West End

Welcome to West End! West End is situated in the east of Westminster bordered by Marylebone High Street to the north, Knightsbridge and Belgravia to the west and St. James' to the south.

The world-famous West End is known as the Theatre District and is home to many of the leading performing arts businesses. Mayfair (to the west of the ward) has London's largest concentration of luxury hotels and many restaurants. Rents are among the highest in London and the world. Soho and its adjoining areas house a concentration of media and creative companies, whilst Oxford Street is one of the leading shopping destinations in the world.

If you have a story or know any local history about West End, or if you have recently found a hidden gem, share with your neighbours in the 'your stories' tab below!

Welcome to West End! West End is situated in the east of Westminster bordered by Marylebone High Street to the north, Knightsbridge and Belgravia to the west and St. James' to the south.

The world-famous West End is known as the Theatre District and is home to many of the leading performing arts businesses. Mayfair (to the west of the ward) has London's largest concentration of luxury hotels and many restaurants. Rents are among the highest in London and the world. Soho and its adjoining areas house a concentration of media and creative companies, whilst Oxford Street is one of the leading shopping destinations in the world.

If you have a story or know any local history about West End, or if you have recently found a hidden gem, share with your neighbours in the 'your stories' tab below!

  • Your Priorities for West End

    by Catherine, over 3 years ago

    Have you got an idea that could improve your local area? Is there a big issue you think we should all be talking about? What would make you more proud of the area you live or work in?

    We want to hear about your priorities so we can work together to achieve something great for your area.

    For example, if a priority is helping adults and young people into work, we can discuss together how to make services more visible in your area. If a priority is improved environment (plants, art, seating), residents and ward councillors can discuss the use of ward budgets. If a priority is to support and provide social activities for elderly people, we could take ideas forward together.

    Start the right conversations by clicking here and and letting us know what your top three priorities are and why.

    Have you got an idea that could improve your local area? Is there a big issue you think we should all be talking about? What would make you more proud of the area you live or work in?

    We want to hear about your priorities so we can work together to achieve something great for your area.

    For example, if a priority is helping adults and young people into work, we can discuss together how to make services more visible in your area. If a priority is improved environment (plants, art, seating), residents and ward councillors can discuss the use of ward budgets. If a priority is to support and provide social activities for elderly people, we could take ideas forward together.

    Start the right conversations by clicking here and and letting us know what your top three priorities are and why.

  • Ward Budget Projects in West End

    by Catherine, over 3 years ago

    Ward budgets are a dedicated and flexible resource with which to address specific local issues and priorities.

    Local councillors have been given an annual budget since April 2008 to spend on local projects in their wards, from 1 April 2014 this is £46,000 per ward per year. The budgets are intended to enable councillors to address local issues and priorities that matter most to residents. This could range from improving the local environment with new trees, flowers or improved paving, to purchasing new equipment for the local sports club, or funding activities for older residents.

    See below for recent projects.

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    Ward budgets are a dedicated and flexible resource with which to address specific local issues and priorities.

    Local councillors have been given an annual budget since April 2008 to spend on local projects in their wards, from 1 April 2014 this is £46,000 per ward per year. The budgets are intended to enable councillors to address local issues and priorities that matter most to residents. This could range from improving the local environment with new trees, flowers or improved paving, to purchasing new equipment for the local sports club, or funding activities for older residents.

    See below for recent projects.


    Continuing from 2014-15


    Mail-outs

    Provider: FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum; Cost: £2,000

    The FitzWest neighbourhood group is in the process of setting itself up to formally take forward the neighbourhood plan for Fitzrovia West. Ward funding has been used to fund mail-outs to ensure that all residents and business rate-payers in the area are well informed about the process and given every opportunity to get involved.


    Berwick Street Means Business

    Provider: The Soho Society; Contribution: £2,000

    To lessen the impact of road works on business in Berwick Street in Soho, ward members have contributed funding for marketing materials.


    Young Playwrights Programme (COMPLETED)

    Provider: Soho Theatre; Contribution: £2,901

    West End pupils were given the opportunity to write their own plays and then see them performed on the stage at Soho Theatre by real actors.


    Spirit in the City

    Provider: West End Churches; Contribution: £1,823

    The annual Spirit in the City festival’s venue costs were met by the St James’s and West End wards.


    Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum

    Provider: Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum; Contribution: £2,000

    To help the Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum to establish itself as part of the neighbourhood plan for the area, councillors have made a contribution to the group’s running costs.



    2015-16



    Soho Summer Fete

    Provider: Soho Society; Contribution: £2,000

    Soho Society’s annual fair took place in July with support from the West End ward budget.


    B
    reathe Easy

    Provider: Breathe Easy; Contribution: £70

    Specialist tutor-lead singing sessions for residents with respiratory issues has been funded through the ward budget.


    Time to Sing

    Provider: Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association; Contribution: £2,000

    Community singing has been provided thanks to the Marylebone High Street and West End ward budgets.


    Fitzrovia Chapel

    Provider: Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation; Contribution: £5,000

    The chapel’s refurbishment will take place this summer.



    For more information on these projects please contact Janis Best at jbest@westminster.gov.uk