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Westminster HallNow more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster began life in 1042 as a royal residence under Edward the Confessor. The major structure to survive various fires, Westminster Hall was built between 1087 and 1100 and is one of the largest medieval halls in Europe with an unsupported hammerbeam roof. During the 14th century the Hall housed shops and stalls selling wigs, pens and other legal equipment. The courts of law also met there. Constructed in the eleventh century, its ancient timbers now occasionally form a suitable backdrop for a range of special concerts. Following a fire in 1512, Henry VIII decided to abandon the Palace and from this moment onwards it became home to the two seats of Parliament - the Commons and the Lords. Thomas More, Charles I, and those accused of trying to blow-up Parliament (1605), were all tried in Westminster Hall. The Hall suffered from yet another disastrous fire in 1834 when everything was lost except Westminster Hall and the Jewel Tower. A competition was launched to redevelop the whole site. Sir Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin were responsible for the mock Gothic building that has become such a familiar landmark today and home to both the Clock Tower that houses Big Ben (the bell that chimes on the hour) and the largest clock face in the country.

 

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Westminster Tube Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
St James's Park Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
18 minutes walk
 
 
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Q-Park Westminster
 
4 minutes walk
 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
10 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Conrad London St. James
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £186  39% off
22-28 Broadway, SW1H | 7 minutes from Westminster Hall
With Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, St James's Park and the Thames all on its doorstep, Conrad London St. James is the ideal option for ... More
 
 
 
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £99  40% off
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 7 minutes from Westminster Hall
The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is a modern, design-led hotel a short walk from some of the city's most iconic attractions, such as Big Ben and ... More
 
 
 
Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £99  30% off
1 Addington Street, SE1 | 7 minutes from Westminster Hall
Close to Waterloo, the 4 star Park Plaza is - as the name suggests - just behind County Hall. Near to the Thames, it's also convenient ... More
 
 
 
 
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Houses of Parliament
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Parliament Square, St Margaret's Street, Westminster, London SW1A | Same location as Westminster Hall
Now more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster began life in 1042 as a royal residence under Edward the Confessor. The ... More
 
 
 
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Big Ben
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Parliament Square, St Margaret Street, Westminster, London SW1A | Same location as Westminster Hall
Sir Charles Barry sought advice from Benjamin Lewis Vuillamy - clockmaker to the Queen - and Augustus Pugin when it came to designing the clock ... More
 
 
 
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House of Lords
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 1 minute from Westminster Hall
The Upper House of the British Parliament, the House of Lords is part of the Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament. ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Westminster Hall
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Westminster Bridge
London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Westminster Hall
Westminster Bridge lies on the Thames between the Houses of Parliament and County Hall with the delights of the Southbank Centre and the National Theatre beyond. ... More
 
 
 
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Churchill War Rooms
London > Attractions > Museums
Clive Steps, King Charles Street, Westminster, London SW1A | 5 minutes from Westminster Hall
Winston Churchill directed the troops during World War II from a small warren of underground rooms, which are now open to the public. Visitors ... More
 
 
 
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Downing Street
London > Attractions >
Downing Street, SW1A | 6 minutes from Westminster Hall
Best known for the house at no. 10, Downing Street is at the heart of Westminster and British politics. Closed to members of the public, the ... More
 
 
 
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Civil Service Choir
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Thursday 23rd January 2020 - 1.05pm
Westminster Hall, Smith Square, SW1P | 5 minutes from Westminster Hall
Stephen Hall conducts excerpts from Bach's Christmas Oratorio....More
 
 
 
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Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Tuesday 28th January 2020 - 7.30pm
Westminster Hall, Smith Square, SW1P | 5 minutes from Westminster Hall
James Blair conducts Glazunov's Carnival Overture, Medtner's Piano Concerto No 2 In C Minor with Alexander Karpeyev and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5 In E Minor....More
 
 
 
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Witness For The Prosecution
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 6th October 2017 to 13th September 2020
Westminster Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 | 6 minutes from Westminster Hall
Set the Debating Chamber of London's County Hall - a room which resembles a courtroom in every way - Lucy Bailey's site-specific staging of Agatha Christie's ...More
 
 
 
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St John's Smith Square
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 5 minutes from Westminster Hall
Situated in the heart of Westminster, this stunning 18th century church was designed by architect Thomas Archer and completed in 1728. It is considered one of ... More
 
 
 
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The Slug And Lettuce
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
County Hall, 5 Chicheley Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Westminster Hall
Situated in the heart of London at Southbank, and right in front of tourists' favourite the London Eye, The Slug and Lettuce is the perfect place ... More
 
 
 
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The Vaults
London > Entertainment >
10 Leake Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Westminster Hall
The Vaults under Waterloo are an intriguing venue that play host to a number of underground events. Prime among them is the annual ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near Westminster Hall
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Crockatt and Powell
London > Shopping > Books
119-120 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 9 minutes from Westminster Hall
If you hate the commercial, branded feel of mega bookshops like Waterstones and Borders this one's a treat. Crockatt and Powell is an independent bookshop that ... More
 
 
 
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Vintage Vauxhall Antiques Market
London > Shopping > Markets
The Workshop, Lambeth High Street, SE1 | 10 minutes from Westminster Hall
On the second Saturday of the month Vintage Vauxhall brings together collective of dealers specialising in vintage, antiques, architectural reclamation as well ... More
 
 
 
