If you like this, here are some more events at Southbank Centre…
Real Food Christmas Market – 19th to 22nd December 2013
This little Christmas market in Southbank Centre Square will specialise in festive food, where you can buy mince pies, mulled wine, cheese, chutneys and all manner of seasonal treats.
And here are some more talks…
Watch MPs debating in the Houses of Parliament – 7th January to 19th December 2013 (except 14th to 25th Feb, 26th Mar to 15th Apr, 21st May to 3rd Jun, 19th Jul to 1st Sep, 14th Sep to 7th Oct, 13th to 17th Nov, and 20th Dec to 5th Jan)
Both UK residents and overseas visitors can enter the Houses of Parliament for free and watch the MPs debating. Galleries run around the top of both Chambers, looking down upon the MPs. The vistors section is at the back, looking towards the chair. All you have to do is queue up outside the Cromwell Green visitor entrance, and be prepared to wait for an hour or two hours.
Watch Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) – Every Wednesday (except 14th to 25th Feb, 26th Mar to 15th Apr, 21st May to 3rd Jun, 19th Jul to 1st Sep, 14th Sep to 7th Oct, 13th to 17th Nov, and 20th Dec to 5th Jan)
The best time to go and watch a debate in the House of Commons is on a Wednesday lunchtime. This is when the Prime Minister gets grilled by Members of Parliament. The atmosphere is usually pretty raucous, especially when the Leader of the Opposition gets to ask his six questions at the start.