Westminster is a must-visit on any London trip, especially if you’re only in the capital for a short stay. When you emerge from Westminster station, you’re smack-bang in the middle of British culture and heritage. Over the road are the Houses of Parliament, where, for better or worse, politicians decide the direction of our country. Big Ben stands proudly above Parliament, announcing the time as it has done for over 150 years.
Then, just up the road, you’ll find Downing Street, home to our Prime Minister. Big iron gates and beefy security prevent you from knocking on, but if you stand and watch you’ll usually see the comings-and-goings of government figures, journalists, and foreign emissaries. Westminster Abbey is nearby, too. This has been a mainstay in English history for over a thousand years - truly remarkable, and truly humbling to visit.
And, there are tons of places to grab a bite to eat. From street vendors selling quick snacks, right through to Michelin-star restaurants owned by the world’s top chefs. For the aspiring foodie, a trip to Westminster means the opportunity to dine in style. Here are our favourites.
58 Great Peter St
Pizza, pasta, and wine. If there’s any better combination, we don’t want to know about it. This unassuming eatery prides itself on delicious pizza, authentic pasta, and all the other trappings of a memorable Italian-inspired meal. Rocking a perfect five-star rating on TripAdvisor, Mio caters to all tastes. Meat lovers will be sated by various forms of Italian sausage, while the vegans amongst you can enjoy specially-created recipes to meet your requirements.
76 Vincent Square
If you’re a foodie, Vincent Rooms needs to be on your radar. All the food here is cooked by highly-trained students, meaning it’s the perfect place to spot up-and-coming talent. And what’s more, income from the restaurant goes back into the culinary school, so you’re investing directly in their future. The Escoffier room - named after famous chef Auguste Escoffier - offers a different tasting menu each week, where the creativity and competence of catering students is put to the test.
The Brasserie offers a more traditional dining experience, and the menu boasts many ingredients that are smoked on-site. The Vincent Rooms offer dining experiences to suit any palette.
17-19 Regency Street
This greasy spoon went from humble origins to become the fifth most popular place to eat in London in 2016 - a huge achievement. Unimposing from the outside but unforgettable on the inside, you’ll enjoy traditional British cafe fare cooked to a highly delicious standard. A proper Full English is a quintessential part of our country’s heritage, and we heartily recommend it to any visitor.
The decor is original - dating back to the 1940s - and you may very well see film crews on your visit: The restaurant has been used as a location for many famous TV shows over the years.
54 Buckingham Gate
Another British cultural staple is the afternoon tea: Delicate dainties presenting an explosion of different flavours, washed down with our nation’s favourite drink. There really is nothing like it, and Kona makes a world-class contribution to the genre. Their rotating selection of themed afternoon teas put novel and innovative twists on this beloved tradition. Alice’s Queen of Hearts Afternoon Tea combines the magic of Wonderland with the quaintness of the experience. The Jasmine Indian Afternoon Tea brings British and Indian cuisine into beautiful harmony. Take a look at their website and see which teas are on offer during your visit - you won’t regret it.
60 Horseferry Road
This cafe and restaurant has built a solid reputation over the years for providing real, honest cooking. You’ll enjoy a welcoming local atmosphere, hospitable staff, and a good plate of food. And really, what more do you want from a restaurant? The location is fairly chilled, nestled neatly between Westminster and Pimlico. Reviewers a quick to note the generously-sized portions, and the comfort food that’s to be found on the menu. And with 4.5 stars from 330 reviews, they must be doing something right.
43 Buckingham Palace Road
If you want South African cuisine in a space characterised by modern twist on colonial decor, then Bbar is catered exactly to your needs. Think cocktails, quality burgers, and thematic links to safari and big game. A distinct and novel restaurant with food served at a calibre that matches the ambience. The location is striking, too: Opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, just a short walk from Westminster.
7. Caxton Grill
2 Caxton Street
Alexander Boyd replaced Masterchef runner-up Adam Handling as head chef in 2016, providing a succession of world-class culinary talent at the helm of Caxton Grill. This high-end eatery is guaranteed to impress, with a modern twist on classic cooking, and fresh ingredients sourced directly from their rooftop kitchen garden. Themes of provenance and sustainability pervade the entire menu, meaning a delicious plate of food (or several) that won’t weigh heavy on your conscience.
All of these fine eateries are just a short walk from Pimlico, home to Dolphin Square. Our apartments are the perfect base for young people moving to London, whether for work, study, or leisure.
Not only are you plugged directly into the city’s transport network, you’re also within walking distance of some world-class restaurants. You really can’t go wrong with an apartment at Dolphin Square. Let us show you what we mean: Book a viewing today.