Flights to Westminster
The city of Westminster is just one part of Central London, the UK’s capital, and Westminster itself contains many of London’s most famous attractions. The Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey are just three of the impressive landmarks you can see here.
As part of London, flights to Westminster are served by any of London’s major airports. The one that will provide the best choices and service would be Heathrow Airport (airport code: LHR). When coming from Johannesburg, you can get non-stop flights to Westminster on either British Airways or Virgin Atlantic that take just under 12 hours. With South African Airways, you will have a connection in Cairo, and a flight to Westminster with Lufthansa stops in Munich.
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The Tourist Attractions of Westminster:
Westminster is home to many of the most famous landmarks and attractions in London, and the UK. It’s an ancient settlement and its age is shown by the fact that Westminster has been the seat of the government of England for nearly 1,000 years.
The Palace of Westminster
With so many famous landmarks it’s hard to know where to start when visiting Westminster, but with its riverfront prominent location the Palace of Westminster is a good place to start. Along with Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church, Westminster Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace is home to the Parliament, and features the world famous ‘Big Ben’ clock tower. Though known as Big Ben, this is actually the name of the main bell within the clock tower.
Access and tours are restricted due to security but if you are a UK resident you can apply for a free tour through your MP. There are also some tours open to overseas visitors when Parliament is not in session.
Officially called The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, Westminster Abbey is a large and beautiful church that’s had a long association with the monarchy. It is here that coronations and burials take place. You can usually visit Westminster Abbey when events are not taking place and make sure you see the Westminster Abbey Museum which is housed within one of the oldest parts of the church.
The official residence of the British monarchy is the grand Buckingham Palace which dates from 1705 when a smaller townhouse was situated here. You can view the palace’s splendour from the outside at any time of the year or witness the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony between May and July, The palace State Rooms are open to the public between July and September but you’ll need to get w ticket in advance.
Museums in Westminster
Westminster is also home to some of London’s museums. The Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum are here for anyone interested in the wartime era, and there’s also the famous Tate Britain with its huge collection of art.
Other Landmarks in Westminster
In addition to those above you’ll also find numerous other famous landmarks in Westminster. There’s Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister, St Margaret’s Church, and Cleopatra’s Needle, to name just a few.
When Should You Visit?:
Like the rest of London Westminster has a mild climate and it’s warmest from May to September when average high temperatures range between 17C and nearly 23C. This is also the sunniest time of year while July is one of the driest months. Though cloudier winters are still mild and with less tourists this a be a good time to visit.