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 £133  42% 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
 
 
 
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Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 7 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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1 Addington Street, SE1 | 7 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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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
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Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 1 minute from Houses of Parliament
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St Margaret's Church
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St Margaret's Church, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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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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Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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Houses of Parliament, Smith Square, SW1P | 5 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 5 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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WH Smith
London > Shopping > Books
Westminister Underground Station, Bridge Street, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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London > Shopping > Health and Beauty
11 Bridge Street, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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London > Shopping > House and Garden
12 George Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 3 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A | Same location as Houses of Parliament
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1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1H | 5 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
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Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P | 4 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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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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Royal Opera: Il Trovatore
Concerts | Until 9th February 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Houses Of Parliament

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Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Houses Of Parliament

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Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Houses Of Parliament

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21 Slingsby Place 2 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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St Martin's Courtyard Christmas Lights
Seasonal | Until 31st December 2016 

St Martin's Courtyard 2 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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