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Built in 1097, Westminster Hall is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. This hall is the oldest remnant part of the former Palace of Westminster and has witnessed several key social and cultural ceremonies attended by distinguished personalities. This building sports a neo-gothic style architecture and is extremely huge with very high ceilings. An architectural marvel, today this is a premier venue for parliamentary functions and events.
The history of Britain is mostly written, or rather scripted, by nobility, and it is at the House of Lords that one can truly get a deeper understanding of how Britain came to be what it is today. The House of Lords is the upper house, and constitutes over 700 members. The roots of "the Lords", as the House of Lords is referred to, can be found in the royal council given to the great Kings and Queens of England. A visit here is a must for those who are really interested in history. For more information please see the website.
Westminster Abbey is regarded as a Gothic architectural masterpiece. It has been the venue for most of the country's coronations and for numerous other royal occasions. At present, it is still a church dedicated to regular worship and to the celebration of great events in the nation. Westminster Abbey features the final resting places or commemorations of a large number of famous poets, scientists, musicians, artists, authors and more. It is one of London's most visited attractions. On Sundays it is open only for worship.
For over 900 years this impressive assemblage of Gothic buildings has been the home of British government. The building covers an area of eight acres (3.23 hectares) and consists of 1100 rooms, 100 staircases and 11 courtyards. The House of Lords occupies the southern end of the building while the House of Commons occupies the area to the north. The best view of this massive expanse can be seen from nearby Parliament Square. Within the Houses of Parliament there is Westminster Hall, the Crypt Church, Members' Lobbies, the Commons Library and the Peers Library. The tower containing Big Ben looms just outside. To attend PMQ (Prime Minister's Question Time) in the House of Commons, UK citizens need to contact their local MP in advance. Otherwise, there is a line at St Stephen's entrance.
Big Ben is the name of the clock inside the famous tower that also forms part of the Houses of Parliament. Its impressive mechanism weighs in at over 13.5 tons, and the pendulum, which beats once every two seconds, is 13 feet (4 meters) long and weighs 690 pounds. The clock was named Big Ben after the First Commissioner of Works, and since 1885 a light above it has been lit while the House of Commons is in session. Residents can schedule a time to climb the clock tower. Unfortunately, non-citizens are not permitted to climb the clock tower.
You won't want to forget your camera when you head off on one of these cruises. A fleet of 15 boats provides sightseeing trips that run daily between London's four main destination piers, Westminster, Waterloo, Tower, and Greenwich. Some of the other things you'll catch a glimpse of as you make your way down the Thames are the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's, Tower Bridge and the Millennium Dome. There is also the London Showboat, which makes for a memorable night on the water with dancing, dinner, and cabaret.
Run by London River Services, Westminster Millennium Pier is one among the many piers along the River Thames. This spot is perfect for a photo shoot owing to its proximity to the city's iconic landmarks, Big Ben and the Westminster Bridge. The pier provides public river services as well as acts as the boarding point for city cruises.
Originally designed as a treasury for King Edward III, this sturdy building now serves as a museum showcasing the rich history of the British Parliament. The original structure has remained relatively unmodified since its construction in the 14th Century, and is in itself an excellent example of the period architecture. It is also of historical interest because of its status as one of the few remaining structures of the famed Palace of Westminster. Stop by on a tour of the present British Parliament buildings for a glimpse back into the establishment's past. Call for hours.
Located in the City of Westminster in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, Dean's Yard is a gated square reserved for use by pupils at Westminster School. Surrounded by historically and architecturally significant buildings, the square (known to locals simply as "Green"), might very well have been the birthplace of modern football.
The Cenotaph is probably the most famous cenotaph in the modern world. Originally erected for the Allied Victory Parade, the monument is undecorated except for a carved wreath on two ends and the words, The Glorious Dead. Uniformed persons always salute the Cenotaph when passing it and every year, a national service is held at the Cenotaph at 11:00a on Remembrance Sunday aka Armistice Day.
As William Wordsworth so famously observed, Westminster Bridge is a good sightseeing spot. From here a visitor can take in a panorama spanning a view of the the city's tourist attraction. The green bridge accommodates both vehicles and pedestrians. The iron-wrought structure has seven arches and stands as the oldest of the Thames central bridges.
Thames River Services has been offering visitors tours of London for over 50 years. The began offering a cruise from Westminster to Greenwich, but have now expanded their services, offering tourists a glimpse of various popular landmarks and historical attractions, along the river Thames. Their guided cruise will offer you with magnificent views of, Houses of Parliament, Millennium Wheel, Cleopatra's Needle, Westminster Abbey and many more attractions. This is an apt cruise to undertake for a quick glimpse of London. Different cruising routes are available, check website for further details.