Westminster

Tourists flock to Westminster to see the world renowned and famous Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

Visitors can enter the Abbey (currently around £20) to explore the pageant of British history displayed inside this historic 700-year-old building. It is one of the United Kingdom's most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation.

  • All coronations of English and British monarchs have been in Westminster Abbey.
  • Historically it became one of Britain's most significant honours to be buried or commemorated in the abbey. 

The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its occupants, the Palace lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London. 

  • Visitors can take an audio tour of the Houses of Parliament at various times throughout the year but capacity is limited and there is no guarantee of admission.
  • The design for the Palace of Westminster uses the Perpendicular Gothic style.

Big Ben is widely considered to be a British cultural icon, the tower is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London. The clock's movement is famous for its reliability. 

  • Essential maintenance will be carried out on the clock mechanism, which will be stopped for several months, during which there will be no chimes.
  • Striking and tolling will however be maintained for important events such as New Year's Eve and Remembrance Sunday. Big Ben will resume striking and tolling in 2021.

The nearest London Underground station is Westminster, on the District, Circle and Jubilee lines.

The Princes Square is situated in the London Borough of Westminster.

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