It’s time for part two of our Mayfair Attractions Series on nearby historical landmarks. Last time we looked at the history of Buckingham Palace, and today we delve into the intriguing history of Westminster.
Once a small island on the marshy banks of the Thames, Westminster is now one of London’s top visitor spots with prestigious landmarks and fascinating political history.
Over a thousand years ago, what is now Downing Street was occupied by wealthy Anglo-Saxons who built a small church which became known as ‘west minster’. For nearly 600 years the church was a Benedictine monastery, until Henry VIII split from Rome.
Today’s Parliament Square used to be the plateau of Thorney island, whilst the nearby streets of Storey’s Gate, Great Smith Street and Great College Street follow the courses of steams which flowed round the island.
Westminster is the heart of the city’s political history and tourists come from far and wide to see the magnificent Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey.
Westminster is just a short way from Flemings. You can either hop on the Jubilee Line at Green Park for one stop, or a pleasant walk through Green Park and St James’s Park will take about 20 minutes.
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