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Westminster, City of

inner borough of London, lying on the north bank of the River Thames at the heart of London's West End. The City of Westminster is flanked to the west by Kensington and Chelsea and to the east by the City of London. The City of Westminster was established as a borough in 1965 by the amalgamation of the boroughs of Westminster, Paddington, and St. Marylebone. It belongs to the historic county of Middlesex. It includes the districts and neighbourhoods of (roughly north to south) St. John's Wood, part of Maida Vale, Paddington, St. Marylebone, Bayswater, Soho, Mayfair, St. James, Knightsbridge (in part), South Kensington (in part), Westminster, and Pimlico. Between Victoria Station and Hyde Park lies Belgravia, part of the Grosvenor Estate. The Portland and Cavendish estates and the Crown Estate of Regent's Park are located farther north

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