Westminster vs. West End

May 21st, 2008, 04:19 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 37
Westminster vs. West End

Can anyone enlighten me about current usage of the designations West End and Westminster? Although I know that Westminster officially comprises a big chunk of Central London, I think of it as being more specifically right around the Abbey...and the West End farther north, where the theaters are. But the terms seem to be interchangeable on a number of maps. Anyone know what Londoners really mean by these terms? Thank you very much!
Jonnofor is offline  
May 21st, 2008, 04:38 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 19,728
I understand West End as roughly from Charing Cross Road/Tottenham Court Road west as far as Hyde Park and south as far as St James's Park, and Westminster as south of St James's Park/Trafalgar Square, and west as far as Lambeth Bridge.

The local government entity, the City of Westminster, covers both of these areas.

PatrickLondon is offline  
May 21st, 2008, 04:39 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 12,582
Westminster means three things.

Firstly it is the name of the local authority for central london - so covers the majority of the well known sites.

Secondly it is used for the area around the Abbey and Parliament.

And thirdly it is shorthand for the political wing of government.

You can usually tell from context which meaning is which.
Cholmondley_Warner is offline  
May 21st, 2008, 05:26 AM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 37
Thank you both very much.
Jonnofor is offline  
May 21st, 2008, 08:31 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 19,881
Westminster is a city within London, as such it have rather specific boundaries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Westminster

It includes a portion of the West End
alanRow is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:04 PM.