UK Parliament IntroductionThe UK Parliament is one of the oldest representative assemblies in the world. The site of the Houses of Parliament is the Palace of Westminster, a royal palace and former residence of kings. Edward the Confessor had the original palace built in the eleventh century. The layout of the Palace is intricate, with its existing buildings containing nearly 1200 rooms, 100 staircases, and well over 3 kilometers (2 miles) of passages. Among the original historic buildings is Westminster Hall, used nowadays for major public ceremonial events.
Palace of Westminster
Nearest Tube Station: Westminster
The Palace of Westminster (also commonly known as the Houses of Parliament) is directly opposite the station exit (look out for Big Ben!)
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Nearby you'll find a popular Harry Potter Film Location in London.
Looking For A Nearby Cafe?
There is a well-priced cafe inside the Houses of Parliament that you can use after your tour, but you may wish to have lunch before visiting. The Methodist Central Hall is two minutes walk from the Houses of Parliament and has a peaceful cafe for up to 200 on the lower ground floor. The cafe is open from Monday to Friday 8am-4pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am-4pm. The cafe has reasonable prices for the area and serves full English Breakfast, sandwiches, salads plus hot lunches, desserts, cakes, etc. Groups are welcome although pre-booking is requested.
Another great little-known location for a cuppa and clean toilets is the Supreme Court which is on the other side of Parliament Square and has a free permanent exhibition and a basement cafe worth knowing about.