Whitehall

Whitehall, London: Address, Whitehall Reviews: 4.5/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks
Top ways to experience Whitehall
The area
Neighborhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 6 min walk
  • Embankment • 6 min walk
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,073 contributions
A Cradle Of British History
Feb 2020
We were lucky enough to spend a few days in London before the initial lockdown. Still busy with visitors as you can see from the picture. Whitehall is very much in the centre of British history with Downing Street, Horse Guards, The Banqueting House all running off the main thoroughfare, additionally at one end is the Houses of Parliament , at the otherTrafalgar Square. It is no wonder it is so popular.
Written January 29, 2021
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Historic centre of Government
Nov 2020 • Solo
Once the site of a royal palace of which only the Banqueting House remains, Whitehall is the ceremonial route - albeit spoilt by traffic- from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square and Parliament.

As well as being home to many Government departments (though one building is now being converted into a luxury hotel) along with historic buildings such as Banqueting House, Horse Guards (still guarded during lockdown 2) and Dover House (London HQ of the Scotland Office), Whitehall has many statues - mainly linked to the army - plus the Cenotaph and, most recent of all, a memorial to the contribution of Women of World War II, sculpted by John W Mills and unveiled in 2005.
Written November 25, 2020
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richnez
Leicestershire, UK2 contributions
Whitehall, generous & welcoming!
Apr 2020
Well what can I say...

Grand venture to the Whitehall residence. Superb service, A smile from start to finish, staff a true delight and a day I would highly recommend to families up and down our country.

A huge thankyou to all and i especially to the gentleman who kindly gave me £316 to suck my own toe.
Written April 3, 2020
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
history above my head, modern day security concerns around me
Aug 2019
I was on my way from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. Whitehall offered an interesting walk between the two.

Lots of history and faded power here. Buildings on a grand scale, each representing an arm of government. Just reading the brass plaques on each building gave me a sense of being at the centre of things. Ministries change their names an cross-amalgamate from time to time but this good, solid architecture goes on and on. No wonder the scale and faded grandeur feel like a by-gone age.

But all that is above street level. The experience of being there is very different. Pickpockets, heavily armed police, security barriers, crowds. Not very pleasant, really. No real puching and shoving but enough unpleasant things to focus my attention away from the setting I was in and onto my own safety.

It was an interesting walk but I would not like to do it again.
Written March 24, 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,092 contributions
Spend some time exploring
Mar 2020 • Friends
We saw this first from a hop on hop off bus but then stopped to admire the street which has so much of interest which starts at Trafalgar Square. We did the war rooms whilst in the area, but it's filled with plenty of statues too.
Written March 17, 2020
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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,401 contributions
Amazing Area
Sep 2019
One of the best streets in London - from Trafalgar Square, past gorgeous historic/government buildings and tourist shops. There is so much happening in this area. The Royal Horse Guards add to the atmosphere before you get close to Buckingham Palace.
Written February 13, 2020
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK1,486 contributions
A walk down Whitehall
Jan 2020 • Couples
A damp walk through the heart of government from Trafalgar Square past the cabinet office, ministry for Scotland, Downing Street, war rooms etc. A lot of history along the road and worth spending some time taking It in but preferably not on a day when it is raining
Written January 31, 2020
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Janet C
Stockport, UK1,966 contributions
Impressive
Nov 2019 • Solo
Really get a feeling that you are in the very centre of government. Impressive buildings housing government headquarters. Take a walk down this impressive road and absorb the history
Written January 5, 2020
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Laurent L
Poissy, France542 contributions
Changing the Guard
Dec 2019 • Family
Good place to see the Royal Horse-guards changing, much closer than in Buckingham. At 16.00 sharp, an officer is checking the Guards.
Written December 30, 2019
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David
Oxford, UK1,052 contributions
The heart of Government.
Dec 2019 • Solo
The street of Whitehall is the beating heart of the government of the United Kingdom. Government departments have their HQs here, with others on adjoining Street. The PMs residence is just off this street.

On many occasions you will catch some protest, small or large!

A must visit!
Written December 15, 2019
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