Westminster. These range from cheap and cheerful takeaways to some of the world’s finest restaurants.
Some of the restaurants in the West End specialise in high quality pre-show meals. Serving up feasts in an impressively quick time. Here are a few of the best overall:
London is one of the best places to shop in the world and, from a base in Westminster, shopaholics have their pick of the best shopping available in the capital. Here are a few examples of that.
One of the best connected places in London bar none. There are 27 tube stations in the City of Westminster and they cover 10 of the 11 tube lines in the capital. The only one missing is the Waterloo & City Line and that can be found a short distance away at Waterloo station. Tickets cost around £2 for one way.
The nearest tube stations to the Houses of Parliament and the Westminster area are:
The City of Westminster also has great links to Greater London and beyond, thanks to its mainline stations. These include:
The only constant about London weather is the rain, or the threat of rain. Anybody carrying raincoats and an umbrella with waterproof shoes can consider themselves well prepared.
The UK follows the same weather patterns as Western Europe in general but being that bit more exposed, as an island, the weather is a little bit more unpredictable.
Winters are cold, but not too cold on average, summers are warm, with the occasional very hot day. Warm nights in London are fairly rare.
Despite the weather, London in recent years has developed into a true city for all seasons. Perfect for a roof top bar in the summer, and ideal for a show indoors in the winter.