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London Borough of the City of Westminster
Shown within Greater London
Status London borough
— Total
Ranked 346th
21.48 km²
ONS code 00BK
Admin HQ Victoria
— Total (2005 est.)
Ranked 44th (of 354)
11,378 / km²
Ethnicity 73.2% White
8.9% South Asian
7.4% Afro-Caribbean
2.2% Chinese
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Mayor Cllr Tim Joiner
Executive Conservative
MPs Karen Buck (Lab)
Mark Field (Con)
London Assembly
— Member
West Central
Angie Bray (Con)
Coat of Arms
Official website

The City of Westminster is a London borough with city status, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. It forms part of Inner London, and the bulk of London's central area.

The city contains most of London's West End, as well as the permanent headquarters of the United Kingdom's government, with the Palace of Westminster, Whitehall, and the Royal Courts of Justice.

In 1965 the London borough was created from the abolished Metropolitan Borough of St. Marylebone, Metropolitan Borough of Paddington and smaller City of Westminster. The current London borough covers a far greater area than the original settlement of Westminster.


[edit] Demographics and Politics

According to the 2001 census the borough had a population of 181,279. Westminster City Council undertook several studies which have shown higher populations as part of a campaign (supported by both political parties on the council) to have the population estimate raised, which would increase its grant from the United Kingdom Government. The Office for National Statistics eventually came to an agreement which added 17,500 people to Westminster's population. While the official population is now 198,779, more realistic estimates put it at 220,000. 73% of the population are White, 4% Black African and 3% Indian. 35% of households are owner-occupiers.

The City of Westminster is divided into 20 wards. The council is composed of 48 Conservative Party members and 12 Labour Party members.

The Council is renowned for its infamous "homes for votes" scandal. See Shirley Porter for information on the illegal "Building stable communities" exercise of the 1980s.

One of two sphinxes at the base of Cleopatra's Needle (London). The scars that disfigure the pedestal of this sphynx were caused by fragments of a World War I bomb dropped in the roadway close to this spot, in the first air raid on London by German aeroplanes a few minutes before midnight on Tuesday 4 September 1917
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St. James's Park Lake, looking east, with the London Eye in the background
The Shaftesbury Memorial in Piccadilly Circus, surmounted by The Angel of Christian Charity (popularly referred to as Eros), one of the first statues to be cast in aluminium
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The cosmopolitan shopping street of Westbourne Grove in Bayswater
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Little Venice is centred on the Grand Union Canal

[edit] Districts

The City of Westminster covers all or part of the following areas of London.

[edit] Locations and landmarks

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[edit] Parks and open spaces

[edit] Areas

[edit] Roads, streets & squares

[edit] Transport

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[edit] Education

Westminster Education Department operates many primary and secondary schools. In addition, several voluntary-aided Church of England, Roman Catholic, and Christian non-denominational schools are in the city [1].

Two community secondary schools, Pimlico School and Quintin Kynaston School, are in Westminster.

[edit] Individuals

See also List of people buried at Westminster Abbey.

[edit] See also

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