Tourist walk – Westminster – The seat of power !
So, you’ve just landed in our wonderful city and you fancy taking a stroll around some of the more well known parts London. The places we all see on the cover of tourist guide books and posters advertising London. This is a part of London we all know well if you’ve ever watched James Bond 007 or any of the many movies set in London.
This is Westminster !
Meeting at one of London’s mainline railway stations,built on an industrial canal in the 19th century, we’ll head first to one of London’s more overshadowed Cathedrals. Westminster Cathedral is a huge byzantine style structure serving as the HQ of the Catholic religion in the UK.
Winding our way through a few back alleys only locals know, we’ll arrive at unquestionably the most famous house in the world, Buckingham Palace. Continually being updated the house is has been here for around 250 years and it was only when Victoria made it her home that it really became the London residence of the Royals. Just before we stroll across London’s oldest park, St James’s, I’ll show you an older Royal Palace in St James’s Palace, dating from the early 16th century and is the most senior Royal palace in the UK.
Crossing the lake we’ll head down to the most famous Abbey in the UK. The seat of all Kings and Queens upon coronation. There has been a church here for over 1,000 years and some parts are still in evidence that date back 700 years. It is truly an awe inspiring structure.
I’ll take you off the beaten track for a bit, showing you the grounds of Westminster School, one of the most exclusive schools in the UK and parts of it conjure up ideas of the Harry Potter saga. On exit of the school grounds an amazing panoramic opens up in front of you, with the walker receiving views of Parliament and the House of Lords that are unrivalled.
Scraping the river edge we’ll take in views of the London Eye, The Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) and learn something about the ‘new, old, New Scotland Yard’… confusing ! Down a backstreet and we appear in the heart of the political district directly opposite Downing Street, home and London office of the Prime Minister. The history and power that protrudes from this area is astonishing to behold. Once the seat of the largest Empire the world has ever known, for good and of course dubious, to say the least !
After taking some pictures of the Household Cavalry Guards on Horse guards, the group will meander round the back of Whitehall, crossing the vast Parade grounds and finally finishing up at Trafalgar Square, the piazza, plaza built in celebration of Nelson’s and the British victory over Napoleon’s French and Spanish armies.
So come and join Ade on the quintessential London Tourist walk, that also takes you to a few places less seen by visitors to London.
This walk is perfect for groups of tourists, English students and teenagers from abroad studying at schools in the UK. I’m extremely experienced in this field. If you are a school or group, please contact me and we can discuss group discounts etc.
Take a stroll with Ade, a qualified London Borough Guide
‘Enthusing the enthusiastic’