Westminster is the center of London. Highly touristy and filled with hotels, most people tend not to think of this as a place to live, but rather a place to visit. Nonetheless, this 1 square kilometer (.6 sq mi) neighborhood has a full-time population of over 200,000 which balloons with tourists during summer.
Surprisingly, however, living here isn’t nearly as expensive as in some other parts of London. And the council tax is one of the lowest in the country (which is nice if you own a home). Most of the apartments that you’ll find are converted period houses, though there are a few purpose-built apartment buildings as well, with more on the way.
One of the biggest benefits of living in Westminster is it's in the center of it all. There are plenty of options for bars, restaurants, shopping, and transportation. The area is served by 27 tube stations, multiple bus lines, tons of taxis, and even bike rentals, which means wherever you want to go, you’ll have no shortage of options to get there.
The population in Westminster is relatively transient: people come here to live when they are young singles or couples and then they move on when it is time to start a family.
The City: 2.7 miles / 15-25 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 5.8 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit
Southwark: 3 miles / 15-30 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 4.1 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 35-40 minutes by transit / 2530 minutes by bike
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