Next Stop Westminster
Last week I had a business meeting in Westminster, so I took advantage and arrived an hour early to take in the sights of Parliament Square.
As I stepped outside Westminster Tube Station, I looked up and saw Big Ben towering above me. It was breathtaking. My appointment wasn’t until two so I had a little time to spare. No excuse for being late around here.
Houses of Parliament
Walking alongside the Houses of Parliament gave me the opportunity to really take in the intricacies of the architecture.
The lovely old lampposts and big wooden doors wreak of days gone by.
Beautiful Golden Gates with stained glass windows.
Audio Tours start from £18.50. For more information about Parliament or to book tours visit the UK Parliament website.
The main entrance to the Abbey is a wonder of art and architecture in itself. You can get more information and book tours here.
Big Ben, The London Eye, red double decker buses and black cabs, you know you’re in London.
This statue sits in the centre of Parliament Square. Churchill still keeping an eye on what’s going on. I have a huge fondness for Churchill. Not only was I brought up with my mother referencing his speeches and beliefs, but my late uncle, Carl Foreman wrote the screenplay to the 1972 film Young Winston.
The UK’s official national war memorial is located a few steps away from Parliament Square in Whitehall. There are flags on each side of the Cenotaph. Each one is there to represent The Royal Navy, the British Army, the Royal Air Force and the Merchant Navy.
How to Get There
You can get to Westminster by using the District or Circle line or simply stroll across the Golden Jubilee Footbridge from Waterloo Station, and bear left onto Whitehall. This is a pleasant 10 minutes walk. See Transport For London for more information.
There are plenty of souvenir stands, but I took a little look around the official Houses of Parliament gift shop. This made me giggle.