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PARLIAMENT AND THE CROWN
Both a municipality and a borough, the City of Westminster is home to British government entities and amazing sights in key areas: Paddington, St. James, Soho, Westminster, and Whitehall.
The affluent neighborhood of Bayswater is west of Paddington, both bordered to the south by Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, adjoined green spaces adjacent to Green Park. The Heathrow Express provides direct access to the London Heathrow terminals from Paddington Station.
St. James nestles between Green Park and St. James’s Park, bordered by the Mall. This thoroughfare creates a visual link between Buckingham Palace and the Admiralty Arch, through which is Trafalgar Square. To the north of St. James, Soho has a concentration of dining, nightlife near Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, and shopping along the streets of Oxford and Bond.
Westminster, bordered by St. James’s Park to the north, sits along the Thames River and houses the seat of the British government. Whitehall, which passes the Horse Guards, connects Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament to Trafalgar Square—where we visited the National Gallery. Continuing to the adjacent National Portrait Gallery leads to Leicester Square, where the only Official London Theater TKTS office sells 1/2-price show tickets.