Political attractions in London

Here is a guide to London’s best political attractions associated with the Prime Minister and the government, including the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street.

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Political sites in London

> Bank of England
The Bank of England oversees the UK’s money markets, and prints and issues currency.
> Big Ben
Everyone visiting London checks their watch against Big Ben – London’s famous clock face.
> Churchill War Rooms
Home to Prime Minister Churchill’s wartime government during the dark days of World War II.
> City Hall
City Hall is home to the Greater London Authority, and is where the Mayor of London meets the London Assembly.
> Downing Street
Number 10 Downing Street has been the traditional residence of the Prime Minister since 1731.
> Guildhall
The Guildhall is the seat of municipal power in the City, and where the Lord Mayor is sworn in.
> Houses of Parliament
The Houses of Parliament, or the ‘Palace of Westminster’, is home to the British Government.
> Mansion House
Mansion House is in the heart of the City, and is the official home of the Lord Mayor of London.
> Old Bailey
The Old Bailey is London’s Central Criminal Court, where all the big famous cases are tried.
> Parliament Square
Parliament Square is in the heart of Westminster, surrounded by Big Ben, Parliament and the Abbey.
> Portcullis House
Portcullis House is where the British Members of Parliament have their day to day offices.
> Royal Courts of Justice
The Royal Courts of Justice down the Strand try the country’s most high-profile civil cases.
> Speakers’ Corner
Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park is London’s most famous place for public debate.
> Westminster
Westminster has the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street, home of the British Government.
> Whitehall
See the Horse Guards standing outside Banqueting House, and the Remembrance Day Parade.

Political events in London


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Where:Houses of Parliament, Westminster
The Houses of Parliament opens guided tours on most Saturdays of the year, when the MPs return to their constituencies.


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Where:Imperial War Museum, London
The Imperial War Museum will be putting on an exhibition by Edmund Clark, exploring State control and the War on Terror.


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Where:Royal Courts of Justice, London
Take a guided tour around the Royal Courts of Justice, and learn a little about its history and how the legal system works.


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Where:Speakers’ Corner, London
Listen to a speech at Speakers' Corner, where the public can discuss whatever they like -- all in the name of free speech.


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Where:Garrick Theatre, London
'This House' takes us behind the scenes in Parliament, when the whips do all they can to coerce the MPs into voting the right way.


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Where:City Hall, London
The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayor's Question Time, in their monthly meeting at City Hall.


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Where:Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
Bridget Christie will be telling us all about the despairing meltdown she suffered following Brexit (in a funny way, of course).


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Where:Royal Academy of Arts, London
The Royal Academy will be exploring Russian art made after the Russian Revolution, and before Stalin's clampdown in 1932.

 

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