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Feel the power at the House of Commons

The House of Commons is one of two bodies whose meeting place is London's Palace of Westminster on the east bank of the Thames overlooking County Hall. Designed by architect Charles Barry in the gothic revival style following the destruction by fire of its predecessor, it took 30 years to complete and is now one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

Watch MPs at work at the House of Commons

For those who want to see MPs at work in the House of Commons, it's possible for members of the public to queue for admission to the gallery, but it's on a strictly first-come, first served basis. Failing that, you can request a ticket from an MP. Guided tours are available to the public during the summer recess.

Westminster Abbey: a memorable house of worship

No visit to the area around the House of Commons would be complete without checking out Nearby Westminster Abbey, the site of many memorable occasions, including royal weddings, coronations and funerals. Poets' Corner houses memorials to many poets, playwrights and writers, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Ted Hughes and CS Lewis.

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