King’s Cross to Westminster: things to do and getting there [Map]

Westminster is right at the top of the ‘Must-See’ list for just about every visitor to London. The home of British Democracy, here is where you will find the Palace of Westminster (better known as the Houses of Parliament), Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral to name just a few. Surely no visit to London could be considered complete without paying a visit to Elizabeth Tower, the iconic landmark which houses Big Ben, the world-famous bell?

It’s lucky for our visitors at Megaro that it’s so easy to get from our King’s Cross hotel to Westminster. When you don’t have to waste precious time in travelling it leaves you so much more time to chill and enjoy the experience of soaking up some history. And there’s a lot of history around Westminster!

Westminster Map: things to do

Map of things to do in Westminster

Take the train

Deep underground below King’s Cross St. Pancras Station you’ll find the Piccadilly Line trains heading south at five-minute intervals throughout the day. Change at Green Park for a southbound Jubilee line train which will take you to the beating heart of Westminster. The whole journey should take no more than 10-15 minutes and costs £2.

To find out more about travelling via the Tube head to our guide to London Underground: King’s Cross St. Pancras and beyond!

Take the bus

Hop on Number 91 bus at King’s Cross and you’ll be able to take in some sights as you go. Disembark at Trafalgar Square and you have a choice: head down the Mall for a spectacular view of Buckingham Palace, or proceed down Whitehall and see where the Prime Minister resides when in London.

From here it’s a short stroll to the Houses of Parliament. Buses run every ten minutes and tickets cost £2, although you can’t pay in cash. Buy your Travelzone ticket at the station, or purchase an Oyster Card which offers a more convenient way to pay. Try looking out for travel bargains before your trip; the Transport for London website offers various options for budget journeys.
You can get the full lowdown on our iconic red London buses by checking out our 8 step guide to mastering London buses from King’s Cross.

Take a cab

Take a ride in one of the iconic London black cabs for around £15. Or use the Uber app to find a cheaper method, with prices coming in at around £9.

Take a walk

If you’re not in a hurry and really want to soak up some authentic London atmosphere then take your time and have a stroll. Your journey will take you down through Covent Garden, where you can either head right along the Strand to Trafalgar Square, or make your way down to the Embankment, and walk upriver to Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.

The journey takes around 45 minutes if you keep a steady pace, but could take quite a bit longer if you get side-tracked. And you’re almost certain to; it’s hard to walk past the quirky shops and street entertainers of Covent Garden. To plan your trip, use our King’s Cross to Covent Garden: things to do and getting there [Map].

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Explore the area

If you’re in a walking mood, then it’s well worth taking the extra time to cross the river, either by Waterloo Bridge or one of the pedestrian-only Jubilee bridges adjacent to the railway bridge. Turn right and walk along the South Bank where you’ll find museums, entertainments and the London Eye (number 7 on our Westminster Map), with stunning views of the Houses of Parliament (number 1 on our Westminster Map) across the river.

County Hall, on the south bank, is the former offices of the Greater London Council (GLC), now converted into hotels, eateries and entertainment centres. Families with young children will find themselves almost irresistibly drawn to Shrek’s Adventure, an interactive adventure in the magical land of Far Far Away. Tickets are from £23.40 when booked online, and multi-attraction tickets are available for those with kids that need to Go Large with their entertainments.

Older children will drag you past the Shrek Adventure and straight towards the London Dungeon. Ticket prices start at £15.50 when booked online and for that price you can be scared witless by a number of gruesome waxworks and some scarily good actors in costume.

Or, for £18.80 you could head straight for the Sea-Life Centre next door and spend a rather less terrifying time watching sea creatures moving hypnotically through a series of underwater caverns. Which is a much more relaxing proposition all round really.

Another unmissable stop (but perhaps for the adults) is the Southbank Centre (number 8 on our Westminster map); Europe’s largest cultural arts centre and home to the Royal Festival Hall, British Film Institute and Hayward Gallery. Events and exhibitions run throughout the year, including outdoor festivals in the summer. The riverside is also second only to Covent Garden as a location to catch up and coming street and performance artists.

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If you’ve got a head for heights then you have a choice: The London Eye and the nearby Shard offer spectacular views across the entire city, and up to forty miles into the distance, depending on the weather conditions. An adult ticket for the London Eye starts at £19.35 for a thirty-minute ride, whilst a visit to the viewing floor of the Shard starts at around £25.

Once you’ve burned out on the incredible views, and you’ve explored the home of the British political system, you’ll probably be in need of some chill out time. Head towards Buckingham Palace (number 3 on our Westminster Map) and spend a little time kicking back in one of the Royal Parks that surround Buckingham Palace. Take a stroll around the lake at St James Park or head a little further on to explore the peaceful haven that is Green Park.

If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with good weather during your stay, why not check out more of London’s Royal Parks? For inspiration check out our guide to Hyde Park and London most relaxing green spaces.

You can find plenty of history on our doorstep in King’s Cross too, and our guide to 5 inspiring museums near King’s Cross has you covered.

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