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*Charing Cross to the Houses of Parliament - The Corridor of Power - 2.3 Km

Updated: Apr 7


THE EXPERIENCE

This route takes you on a visual journey through some of London’s most famous iconic sights, which are rich in history and have been the seat of power for over a thousand years. This area represents the symbols of UK Government and the site of the first two Royal Palaces.


Trafalgar Square London panorama

Start at Charing Cross Station

Finish at Westminster Station on Parliament Street


MUST SEE PLACES



PLACES TO EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY




BEST TIME

Morning - The best time to do this photorun is on weekends in the early morning when it is quiet and free from crowds and heavy traffic.

Day - Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament are the busiest places during the day.

Evenings - Quiet


ROUTE OVERVIEW

Starting in the heart of London, the route goes toward Trafalgar Square via one of London’s oldest churches (St Martin-in-the-Fields) and passes the National and Portrait Galleries. From there, it travels through Admiralty Arch and The Mall before turning left toward Horse Guards Parade.  The route continues onto Whitehall, with its historic government buildings, before turning down King Charles Street towards St James’s Park and the Churchill War Museum.  The tour then heads off towards Westminster Abbey before finally culminating in Parliament Square, next to the Houses of Parliament,


Route at a Glance Video.


Charing Cross to the Houses of Parliament (2:26)





 

INTERESTING FACTS


The Houses of Parliament's other name

You are not allowed to wear a suit of armour in Parliament

The King owns the House of Commons but needs permission to go in.

BIG Ben facts

Trafalgar Square facts

The Centre of London

How the MPS entertain themselves

The first traffic light

Westminster Abby


 

DESCRIPTIVE PHOTO GALLERY


This gallery provides a descriptive and visual reference to many sights along this route. Use the Google Map above to find their location. Double-click to see its full size.


 

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE AREA

Charing Cross to the Houses of Parliament

Click on the link below to go on a virtual tour of the sightseeing area.





Use the blue route to explore this location by looking around in 360, taking in the sights and sounds, listening to an audio recording about the location and going on a virtual tour.

 

HISTORY VIDEO LIBRARY















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