Victoria is an informal area of inner city London, lying wholly within the City of Westminster, and named after Victoria of the United Kingdom.
The area is vaguely defined as the streets around, and named after Victoria Station, including Victoria Street, the northern section of Buckingham Palace Road, Wilton Road, Grosvenor Gardens, Bressenden Place and Eccleston Street. The district consists predominantly of commercial property and social housing, with offices and shops lining most of the thoroughfares.
Westminster is a city in its own right, the twin to the ancient City of London further east and historically they jointly formed the focus of what is today reffered to as London. The Palace of Westminster came to be the principal royal residence after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, and later housed the developing Parliament and law courts of England. The neighbouring Westminster Abbey became the traditional venue of the coronation of England regents.
Westminster has therefore been the seat of royal, and later parliamentary, government and power for 900 years. As a result, many of its attractions are of an historical and cultural variety. Westminster very much retains a bustling, modern feel as the centre of British government and is often used as shorthand for Parliament and the political community (including the elected Government) of the United Kingdom generally.