Westminster will hold an Olympic Torch evening celebration event on Thursday 26 July.
Find more information about timings and tickets on the What’s on events listing.
The location for every Coronation since 1066 and the Royal Wedding in 2011, Westminster is one of the busiest and most important areas in the whole of London.
It has the largest concentration of top visitor attractions in the capital, including landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.
The National Gallery and the Tate Modern are just two of the art galleries which attracts visitors in their millions, while Madam Tussauds is a big hit with tourists.
As well as world-famous attractions, there are plenty of open spaces where visitors can relax and unwind. Four of London’s Royal Parks can be found in Westminster: Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James’s Park.
It is estimated that over 95% of visitors to London visit Westminster, no doubt attracted by its 39 theatres, 29 cinemas and 3,700 restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars. The area is also home to Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bonds Street, making Westminster a shopper’s paradise.
Very much at the heart of the city, around 30 per cent of London’s hotels and guesthouses are located in Westminster, and these cater for some of the 25 million visitors to the capital every year.
40,000 businesses and 160 international company headquarters are based in Westminster, providing employment for 600,000 people.
See the Olympic Torch Relay map
Size: 22 square kilometres
Places of Interest
- Houses of Parliament
- Big Ben
- Westminster Abbey
- Buckingham Palace
- St. James’s Palace
- Royal Parks
- Oxford Circus and Regent’s Street
- Piccadilly Circus
- Trafalgar Square
- Leicester Square
- West End Theatres
- Churchill War Rooms
- Covent Garden
- Marble Arch
- Westminster Cathedral