Houses of Parliament  

 
 
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Parliament Square, Westminster, St Margaret's Street, London SW1A 0AA
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Times apply to the House of Commons main chamber. Westminster Hall: Mon & Tue 9am-12noon, Wed 9am-9.20am & 9.25am-12noon, Fri 3.30pm-5pm. Prime Minister's Question Time: Wed from 12noon
 
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Houses of ParliamentNow 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 the courts of law as well as shops and stalls selling legal equipment - wigs and pens. Following a fire in 1512, Henry VIII abandoned the Palace and it has been home to the two seats of Parliament - the Commons and the Lords - ever since. Yet another disastrous fire in 1834 destroyed everything except Westminster Hall and the Jewel Tower. A competition to redevelop the whole site was won by Sir Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin who came upwith the mock Gothic building that has become such a familiar landmarktoday and includes Big Ben (the bell that chimes on the hour) and the largest clock face in the country. Members of the public can watch debates when Parliament is in session - you don't need tickets in advance but may have to queue. To watch Prime Minister's Question Time (Wed 12noon, when Parliament is sitting) it's advisable to get tickets in advance.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

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

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
18 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
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 £181  28% off
22-28 Broadway, SW1H | 7 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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 £119  40% off
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 7 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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  25% off
1 Addington Street, SE1 | 7 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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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Big Ben
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Parliament Square, St Margaret Street, Westminster, London SW1A | Same location as Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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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St Margaret's Church
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
St Margaret's Church, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from Houses of Parliament
Standing between Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, St Margaret's Church is commonly called "the parish church of the House of Commons". A fine 16th ... More
 
 
 
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Westminster Bridge
London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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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Shakespeare Within The Abbey
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 25th, 26th and 27th April 2019 at 6.30pm and 8.30pm
Houses of Parliament, Dean's Yard, SW1P | 3 minutes from Houses of Parliament
As the audience walks around the sacred space, a company of 22 actors brings to life Shakespeare's drama, poetry, dance and song to mark The Bard's ...More
 
 
 
On Soon
London Handel Orchestra
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Monday 29th April 2019 - 7.30pm
Houses of Parliament, Smith Square, SW1P | 5 minutes from Houses of Parliament
Laurence Cummings conducts the orchestra and London Handel Singers to perform Handel's Athalia, with Anna Devin performing the titular character....More
 
 
 
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Witness For The Prosecution
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 6th October 2017 to 29th March 2020
Houses of Parliament, Belvedere Road, SE1 | 6 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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Crockatt and Powell
London > Shopping > Books
119-120 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 9 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
London College Of Communication
London > Education > Professional Training
Elephant & Castle, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 | 21 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Garden Museum
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Lambeth Palace Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Two Chairmen Public House
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London SW1H | 6 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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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Houses of Parliament clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Bassoon Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 8 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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 Houses of Parliament
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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Friday At The Boat Show Comedy Club
Comedy | On 26th April 2019 

Tattershall Castle 9 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

Barry Ferns comperes Eshaan Akbar, Kate Lucas and Jarlath Regan....More

Philharmonia Orchestra
Concerts | On 26th April 2019 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

Alan Titchmarsh introduces the orchestra and the City Of London Choir as they perform great English classics including Vaughan Williams's ...More

The Puppini Sisters & The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Concerts | On 26th April 2019 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

The close-harmony trio joins forces with the UK's premier dance band to perform ballroom and Latin classics including Dancing Queen, ...More

Variety Club 4 Kids
Variety Club 4 Kids
Theatre | Until 8th June 2019 

Underbelly Festival 10 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

Award-winning cabaret star Mat Ricardo and Comedy Club 4 Kids join forces to bring his critically-acclaimed variety shows back to ...More

 
Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion
Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion
Exhibitions | Until 6th May 2019 

The Hayward Gallery 11 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

Addressing issues of colonialism, domination and politics, leading international artist Kader Attia explores the ways in which Western societies represent ...More

 
Brandenburg Sinfonia
Concerts | On 26th April 2019 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 12 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

Harpsichordist Ben Giddens directs Mozart's Divertimento In D, Pachelbel's Canon In D, Purcell's Chaconne, Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Vivaldi's ...More

More Than Muses: A Feminist Guide To Art History
Exhibitions | Until 5th July 2019 

National Gallery 13 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

Exhibitions & Art, Painting....More

Chopin & Champagne By Candlelight
Concerts | On 26th April 2019 

1901 Arts Club 13 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

Before and after dinner, pianist Warren Mailley-Smith plays a one-hour programme of Chopin including Ballade No 3 In A Flat, ...More

Only Fools And Horses: The Musical
Only Fools And Horses: The Musical
Theatre | Until 22nd June 2019 

Haymarket Theatre Royal 13 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan bring John Sullivan's much-loved sitcom to the London stage with Only Fools and Horses The ...More

 
Where Is Peter Rabbit'
Theatre | Until 28th April 2019 

Haymarket Theatre Royal 13 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

Sheila Carter directs and choreographs a musical adventure based on the original tales of Beatrix Potter, devised by Roger Glossop ...More

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Underbelly Festival

The Australian duo, Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood, present a darkly comic show, sharing tales of love and women, gin and secrets....More

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Underbelly Festival

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Half Moon Young People's Theatre

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Maxine Peake stars in this adaptation of Julia Leigh's book, which follows the journey one ...More

 
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Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

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