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Houses of Parliament, London

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See British democracy in action at Houses of Parliament. During the week, all British residents and overseas visitors can watch legislators debating for free. If your visit falls on a Saturday, or during the summer recess, you'll be able to take a guided tour of the building. The tours are comprehensive, starting in the Queen’s Robing Room, moving through chambers for debating and voting, and finishing in medieval Westminster Hall. Along the way, you'll encounter grandly appointed spaces and collect knowledge about British parliamentary procedure. UK residents can also tour Elizabeth Tower, but foreign visitors cannot. Plan your visit to Houses of Parliament and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our London itinerary builder.
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  • We were lucky and privileged to get complimentary tickets from our local MP who arranged a day to suit the itinerary for our visit at very short notice. We arrived on the day of PC Palmer's funeral wh...  more »
  • This might be our favorite attraction. It is open to the public on certain dates so check their web site first. You can also book afternoon tea which sounds fun. We wandered through and we were amazed...  more »
  • Harrie Williams is the perfect guide. The Palace is a fantastic place to visit. Everyone should go. It was great to take in the building, its history, our history, democracy past and present. Harrie h...  more »
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  • I was impressed by the tour. Wonderful to be able to see the history. Step through the House of Commons and House of Lords. Can reserve a table for tea afterwards too.
  • A stunning building that never ceases to impress. The tour is highly recommended.
  • Really recommend doing a tour of the palace, it is facenating to hear about all of the history and be inside the iconic rooms.
  • I just like to do this for good old davey boy and all the other red coats #bringthe #dictatorship for good old dave boy he knows Poor Dave, poor Dave Three months ago his life was a soufflĂ© Poor Dave, poor Dave Number ten was just a Miliband away He banded words with Tony, kissed a baby, stroked a dog Washed up for the WebCameron, and fessed up on his blog Waited, gleaming pink, to take on Brown But suddenly the greasy poles went down You expect a big green medal, As off to work you pedal But that's not the picture chosen for the news For behind you there's a Lexus Using half the oil in Texas With your sandwiches, your cell phone and your shoes Oh it really isn't easy being Dave You have to be so very, very brave Each unheralded event is making him less compos mentis Than a newly fired apprentice, poor old Dave! If, alas, you went to Eton, Be as quiet as Buster Keaton When they talk of education, education If you mention shutting grammars They'll attack with special hammers And shout two words; one "off", one "fornication" It really isn't easy being Dave For politics is more than a close shave I would rather be called smelly, Or throw beans made out of jelly At a cricketer from Delhi than be Dave! William Hague's prospects are sunken, Nobody remembers Duncan-Smith, David Davis hasn't got the knack, You've defeated Michael Howard But you still don't feel empowered, Every sunset you're afraid that he'll come back It really isn't easy being Dave When your predecessor may rise from the grave Every night's another gamble (Yes I know I start to ramble) But I'd rather be Menzies Campbell than be Dave! So in search of propaganda, You head of to Rwanda, While England feels ignored beneath the flood And the disappointed Tories, Still obsessed by former glories, Load their shotguns, start baying for your blood Oh, it really isn't easy being Dave Leading not so much a party, more a rave Full of members who harrang 'em, And then flog 'em, and then hang 'em I would rather be Chris Langham than be Dave! Oh it really isn't easy being Dave It's not a job that any of us craves I would rather drown in slurry Sleep with Edwina Currie Even be a cow in Surrey than be Dave! Poor Samantha, she must worry His replacement (don't all hurry!) I would rather be anyone but Dave! Oh I'm glad that I'm not Dave! And pls pls dont forget to buy my mixtape
  • I took my 6 year old and the whole place was impressive.