Login links

Home links

The Houses of Parliament: Britain's political centre

The Houses of Parliament, more accurately named the Palace of Westminster, is the grand Gothic revival home of the House of Commons and the House of Lords - Britain's two governing political bodies - and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's possible for the public to view both the Commons and the Lords in action, but it's on a first-come, first-served basis as seating in the public galleries is limited. Guided tours are available during the summer recess.

History and worship come together at Westminster Abbey

Close to the Houses of Parliament is Westminster Abbey, an imposing house of worship famous as the site of many memorable events, including royal weddings, coronations and funerals. Until 1760, most monarchs were buried here, and it is possible to see their tombs. Poets' Corner, which memorialises great poets, playwrights and writers, and the tomb of The Unknown Warrior are among the other sights to look out for.

The Churchill War Rooms offer a glimpse of wartime life

A 10-minute walk away is the opportunity to take a trip back in time to the Second World War. The Churchill War Rooms, just off Horse Guards Road, offer a glimpse of what life was like during the conflict for Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his fellow MPs. The cabinet war rooms have been left intact, as have the rooms where Churchill and his staff would snatch a few hours of valuable sleep.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near the Houses of Parliament? Try Travelodge London Central Waterloo Hotel, Travelodge London Central Southwark Hotel or Travelodge London Vauxhall Hotel.