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A View of the Palace of Westminster from all sides. (2.5 Km)

Updated: May 10

Start at Westminster Station

Finish at Westminster Station


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THE EXPERIENCE

Discover its history, symbols of power, and views through a circular stride along both sides of the river. Today, the Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, but it used to be a royal palace up until the 1500s. It is commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two legislative chambers that occupy the building.


Great for history, iconic sights, fantastic river views, museums, places of worship, and government buildings. Not good for food and drinking places

Houses of Parliament from Parliament Square


 

MUST SEE PLACES



Must see List



PLACES TO EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY




Eating and Drinking Link

 Links to the Sightseeing Eat Drink, and Be Merry Routes


BEST TIME

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

Day - Westminster Bridge and around Parliament Square are busy most of the day. Quieter elsewhere

Evenings - Generally quiet.


ROUTE OVERVIEW

This 2 Km route takes you on a 360 tour of the historic Houses of Parliament, Albert embankment and Lambeth Palace. It 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, to St Thomas’s Hospital by Westminster Bridge. It then heads towards Big Ben before finishing at Westminster Station by Parliament Square.


Route at a Glance Video (3:00)




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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.


 

INTERESTING FACTS


Lambeth Palace

Albert Embankment

St Thomas's Hospital

Westminster Bridge

The Houses of Parliament


 

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE AREA


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



Use the red 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 & GUIDES VIDEO LIBRARY 


These short videos give you a quick guided tour of some of the sites on this route.


Part 1 - East Side - Parliament Square to Victoria Tower Gardens (5:30)

Part 2 - West Side - Lambeth Bridge, Albert Embankment and Westminster Bridge (5:49)


This 7:28 minute video provides you with a history of the area.


This 6:38 minute history video briefly introduces how the Central London sightseeing area expanded during the Tudors (1560) and the Victorians (1860).


 

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