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.

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

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.

Where:Imperial War Museum, London
'Reflections on Helmand' will explore how Britain got caught up fighting the Taliban in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Where:Houses of Parliament, Westminster
Visitors can enter the Houses of Parliament for free, and watch MPs debating in the House of Lords and House of Commons.

Where:Houses of Parliament, Westminster
You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday, at Prime Minister's Questions.

Where:Guildhall, The City
This tour will visit one of London's most historic buildings, with a Great Hall dating all the way back to medieval times.

Where:Guildhall, The City
Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall, and see the Lord Mayor of London dressed in all their finery.

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.

Where:Houses of Parliament, Westminster
Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament, and then enjoy a special afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames.

Where:Mansion House, The City
Have a look inside Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London, and see inside the Egyptian Hall.

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