Westminster City Council wants to create a ‘City for All’ with a supportive and safe environment and a place to retire into a community. We’re here to be a part of it, shape the future of mobility and create a more flexible lifestyle for you. With car sharing, you don’t need to own a car, and with DriveNow you don’t need to pre-book a car days or weeks in advance – it’s all done at the touch of a button in the app! Let’s see what you can do with DriveNow in Westminster… First, our parking guidelines are slightly different in Westminster to the rest of the DriveNow Zone. Park for free in any pay and display bay, but you cannot end your rental or use Park & Keep in bays that are ‘Resident Permit Holders Only’ at any time. This includes some ‘Dual-use bays’ where parking is for ‘Resident Permit Holders Only’ at certain times. What to see and do? (dynamic map) Royal Parks
There are 8 Royal Parks in London - a total of 5,000 acres of green space. Five of these Royal Parks are located in Westminster. Surrounded by landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall, enjoy a relaxing stroll around the lake in St James’s Park or check out the World War memorials at Green Park. Head to the famous Hyde Park for boating or simply let the world go by reading a book in a cafe. There are playgrounds for the kids to let off steam in Kensington Gardens and they’ll definitely love the huge pirate ship. Visit Regent’s Park to find beautiful roses in Queen Mary’s Gardens and walk up Primrose Hill for a sunset picnic with stunning views of London’s skyline! More outdoor activities
Get your family out of the house and spend the day at London Zoo, the world’s oldest scientific zoo which opened in 1828. Meet over 750 different species, watch their feeding sessions or experience the zoo at night! Not far from here you’ll find Little Venice, ideal for a stroll and dining in cute waterside cafes and charming restaurants. Fancy a walk around Waterloo? Visit the Southbank Centre Book Market on Queen’s Walk and browse second hand and antique classics, prints, comics and maps! Street food
We love street food and foodie destinations keep popping up, including in Westminster. Take a DriveNow to enjoy a lunch break with traditional food from one of the concept traders at Rupert Street Market, right in the middle of Soho! If you’re located closer to Victoria check out Strutton Ground Market. Goodge Place Market in Fitzrovia is another tiny food market and to find even more than food head to Church Street Market in Lisson Grove! If you get hungry during a shopping trip at one of Westminster’s famous spots and want a seat, check out Kingly Court food heaven in Carnaby or Neal’s Yard around Covent Garden - full of tasty restaurants. Sightseeing
Westminster is pretty iconic for sightseeing attractions, from Big Ben and Westminster Abbey (minus the scaffolding!), to the London Eye and up to Buckingham Palace. Indoor activities
Westminster offers a range of museums and exhibitions – and most of them are free! Take your kids to the Science Museum for incredible scientific achievements or visit the famous Natural History Museum next door. More interested in art and design? Tate Britain is home to British art from 1545 till present and Victoria & Albert is known as the world’s leading museum of art and design. Around Trafalgar Square you’ll find two more museums worth a visit - The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. Or step back in time and discover the impressive Churchill War Rooms that lead you beneath the streets of Westminster to the secret bunker where Churchill directed the Second World War. In the evening
As a city that never really sleeps, there’s always something fun going on. Westminster’s hip area Soho is home to many pubs and bars. Planning a night out? Park your DriveNow nearby for free in any pay and display bay, then take public transport home. Visit a show or musicals in theatres around West End and Victoria, or listen to the best musicians at Royal Albert Hall. Fancy listening to music during your lunchtime? Head to the Royal Academy of Music for their Friday Series! Explore other London Boroughs in the DriveNow Zone:
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Guide to Barnet
Guide to Brent
Guide to Southwark