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London Boroughs: Westminster

west.jpgWestminster, or the City of Westminster, is where the average tourist will spend a lot of their stay. It’s estimated that 95% of London’s 30 million annual visitors will come through the borough at least once.

Looking at the map its not hard to see why: covering an area from Covent Garden, Soho and Regent’s Park in the east to Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Bayswater and Kilburn in the west, Westminster’s attractions include the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and most of London’s top shopping areas.

Here are some of the key facts and figures on the makeup of the City of Westminster.

Area: 8.51 sq.miles
Population: 222,000 – 55.8% born in the UK
49% White British
21% White European
9% Asian
7% Black
4% Irish
2% Chinese
55.1% Christian
11.8% Muslim
4.3% Jewish
1.9% Hindu
1.3% Buddhist
Approx 19,500 school pupils in 54 schools.
65.2% of pupils in Westminster’s schools speak a first language other than English.
Miscellaneous facts
38% of land used residentially.
120 parks and open spaces.
3,600 premises with a licence to sell liquor.
2,037 streets, 221 miles of road
Average road speed 10mph

Westminster Wards
Abbey Road, Maida Vale, Harrow Road, Queens Park, Regent’s Park, Church Street, Little Venice, WestBourne, Bayswater, Lancaster Gate, Hyde Park, Bryanston and Dorset Square, Marylebone High Street, West End, Knightsbridge and Belgravia, St James’s, Vincent Square, Warwick, Tachbrook, Churchill.