Political events in London

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament should be at the top of every tourist’s itinerary, and don’t miss the famous front door at No.10 Downing Street – if you get lucky then you might even catch a quick glimpse of the Prime Minister. The historic medieval Guildhall and historic Mansion House are worth a look as well

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Political events in February

Things to see in February if you’re visiting London and you’re interested in politics

Craig recommends… You can attend debates at the House of Lords, House of Commons, Guildhall and City Hall. The best one is Prime Minister’s Questions, but you’ll need to apply for a ticket first

Royal Courts of Justice
free

Watch a case at the Royal Courts of Justice

Why not try something a bit different -- how about going to the Royal Courts of Justice and watching a real-life court case?
Old Bailey
free

Watch a real-life court case at the Old Bailey

Watch the long arm of the law in action at the Old Bailey where members of the public can sit in the gallery and watch a case
Mansion House

Mansion House: The Lord Mayors Residence

Look inside the Lord Mayor of Londons official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall
Guildhall
free

Common Council meeting with the Lord Mayor

18 Oct 2018 to Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall and see the Aldermen and Lord Mayor of London
Speakers Corner Hyde Park at Speakers’ Corner
free

Listen to a speech at Speakers Corner

Visit Speakers Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech
Houses Of Commons Public Gallery at Houses of Parliament
free

Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons

Visit Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Commons and House of Lords
Prime Ministers Questions Houses Of Parliament at Houses of Parliament
free

Attend PMQs (Prime Ministers Questions)

You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions
Houses Of Parliament Saturday Tour at Houses of Parliament

Saturday tour of the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament offers guided tours on most Saturdays when the MPs have returned to their constituencies
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament tour with afternoon tea

Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament and then enjoy an afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames
British Museum
free

The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard

7 Feb to An exhibition of artists postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
Sadiq Khan at City Hall
free

Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time

25 Feb 2019 to The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time in their monthly meeting at City Hall

Political events in March

Here’s our pick of the best political events taking place in London during March

Gina Miller at British Library

Women in Power with Gina Miller

8 Mar 2019 Gina Miller Rachel Reeves and Helena Kennedy will be discussing what it means to be a woman with influence at the British Library

Political events in April

If you’re into politics then you might like to visit one of these April events

Mark Thomas at Battersea Arts Centre

Mark Thomas - Our NHS at 70

23 Apr to Political comedian Mark Thomas will be checking the health of our NHS and wondering what it will be like at 100
 
Craig’s review of House of Lords Given a choice between visiting the House of Commons and the House of Lords I'll always choose the Lords, because the decorations are better. But if you're a tourist then I definitely recommend the Commons -- because that's where you'll see today's politicians. The Lords is… continued
Craig’s review of Common Council at Guildhall Here's a pub quiz question for you: how many Mayors do we have in London? One? Two? If you think the answer is two then you're wrong, because the correct answer is thirty four. We have the Lord Mayor of London (covering just the City of London), another one for the of Westmi… continued
Craig’s review of Speakers' Corner If you want to hear some speeches in Hyde Park then the best time to come is Sunday lunchtime. The speakers can turn up any time they like, but whenever I've come during the week it's just all joggers and cyclists and litter and pigeons. They all work during the week, you se… continued
Craig’s review of Parliament Square Parliament Square is full of metal fences and scaffolding today -- it's looks like they're trying to spruce it up a bit. It's the same with the surrounding buildings: the Houses of Parliament are covered in a mesh of poles and Big Ben is disappearing behind a rapidly rising… continued
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