Westminster Community

Centre of Government

In residential terms Westminster can be defined as the triangle between the river Thames, Vauxhall Bridge Road and Victoria Street. It is a district of enormous architectural importance spanning many centuries and to wander through its small winding streets around Smith Square (the likes of Barton Street, Gayfere Street, Great College Street and Old Pye Street) is a history lesson in itself.


The main residential area, south of Horeseferry Road, can be identified by the large red brick mansion blocks of the Millbank and Grosvenor Estates. The Millbank Estate was built at the turn of the century on the site of the notorious Millbank Prison, just behind the Tate Gallery, and the Grosvenor Estate followed soon after.These are ex-local authority flats but are ever popular with investors and homeowners for their prime central local and reasonable prices.


At the opposite end of the scale is Vincent Square, a haven like no other; a picturesque open space of playing fields surrounded by mature plane trees belonging to the Westminster upper school with its own traditional cricket pavilion looking most out of place in front of the metropolitan backdrop. Many of the buildings surrounding the square have now been converted or replaced by impressive developments of quality flats and apartments and it must now figure highly as one of the most desirable residential locations in the capital.

– The current City of Westminster was created in 1965. Before that it was the Metropolitan Borough of Westminster and had city status.
– Westminster has more than 11,000 listed buildings of architectural and historic interest.
– The earliest surviving blue plaque in the UK is in King Street, St James’s, Westminster. It was erected in 1867 and commemorates Napoleon III.
– The last beer flood in Westminster was 200 years ago in 1814 when a beer vat burst in Tottenham Court Road and nine people were drowned. (What a way to go!)