Houses of Parliament (London) Reviews
Description:The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, in London, England is where ... more
Houses of Parliament (London) ... the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) meet to conduct their business. The Palace lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the London borough of the City of Westminster, close by other government buildings in Whitehall. The oldest part of the Palace still in existence, Westminster Hall, dates from 1097. The palace originally served as a royal residence but no monarch has lived in it since the 16th century (although on the night before coronation, the sovereign sleeps in the bed of the Speaker of the House of Commons). Most of the present structure dates from the 19th century, when the Palace was rebuilt after it was almost entirely destroyed by a fire in 1834. The architects responsible for rebuilding the Palace were Sir Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Pugin. The building is an example of Gothic revival. One of the Palace's most famous features is the clock tower, a tourist attraction that houses the famous bell Big Ben. The latter name is often used, erroneously, for the clock itself.
Newest Review: ... motif in the House of Commons is green and red for the House of Lords? Moreover, what is the significance of the portraits (paintings) of St David, St Patrick, St Andrew and St George inside the Parliament? One of the rooms inside the Parliament reminded me of the 4 important virtues: courtesy, generosity, hospitality, mercy, including the importance of 'religion'. The House of the Lords is ... more
Customer Houses of Parliament (London) Reviews (3)
by - written on 17/12/10, updated on 17/12/10 (Very useful, 223 readings)
DURING MY WEEKEND escapade in London in September 2007, I had the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament. The Parliament is open to the public every year when the session is on recess from 31 July to 29 September, and during Saturdays in all year round. But if you are interested to attend various debates and public committee sessions, it is open to everyone with prior ticket bookings, or join the public queue few hours before the session begins. Since I was a student, I got a discounted price of £8 (from £12), but for kids (aged 5-15) is £5, and family (2 adults + 2 kids) for £30. The tour arrangement was good where we were organised in a group of 20-25 ... Read the complete review
by - written on 15/05/10 (Very useful, 336 readings)
The Palace of Westminster, or the Houses of Parliament as it is usually called, cannot fail to instil a sense of awe and a respect, whatever your political persuasion. It is one of the most recognised buildings in the world, and has come to represent England as a symbol of democracy. The beauty of the grade 1 listed Gothic architecture is the creation of the 19th century architect Charles Barry, and although many marvel at the design of the exterior, few are privy to the intricate beauty of the interior architecture and art. The intimacy that TV coverage has provided means that everybody can recollect a momentous speech, a moment of passion, or a moment of ... Read the complete review
by - written on 27/11/01, updated on 27/11/01 (Very useful, 465 readings)
The Houses of Parliament comprise the two legislative bodies of the United Kingdom, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The Commons is where the elected Members of Parliament meet to discuss legislation, and the Lords is where the unelected Lords meet to discuss proposed legislation from the Commons. Both Houses are found in the Palace of Westminster, on the north bank of the Thames. Visiting the Houses of Parliament is a lot less daunting than the heavy police presence around the Palace would suggest, which is reassuring given that the debates that take place there are carried out on your behalf! However, the means by which you visit the Palace, and ... Read the complete review
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