Houses of Parliament  

 
 
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Parliament Square, Westminster, St Margaret's Street, London SW1A 0AA
 
 
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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 £174  32% 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 £110  24% 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 £91  42% 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
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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
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Westminster Bridge
London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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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
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Downing Street, SW1A | 6 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Wednesday 21st February 2018 - 7.30pm
Houses of Parliament, Smith Square, SW1P | 5 minutes from Houses of Parliament
John Bowley conducts Haydn's Missa Brevis, 'Little Organ Mass', plus Mozart's Litaniae Lauretanae, Ave Verum and Symphony No 29, with Greshams Schola Cantorum and National Youth ...More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 6th October 2017 to 11th March 2018
Houses of Parliament, Belvedere Road, SE1 | 6 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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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
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10 Leake Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from 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
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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
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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
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Caffe Nero
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
1-2 Bridge Street, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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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
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Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 16 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 18 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
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Red Lion Pub
London > Nightlife > Pubs
48 Parliament Street, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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Two Chairmen Public House
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39 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London SW1H | 6 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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The Clarence
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53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 9 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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Bassoon Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 8 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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3 Brewers Green, Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 9 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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15 Craig's Court, St James's, London SW1A | 10 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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Westminster Abbey
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Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 3 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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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
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Central Hall Westminster
London > Business > Venue Hire
Storey's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 4 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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Septura
Concerts | On 20th February 2018 

St John's Smith Square 5 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

The group performs Debussy's Preludes and Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition....More

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Theatre | Until 11th March 2018 

The Debating Chamber, County Hall 6 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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Theatre | Until 18th March 2018 

The Vaults, Arch 233 8 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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Kids Events | Until 4th March 2018 

The Vaults, Arch 233 8 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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Theatre | Until 18th March 2018 

The Vaults, Arch 233 8 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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Exhibitions | Until 3rd March 2018 

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Exhibitions | Until 25th February 2018 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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ABBA: Super Troupers
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Exhibitions | Until 29th April 2018 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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Exhibitions | Until 22nd April 2018 

The Hayward Gallery 11 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London
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Exhibitions | Until 7th May 2018 

Tate Britain 12 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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