Westminster: A Short Guide
The City of Westminster is a city and borough in Inner London that forms the core part of Central London. It sits on the north bank of the Thames, and includes St John’s Wood, part of Maida Vale, Paddington, Marylebone, Soho, Mayfair, St James, part of Kensington and South Kensington, Westminster and Pimlico.
The history of Westminster
Originally, the area was an island sat above the ill-drained Thames marshes which showed evidence of early Roman settlement. The development of this district began with the building of Westminster Abbey, which was constructed by Edward the Confessor between 1042 and 1052 on a site named Thorney Island. The church is the traditional place for royal burials and coronations, and has hosted many royal weddings, including the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011.
Fast forward to 1965, and the City of Westminster was officially created upon the establishment of Greater London. Home to some of the finest and most historically important buildings in England, Westminster is one of the most recognisable and prestigious parts of the capital. Royal and government buildings such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Downing Street are all prominent landmarks.
A booming borough
Westminster boasts a rich cultural heritage and is home to over 255,000 residents. It’s also highly diverse, representing over 180 nationalities.
The borough is the country’s leading entertainment and retail district, offering large shopping centres, hundreds of hotels and restaurants, and many tourist attractions. As of 2018, there were 55,398 businesses registered in Westminster, and this number is likely to have increased since. Naturally, Westminster is visited by residents, commuters and tourists, and tonnes of waste is generated every year as a result.
Consequently, Bywaters will have more waste management responsibilities and challenges to face in order to effectively and sustainably manage and dispose of commercial waste in Westminster. We cater to businesses of all sizes, so it doesn’t matter if you’re an independent coffee shop fuelling commuters or a big city block in the city, we can offer the right waste solution.
Westminster is home to many famous attractions that welcome millions of tourists every year. You’ll find renowned museums such as the V&A, The National Gallery and Tate Britain, as well as popular areas like Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and the night-time entertainment district Soho. There’s a wide range of independent, luxury and retail shops too, as well as plenty of restaurants and bars, all of which create large amounts of waste for our team to sort and manage.