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Foyles Royal Festival Hall
London > Shopping > Books
Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | 10 minutes from Westminster Hall
The family-run Foyles book shop has been in the book selling business since 1906. Around 30,000 books are stocked at this branch on a broad range ... More
 
 
 
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Houses of Parliament - Afternoon Tea
London > Restaurants > Afternoon Tea
Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A | Same location as Westminster Hall
Enjoy afternoon tea in one of the world's most iconic buildings, The Palace of Westminster. More commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, the palace's history ... More
 
 
 
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Caffe Nero
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
1-2 Bridge Street, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Westminster Hall
Nero is probably the best of the Capital’s coffee shop chains. Offers a wide range of authentic Italian coffee in a pleasant relaxed environment. Snacks include ... More
 
 
 
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The Cellarium Cafe and Terrace
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
20 Dean's Yard, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London SW1P | 3 minutes from Westminster Hall
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 16 minutes from Westminster Hall
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 18 minutes from Westminster Hall
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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London College Of Communication
London > Education > Professional Training
Elephant & Castle, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 | 21 minutes from Westminster Hall
From a clutch of excellent courses in London, this is the best and among the premier specialist media courses in the world. Formerly London College of ... More
 
 
 
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Westminster Hall
Fancy detoxing in the building where the Greater London Council used to run the city? The Spa at the London Marriott County ... More
 
 
 
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Jubilee Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
3 Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Westminster Hall
The concrete promenade along the South Bank greatly benefits from this large patch of green grass for striders, strollers and sightseers to relax on. Not ... More
 
 
 
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Garden Museum
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Lambeth Palace Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Westminster Hall
Adjacent to Lambeth Palace on the banks of the River Thames , the Garden Museum provides an insight into the ... More
 
 
 
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Red Lion Pub
London > Nightlife > Pubs
48 Parliament Street, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Westminster Hall
Right across the street from the Houses of Parliament, the Red Lion is perfectly positioned for politicos to pop in for a pint after a heated ... More
 
 
 
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Two Chairmen Public House
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London SW1H | 6 minutes from Westminster Hall
Two minutes away from Parliament Square and the Cabinet warm rooms, the Two Chairmen Public House is an olde worlde pub that retains a number of ... More
 
 
 
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The Clarence
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 9 minutes from Westminster Hall
Just a hundred yards from Trafalgar Square, the MOD and the Horse Guard's Parade, The Clarence has an undeniably impressive location that attracts both locals and ... More
 
 
 
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Bassoon Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 8 minutes from Westminster Hall
The cocktails in the Bassoon Bar are very good, expensive, yes, but very, very good. Not only that but the bar has a piano which is ... More
 
 
 
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The Tapster
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
3 Brewers Green, Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 9 minutes from Westminster Hall
Wine Bar ... More
 
 
 
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Walkers Of Whitehall
London > Nightlife > Bars
15 Craig's Court, St James's, London SW1A | 10 minutes from Westminster Hall
Built in 1694 on Craig's Court, just south of Trafalgar Square, Walkers of Whitehall was originally ... More
 
 
 
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Westminster Abbey
London > Business > Venue Hire
Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 3 minutes from Westminster Hall
Conference facilities can accommodate for up to 1100 people.... More
 
 
 
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The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P | 4 minutes from Westminster Hall
Seven floors of purpose-built meeting space in the heart of Westminster, the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC) is a well known permanent conference space situated ... More
 
 
 
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Central Hall Westminster
London > Business > Venue Hire
Storey's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 4 minutes from Westminster Hall
Central London's largest conference and events venue has welcomed an array of illustrious speakers through the ages - including Gandhi, Churchill and the Prince of Wales. ... More
 
 
 

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Witness For The Prosecution
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The Debating Chamber, County Hall 6 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

Set the Debating Chamber of London's County Hall - a room which resembles a courtroom in every way - Lucy ...More

 
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Garden Museum 7 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

Discover the secret history of London's Royal Parks this winter with a new exhibition at the Garden Museum. Through the ...More

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Trafalgar Studios 9 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

Following a critically acclaimed West End run last year, Kevin Elyot's Coming Clean returns to the Trafalgar Studios this January ...More

 
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Trafalgar Studios 9 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

Covering race, class, gender and sexual orientation, A Taste of Honey was a great defining and taboo-breaking play of the ...More

 
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Theatre | Until 29th February 2020 

Playhouse Theatre 10 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

James McAvoy returns to the West End starring as the soldier and poet with a nose as huge as his ...More

 
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Concerts | On 22nd January 2020 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

Thierry Fischer conducts Debussy's Prelude A L'apres-Midi D'un Faune, Varese's Octandre For 8 Instruments, Grisey's Periodes For 7 Instruments from ...More

Anima
Dance | Until 23rd January 2020 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

Joli Vyann explores the simple act of breathing in all its forms as performers are pushed to the limits of ...More

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Exhibitions | Until 26th January 2020 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

A comprehensive survey of the artist's work from early paintings and drawings to the iconic black-and-white works of the 1960s, ...More

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London International Mime Festival 2020
Theatre | Until 2nd February 2020 

Various Venues London 10 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

It's all about action at the London International Mime Festival, championing cutting edge circus, physical theatre and live art. Back ...More

 
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Exhibitions | Until 27th June 2020 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 11 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

Featuring costumes from Follies and Antony and Cleopatra, Costume at the National Theatre shows just some of the exquisite outfits ...More

 

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