Westminster Hall

 
 
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Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A0AA 
 

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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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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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Hotels near Westminster Hall

Near Westminster Hall
London Marriott Hotel County Hall
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £163  21% off
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 6 minutes from Westminster Hall
A simply unbeatable location for anyone who loves to keep themselves busy. London's County Hall is at the heart of the South Bank, surrounded by theatres, ... More
 
 
 
Conrad London St. James
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £199  35% 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 £80  39% 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
 
 
 
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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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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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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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Sights and Attractions near Westminster Hall

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 to the ... More
 
 
 
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Whitehall
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Westminster Hall
Whitehall is a historic London street with runs from Parliament Square at Westminster to Trafalgar Square. The street is recognised as the centre of the British ... More
 
 
 
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Events near Westminster Hall

Near Westminster Hall
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London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th December 2014 to 9th May 2015
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 10 minutes from Westminster Hall
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: 30th March to 12th April 2015
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 14 minutes from Westminster Hall
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English National Ballet: The Nutcracker
London > Events > Dance  Dates: 11th December 2014 to 4th January 2015
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 14 minutes from Westminster Hall
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Near Westminster Hall
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St John's Smith Square
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 5 minutes from Westminster Hall
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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
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The Vaults
London > Entertainment >
Leake Street, SE1 | 8 minutes from Westminster Hall
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Shopping near Westminster Hall

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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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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Greensmiths Market
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
27 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 11 minutes from Westminster Hall
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Restaurants near Westminster Hall

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Houses of Parliament - Afternoon Tea
London > Restaurants > Afternoon Tea
Houses of Parliament, 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, SW1P | 3 minutes from Westminster Hall
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Education near Westminster Hall

Near Westminster Hall
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 23 minutes from Westminster Hall
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Career Energy
London > Education > Careers Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 27 minutes from Westminster Hall
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Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, W1W | 27 minutes from Westminster Hall
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Westminster Hall gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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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
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London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 9 minutes from Westminster Hall
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Pubs near Westminster Hall

The best pubs near London Westminster Hall.
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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, 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, SW1A | 9 minutes from Westminster Hall
Gastropub... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall 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 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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Rockwell
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 10 minutes from Westminster Hall
Hotel bar on Trafalgar Square with public roof terrace. This bar is all about location, location, location. Just a few steps from Nelson's Column, the Trafalgar Hotel ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Westminster Hall

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Westminster Hall.
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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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Liszt, Chopin And Bach
Concerts | On 26th October 2014 

St John's Smith Square 5 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

Performance of the music of Liszt, Bach and Chopin plus Adam Gyorgy's own composition, A Day In New York featuring ...More

The London Eye Witch Academy
The London Eye Witch Academy
Kids Events | Until 1st November 2014 

London Eye 7 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

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Free Live Jazz Night
Concerts | On 26th October 2014 

Primo Bar 7 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

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FUNharmonics: The Toad and the Snail
Concerts | On 26th October 2014 

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall 10 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

CBeebies' Chris Jarvis presents the London Philharmonic Orchestra FUNharmonics performing Roald Dahl's The Toad and the Snail, a musical event ...More

Mozart Requiem
Concerts | On 26th October 2014 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

The English Chamber Orchestra, The Bach Choir, pianist Jayson Gilham, soprano Anna Devin, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, tenor Joshua Mills and ...More

Dylan Thomas Centenary Gala
Exhibitions | On 26th October 2014 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

The Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia literary festival presents a centenary celebration in music and words. They mark 100 years since ...More

London Philharmonic Orchestra Funharmonics: Concerts For The All The Famil
Kids Events | On 26th October 2014 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

Classical concert for families....More

Under The Arches
Theatre | On 26th October 2014 

Charing Cross Theatre 11 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

Chairman Mr Johnny Dennis is your host, for an evening of laughter, music and fun, evoking times of music hall ...More

Diwali Festival
Kids Events | Until 31st October 2014 

Trafalgar Square 11 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

Celebrate the festival of lights with music and dance entertainment....More

William Hazlitt: Through The Eyes Of A Critic
Exhibitions | Until 5th April 2015 

Tate Britain 12 minutes walk from Westminster Hall

This display looks at works by artists including Joshua Reynolds, David Wilkie and JMW Turner through the eyes of the ...More

 
 
 
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