London political attractions
The two must-see political attractions are Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament. If you’re more daring then you can watch a debate inside the House of Commons. You can also go on a tour of Parliament and see inside the medieval Westminster Hall. Check out our guide to upcoming political events in London.
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The UK’s central bank is the eighth oldest in the entire world, and has been issuing the country’s money for over 300 years. It’s history is told with an interesting museum.
Big Ben is not the tower, it’s the big bell inside the belfry. The clock tower was renamed the Elizabeth Tower as a gift to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee.
This was where Winston Churchill met his wartime cabinet during the dark days of the Blitz, and it has remained largely undisturbed ever since.
This teardrop-shaped building next Tower Bridge was designed by the architect Norman Foster, and is where the Mayor of London has his day-to-day offices.
Every month the Lord Mayor of London meets with the Aldermen in the Court of Common Council to discuss the running of the City of London.
The British Prime Minister has been living at No.10 Downing Street since 1735. You used to be able to walk up the street, but now you have to peer through the gate.
The City of London has been holding political meetings inside the Guildhall for more than eight centuries, going right back to the days of Dick Whittington.
Did you know that members of the public can go and sit inside the House of Commons and watch a debate for free? They don’t even need a ticket (except for PMQs).
The House of Lords is much more ornate than the House of Commons, and is filled with famous faces from yesteryear – ex-ministers and cabinet members.
Parliament is one of the must-see sights in London, and we don’t mean the outside – get yourself a tour ticket and see the spectacular rooms as well.
The Jewel Tower is a miraculous survivor from the original Palace of Westminster. It was built in the 14th-century as a store for Edward III’s valuables.
The Corinthian columns of Mansion House are just one of three stand-out facades on Bank Junction, the others being the Bank of England and Royal Exchange.
Go and watch the Mayor of London getting grilled by the London Assembly when they hold the monthly Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall.
London’s Central Criminal Court is better known as the Old Bailey, and its most notorious court cases include Dr. Crippen and the Kray Twins.
Parliament Square is bordered by Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Portcullis House, Westminster Abbey, the Supreme Court, the Foreign Office and Treasury.
Portcullis House is situated directly across the road from Big Ben, and is where most of the Westminster MPs have their day-to-day offices (the less important ones!).
British citizens can write to their MP and get a free ticket to watch Prime Minister’s Questions – one of the best events you can see in London.
Every November members of the Royal Family gather at The Cenotaph with our leading politicians to honour the fallen soldiers from all our wars.
This Victorian gothic building looks like a cathedral inside, and it’s worth going to watch a court case simply to see its fantastic interior.
This north-east corner of Hyde Park is world-famous as a place of free speech and political debate. If you visit at Sunday lunchtime then you can enjoy some hecklers.
The Queen goes to open Parliament every year in her State Coach, accompanied by the mounted soldiers from the Household Cavalry.
Westminster is where you’ll find Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the Prime Minister’s home at No.10 Downing Street, and all the great offices of State.
Whitehall is where you’ll find the Cabinet Office, Foreign Office, Treasury, Admiralty Building and Ministry of Defence, as well as the PM’s home in Downing Street.