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LiFE in Westminster

Tags: london

Published on: Feb. 27, 2017, 5:17 p.m.
Updated on: Jan. 15, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

Whenever London is featured in foreign film, it tends to show Westminster, with the golden Houses of Parliament glistening in the Thames beneath —even if it is sometimes being destroyed by aliens. Westminster is also the site of the famous Beatles Abbey Road album cover, the place where Paddington Bear was found and where Joey Tribbiani met Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey (‘That’s Fergie, baby!’). But it is also the locations featured off-screen that make it such an exciting place to live.

Night owls regularly swoop into Westminster. A must-see is the London Sky Bar, located in the Millbank Tower. Pinks and purples illuminate the room as DJs play the most exclusive tracks. With drinks aplenty and a view to add something extra special to the experience, you are guaranteed a great night. If that wasn’t enough, The Escape Games are situated in the same building. Race against the clock to solve clues and puzzles to escape creatively themed rooms—just don’t forget to get your picture at the end! Another favourite is The Cinnamon Club, a historic library turned Indian restaurant that has retained its charm. Exquisite cuisine amongst rows and rows of books? Well, Plato did say that, ‘Knowledge is the food of the soul’.

For you early birds, we recommend going to Westminster’s beautiful and well-kept parks. Standing on The Blue Bridge in St. James’s Park allows views of the park’s Lake, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, as well as the surrounding greenery and wildlife (including pelicans). Hyde Park allows roller-blading, skateboarding and cycling on all roads and even incorporates specifically designed cycle tracks. It hosts a great music festival too called British Summer Time.

Besides the culture, Westminster’s central location also makes it desirable. Oxford Circus and Victoria Station are only 10 minutes from Westminster tube station, while Heathrow and London City Airport are 40 and 35 minutes away respectively. Landmarks such as Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery and The National Gallery are also nearby. For the artists among you, definitely check out the free events at the latter, which include regular ‘Talk and Draws’ and ‘Sketchbook Tours’.

So though the government has to make difficult decisions in the Houses of Parliament, you won’t be stuck for choice for things to do in Westminster. From the lesser-known adventures to the most famous of landmarks, LiFE is buzzing wherever you go.

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