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City of Westminster
Westminster
Shown within Greater London
Official website http://www.westminster.gov.uk/
Geography
Status London borough
City (1540)
Area
— Total
Ranked 346th
21.48 km²
ONS code 00BK
Admin HQ Victoria
Demographics
Population
— Total (2005 est.)
Density
Ranked 44th (of 354)
244,400
11,378 / km²
Ethnicity 73.2% White
48.5% White British
3.7% Irish
21.0% all other white backgrounds
8.9% South Asian
7.4% African-Caribbean
2.2% Chinese
Politics
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Mayor Cllr Carolyn Keen
Executive Conservative
MPs Karen Buck (Lab)
Mark Field (Con)
London Assembly
— Member
West Central
Angie Bray (Con)

The City of Westminster (Listeni/ˈwɛstmɪnstər/ or /ˈwɛsmɪnstər/) is an Inner London borough which also holds city status. It occupies much of the central area of Greater London including most of the West End.

Aside from a number of large parks and open spaces, the population density of the district is high. Many sites commonly associated with London are in the borough, including St. James's Palace, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street.

The borough is divided into a number of localities including the ancient political district of Westminster around the Palace of Westminster; the shopping areas around Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly and Bond Street; and the night time entertainment district of Soho. Much of the borough is residential, and in 2008 it was estimated to have a population of 236,000.

Economy

The City of Westminster is home to a large number of companies. Many leading global corporations have chosen to establish their global or European headquarters in the City of Westminster. Mayfair and St. James's within the City of Westminster also have a large concentration of hedge fund and private equity funds. The West End is known as the Theatre District and is home to many of the leading performing arts businesses. Soho and its adjoining areas house a concentration of media and creative companies. Oxford Street is one of the leading shopping destinations in the world.

Landmarks

The City of Westminster contains many of the most famous sites in London. Some of the popular tourist sites are Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) which includes Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), and nearby Westminster Abbey.

Parks and open spaces

These include Green Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and St. James's Park.

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