Houses of Parliament

 
 
ADDRESS
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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FREE (Adult), FREE (Child) | Tours £11.70 (Adults), £7.80 (Concs), £4.80 (Children 5 to 15), £29.20 (Family)
 

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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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Houses of Parliament Guided ToursHouses of Parliament Guided ToursHouses of Parliament Guided ToursOne of the world's most iconic buildings is The Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament. Having started its life in the 11th Century, when Westminster Hall was used for meetings between the King and his Council, the Palace has now evolved into the home of a 21st century democratic Parliament. With a fire in 1834 destr18th December 2014Thursday 31st December 2015 Where:
Houses of Parliament,   Parliament Square  St Margaret's Street    SW1A 0AA
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Houses of Parliament Guided Tours
event > UNCLASSIFIED
DATES  3rd August 2009 to 31st December 2015
One of the world's most iconic buildings is The Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament. Having started its life in the 11th Century, when Westminster Hall was used for meetings between the King and his Council, the Palace has now evolved into the home of a 21st century democratic Parliament. With a fire in 1834 destr... More about this event
 
New Year's Eve Thames Boat PartyNew Year's Eve Thames Boat PartyCelebrate the birth of 2015 aboard the Golden Jubilee or the Golden Sunrise.31st December 2014Wednesday 31st December 2014 Where:
Houses of Parliament,   Parliament Square  St Margaret's Street    SW1A 0AA
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New Year's Eve Thames Boat Party
event > Clubbing and Nightlife > Dance - Disco
DATES  Wednesday 31st December 2014 - 9pm-2am
Celebrate the birth of 2015 aboard the Golden Jubilee or the Golden Sunrise.
 

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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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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 1 minute from Houses of Parliament
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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
St Margaret's Church, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
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London > Attractions > Museums
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London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A | 6 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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London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
County Hall, 5 Chicheley Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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London > Shopping > Books
119-120 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 9 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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London > Shopping > Books
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London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
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London > Restaurants > Afternoon Tea
Houses of Parliament, SW1A | Same location as Houses of Parliament
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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
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Dartmouth Street, SW1H | 6 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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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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The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 10 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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London > Business > Venue Hire
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London > Business > Venue Hire
Storey's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 4 minutes from Houses of Parliament
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Tours | Until 31st December 2015 

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Seasonal | Until 25th December 2014 

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Concerts | On 18th December 2014 

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

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Tenebrae Consort
Concerts | On 18th December 2014 

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

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La Soiree
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Theatre | Until 11th January 2015 

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Eyeskate
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Seasonal | Until 4th January 2015 

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Concerts | On 18th December 2014 

Primo Bar 7 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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Modern War Gardens: Paradise Lost
Exhibitions | Until 5th January 2015 

Garden Museum 7 minutes walk from Houses Of Parliament

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Exhibitions | Until 24th December 2014 

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Comedy | Until 27th December 2014 

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