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Westminster is an area of Central London, within the City of Westminster, England. It lies on the north bank of the River Thames, southwest of the City of London and southwest of Charing Cross. It has a large concentration of London's historic and prestigious landmarks and visitor attractions, including Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Historic counties of England a part of Middlesex, the name ''Westminster'' was the ancient description for the area around Westminster Abbey -the West Minster (church), or monastery church, that gave the area its name - which has been seat of government of the Governance of England (and later the Her Majesty's Government) for almost a thousand years. Westminster is the location of the Palace of Westminster, a World Heritage Site which houses the Parliament of the United Kingdom.