Central Hall

Dome of the Methodist Central Hall

Classical style Methodist Hall, built in 1912 of white Portland stone and covered with finely sculptured figures. Its dome is the third largest in London. The building is used for concerts and meetings and can comfortably seat 2000. Wesley's Cafe, located in the lower ground floor, is a perfect little oasis and escape from the city, a place to enjoy either light refreshments or a traditional British meal.

Cafe opening times: Mon - Fri, 8am - 4pm; wknds, 9am - 4pm
Location: Storey's Gate, Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH
Tel: 020 7222 8010 - Website

Institute of Contemporary Arts

Located on The Mall. The institute holds exhibitions of works by international contemporary artists and new British painters, experimental theatre and art films, plus talks and conferences.

Opening times: daily (exc. Mondays) from 11 am - Small Admission Charge
Location: The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH - Website

Mall Galleries

Galleries of the Federation of British Artists, housed in Carlton House Terrace. New work is exhibited by member art societies such as the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

Opening times: Daily, 10am – 5pm during exhibitions - Most Exhibitions are Free
Location: The Mall, London, SW1 - Tel: 020 7930 6844 - Website

Tate Britain

Tate BritainKey national art gallery, containing the greatest display of British artworks from the Tudor period to the present day. Funded by the sugar magnate, Sir Henry Tate, in 1897, it houses two main collections: the historic British Collection with paintings dating from the 16th-c onwards, and a 12th-c collection, with works by Matisse, Miro and Picasso. However, the gallery is best known for its magnificent collection of Turner oils and watercolours, donated by him on condition that they are always kept together.

Also on display are works by renowned artists such as Blake, Gainsborough, Gaugin, Hockney, Hogarth, Reynolds, Rodin and Van Gogh.

Opening times: all year, daily 10am to 6pm (closed Xmas) - Free Entry (except special exhibitions)
Location: Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG - Tel: 020 7887 8888 - Website

Victoria Palace Theatre

Originally built as a hotel in 1911 and later converted to a small theatre. It has been home to many classic long running hit shows, such as 'Me and My Girl' and 'The Crazy Gang'. More recently is has be host to 'Fame', 'Kiss Me Kate', 'Grease' and now 'Billy Elliot the Musical'.

Show times: Mon to Sat at 7:30pm, matinees on Thur & Sat at 2:30pm - Admission Charge
Location: Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 5EA - Box Office: 0844 248 5000 - Website

Parks and Open Spaces in Westminster

Green Park

Leafy shades of Green ParkAs the name suggests, this royal park is a pleasant expanses of greenery, crossed by shaded, tree lined, pathways. It was laid-out by Charles II in the late 17th-c as an extension of St James's Park, and links up with Hyde Park in the northwest.

Constitution Hill, which runs along the edge of Green Park, is where Charles II once took his daily constitutional walks, hence its name.

Parliament Square

churchill statue in parliament squareLaid out in 1868 by Sir Charles Barry, the square is a large grassed area to the northwest of The Houses of Parliament.

A number of statues have been erected here in honour of many important figures in the history of the House of Commons, including Canning, Churchill, Disraeli, Peel and Richard the Lionheart.

The square is also a traditional area for the holding of political demonstrations and protests.

St James's Park

Fountain in St James Park London

A variety of wildfowl, including coots, ducks, grebes, geese and even white pelicans reside in London's oldest royal park. The park covers some 90 acres of native trees, lawns, gardens and meandering pathways. It as first laid-out in 1532 by Henry VIII but later relandscaped to its current format by John Nash in the 1920s. Birdcage Walk, along the southern edge of the park, was originally lined with bird cages in the reign of Charles II, hence its name. Duck island, in the middle of the lake, is a nature reserve and home to over 20 species of waterfowl.

The modern bridge over lake was added in 1950s and provides picturesque views of Buckingham Palace and Whitehall and has been featured in many films. The whole area is a popular lunchtime venue for Westminster office workers and musicians can be heard playing in the bandstand during the summer months.

Victoria Embankment

A popular Thames-side promenade, which follows the river from Westminster to Blackfriars. Benches edged with sphinxes and lamp posts decorated with dolphins and line its route. A number of landmark statues can be seen along the embankment, including Cleopatra's Needle, Queen Boudieca, Robert Burns and Brunel.

Victoria Tower Gardens

Small triangle of gardens, located just behind the Houses of Parliament, alongside the Thames. An unusual Gothic-Revival style drinking fountain sits in the centre and there are statues of Emmeline Pankhurst (English Suffragette) and 'The Burghers of Calais' by Rodin.

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