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A Walk Along the Corridors of Power - Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament - 2.3 Km

Updated: May 10

Start at Charing Cross Station

Finish at Westminster Station on Parliament Street



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 has seen many changes in the last 1000 years and today is home to the UK Government, but it was initially the home of two Royal Palaces.


Great for history, iconic sights, hotels, transport links, places of worship, art galleries, museums, government buildings, and theatres, with a few places to eat, drink and be merry


Trafalgar Square London panorama

 

MUST SEE PLACES



What to See List


PLACES TO EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY



Areas to Eat, Drink and Be Merry List

Overview of the Area

Area Highlights

Links to nearby 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 - 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)


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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


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


 

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 & GUIDES VIDEO LIBRARY 








 


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