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Houses of Parliament Circuit (2.5 Km) - Self Guided Tour

Updated: Mar 8


This House of Parliament riverside sightseeing Photorun is a self-guided tour that takes you along a section of London’s famous River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge.

Houses of Parliament from Parliament Square

This 2 Km walk starts and ends at Westminster Station and takes you along the side of the Houses of Parliament, into Victoria Tower Gardens, and then over Lambeth Bridge to Lambeth Palace. The route then follows the Albert Embankment with its iconic view of the Houses of Parliament before finishing at the far end of Westminster Bridge by the station.

The Houses of Parliament at night from Albert Embankment


Location of the Photorun

Start and finish at Westminster Station.

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

The Houses of Parliament from  the London Eye



The Google map and the summary video are useful to have open when doing these Photoruns. They will help you remember what the route looks like and prevent you from getting lost.

The Plotaroute map is an alternative guide where you can download the route to a device.

Route at a Glance Video.

This 2.5 min video gives a quick overview of the route and the sights and then shows you what the route would look like if you were running it at about 25 mph.



This section provides you with a virtual tour, a guide to the sights you can see, a brief history of the area and a gallery of some of the sights with a brief description of each.

Sights Tour Guide

This short video gives you a quick guided tour of some of the sites on this route.

East Side - Parliament Square to Victoria Tower Gardens

West Side - Lambeth Bridge, Albert Embankment and Westminster Bridge


A Brief History of the Area

These videos give you an overview of the history of the area.

This video gives you a history of this Photorun

This video gives you a history of the wider Westminster area in Tudor and Victorian Times


Gallery of Sights

This will gallery provides a descriptive and visual reference to many of the sights that you will see along this photoroute. Double-click to see its full size

The Last Sounds of Big Ben before its restoration in 2016

This video gives you the Sounds of Big Ben - Midday Chimes - Houses of Parliament on the 21st of August 2016 - the last chimes before the restoration.


Map and Virtual Tour - Sightseeing route

This map shows some of the sightseeing Photorun routes in the area. You can use the Plotaroute links whilst doing the photoruns.

There is also a link to an interactive 360 map that you can use to explore several locations in the wider area with 360 views so you can look around (with sound) and have a virtual tour to get familiar with the area before you visit it.


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