City of Westminster MP3 Audio Walking Tours
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We have a 90-minute audio walk around the City of Westminster, which is available for £5, or can be bought together with our other three London tours for £12. All our walks include a map in PDF format, which you will find within the zip file that you download immediately after purchase. Audio files are standard MP3 format, suitable for use on iPods and other MP3-compatible devices.
Our London MP3 walking tour for the City of Westminster takes around 90 minutes to complete, and follows a route past some of the capital’s most famous landmarks:
Trafalgar Square; Downing Street; The London Eye; Big Ben; Houses of Parliament; Westminster Abbey; St James’s Park; Buckingham Palace; The Mall; St James’s Palace; The Royal Academy of Art; Piccadilly Circus; Leicester Square; and the National Portrait Gallery.
Zip file (includes PDF map): 25Mb
Audio length: 36:58 mins
Walking time: Min 90 mins
City of Westminster highlights
On our City of Westminster walk, you will hear about many of the city’s major historical highlights, including:
Begun in 1829, construction on Trafalgar Square continued through much of the mid-19th Century. It was built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, and the infamous landmark Nelson’s Column was added in 1842.
Built in 1745, Horse Guards is named after the equestrian troops who have been the reigning monarch’s lifeguard since the monarchy was restored in 1660. You can still see the Changing of the Guard here every day.
Home to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Downing Street is now protected by gates, following security fears in the late 1980s. Number 10 has been the residence of the Prime Minister since 1732.
Big Ben/Houses of Parliament
Big Ben actually refers to the 13-tonne bell housed in the bell tower, rather than the tower itself – our tour offers some theories as to how it got its name! The Houses of Parliament have been home to all parliamentary matters since the 14th Century, while Westminster Hall itself dates back to 11th Century.
The site of Westminster Abbey is that of a Saxon abbey, but most of the current building dates back to the 12th Century. It is the burial place of Edward the Confessor and the Unknown Warrior, among many others, and is also the place where British monarchs are crowned.
First occupied by Queen Victoria in the 1830s, Buckingham Palace was designed and built by architects John Nash and Edward Bloor. Look out for the flag that is flying to see if the Queen is ‘at home’ – if it’s the Union Jack, Her Royal Highness is not there
St James’s Palace
This is the senior palace of the sovereign and was built by Henry 8th. It is still used for Royal events – Diana Princess of Wales was laid in the chapel of rest here after her death in 1997.
Created in 1819, this famous London landmark saw London’s first traffic lights and is now home to the famous electronic advertisements, which first appeared in 1910. It’s also the place to see Eros, an aluminium structure built to commemorate Lord Shaftesbury, a famous London philanthropist.
The centre of entertainment for modern London,and the place to pick up cheap tickets for the theatre!