Transport links

The advantage of being in the thick of the action is the numerous transport options. Both Paddington and Victoria stations operate as hubs, making it more convenient  to get to and from the city. Almost all of the tube lines run through the borough, that is, if you can’t get there on foot. Whatever method of transit you do take however, expect it to always be crowded with tourists and professionals crossing the city.

Vibe, type of people who live there

Westminster is unique in the sense that because of its centrality and due to the fact that London is an international hub, you’ll mix and mingle with people from all over the globe. It’s difficult to pin down a specific vibe because each area is unique. The streets of Westminster and more specifically the residential areas are as impressive as you’d imagine and look exactly like what you’d expect affluent London to look like.

Leisure

If you like being in the heart of the action, Westminster is the place to be. You’ll never run out of shops, restaurants, and of course, tourist attractions to visit. With the scenic main streets and beautiful parks, it’s a very walkable area.

Why choose Westminster

Often overlooked for containing a large portion of London’s most expensive properties and not thinking of Westminster as a residential area, it’s not an obvious borough to start your search. However, if you’re determined to be in the thick of it, keep an open mind and you’re sure to find your own ‘little’ gem, even if that means living above a store.

 

While staying at a friend’s flat in Pimlico I quickly fell in love with the area and took the first room I found. Little did I know what I had on my doorstep and how convenient life would be.

Living in Pimlico basically means you’re neighbours with the queen and Hyde park is your backyard.  With Victoria coach and railway stations, including the Gatwick Express, as well as numerous buses, Westminster is one of the best connected areas of the city. Conveniently (and dangerously) minutes away from Oxford Street, you’ll be able find everything you need without having to venture very far. That goes for some of London’s best restaurants and nightlife in Soho and Covent Garden.

My top picks for getting pints are The Windsor Castle, your quintessential posh London pub, and The Marquis of Westminster, if you’re looking for more of a lively vibe. For grabbing a bite, head to About Thyme Restaurant for a taste of modern European dishes, and for brunch, Pimlico Fresh is the place to find your smashed avocado with whatever. For someone who enjoys scenic walks, this is the place for you, especially if you want to walk around the typically very busy tourist locations like the Palace of Westminster at off-peak times. Westminster is home to a variety of attractions and lucky for Pimlico, the Tate Britain is one of them. Museums may not be at the top of your list, but they do come in handy on those colder rainy days when you’re looking for a break from binge-watching.

Often overlooked for containing a large portion of London’s most expensive properties and not thinking of Westminster as a residential area, it’s not an obvious borough to start your search. However, if you’re determined to be in the thick of it, keep an open mind and you’re sure to find your own ‘little’ gem, even if that means living above a store.

Laura Clementson
Canadian Smartie

 

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