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

Updated: Aug 24


This House of Parliament riverside sightseeing Photorun is a self-guided your 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

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

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.

These Visual guides provide you with:-

Video of the route at a glance/ sights you can see/360 virtual experience at key locations/history of the area/useful links and ideas of where to eat, drink and be merry!

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 a have a virtual tour to get familiar with the area before you visit it.

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

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

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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 August 2016 - the last chimes before the restoration

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