The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, is one of the most recognised landmarks in London. As a result, it is on nearly all tourists’ to-do lists while visiting the city. There is a plethora of accommodation close by, most of which caters to those travelling on large budgets. Hotels near London Parliament are close to other main sights such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Jewel Tower, and many offer fantastic views of these famous sights and of the Thames River itself. Some of the city’s most famous hotels, which also happen to be among the most expensive hotels in the city, can be found within a few minutes’ walk of this renowned landmark. Those looking for budget accommodation will be hard pressed here, but those wishing to be right in Central London with its main sights, famous shopping streets and the theatre district at arm’s reach will find staying near the Houses of Parliament ideal.
The Houses of Parliament is a fabulous Gothic-style edifice sitting on the north bank of the River Thames. It is crowned by the landmark Big Ben clock tower and is the seat of the UK government. The House of Commons and the House of Lords are contained within the complex. Visitors can watch debates from the public galleries.
Guided tours lead tourists through the Queen's Robing Room, the Royal Gallery and St Stephen's and Westminster halls. The Parliamentary Archives are also open to the public. The building hosts various exhibitions which change on a regular basis.
The Houses of Parliament is located in Westminster and is a familiar London landmark, home to the Clock Tower which houses Big Ben. A light above the clock signifies the sitting of House of Commons.
The Houses of Parliament is a 900 years old Gothic building, which has more than 1,000 rooms and more than 1.5 miles of passages.
The guided tour lasts approximately 75 minutes, starting in the Queen's Robing Room then proceeding to the Royal Gallery and Prince's Chamber, the rooms used by the House of Lords and the House of Commons, and ending in St. Stephen's Hall and Westminster Hall.
Notice the deep red furniture and ornate decoration of the House of Lords as compared to the more common green and plain interiors in the House of Commons. Visitors might be surprised to see how modern the building despite its age.
Visitors can plan to attend a debate in both the Houses by visiting the public galleries when the Parliament is meeting. For more info about the timings of the House of Common sessions, please visit http://www.parliament.uk/directories/hcio/gallery.cfm.
For visitors looking to stay near the Houses of Parliament should try the Quality Crown Hotel Hyde Park.
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