There can’t be any more iconic building in London than the Houses of Parliament (or as it was originally known the Palace of Westminster). On the banks of the Thames in central London is this imposing building and tall clock tower, Big Ben. You may not be interested in the daily goings on of our governments workplace but the heritage and history and stories of the place are fascinating.
Every Saturday there are expert guided tours of Parliament where you can see inside for yourself this fascinating building. Tours last 75 minutes and start by following the route taken by The Queen at the State Opening of Parliament; from The Queen’s Robing Room, through the Royal Gallery and Prince’s Chamber, into the majestic Lords Chamber. They move on through Central Lobby, Members’ Lobby and one of the voting lobbies before entering the Commons Chamber, scene of many lively debates.
Passing through St Stephen’s Hall, the tours end in Westminster Hall, a place where many historic trials have taken place and where Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama have addressed Parliament in more recent years.
A popular add-on is afternoon tea, which can be taken in the elegant Pugin Room in the House of Commons with views over the River Thames.
For more information and prices, see the Parliament website.
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