“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Built around Edward the Confessor's glittering abbey, the City of Westminster is home to London's noblest mansions, finest purveyors of food and hospitality, the Royal Academy of Art and the Unesco Heritage-listed Houses of Parliament. The Queen resides here at Buckingham Palace, and her velvet green lawns graciously merge with Green Park and pretty St. James' Park. Back in the area's 18th century heyday, essayist Samuel Johnson and painter William Hogarth frequented the private clubs that cluster around Pall Mall. Today many gentlemen's suppliers, tailors and barbers still operate on Jermyn St.