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Charing Cross to the Houses of Parliament - Self Guide Tour - The Corridor of Power 2.3 Km

Updated: Feb 28


The self-guided tour takes you on a visual journey through some of London’s most famous sites. Starting at Charing Cross Station, 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. 

Westminster Abbey and St Margarets Church London

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,

Trafalgar Square London panorama


Location of the Photorun

Start and Finish

Start at Charing Cross Station and finish at Westminster Station on Parliament Street.

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.

Household Cavalry - Horse Guards Parade



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 6-minute video gives you a quick guided tour of some sights on this route.


A Brief History of the Area

This 4.5-minute video gives you an overview of the history of the area.


Gallery of Sights

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


London Photoruns - Book Trials

Below are two links to my experiments with 'London Location' Interactive and visual guidebooks. These two styles cover the entire route but with more information on the sites and some additional material on London and places to eat and drink.

The iBook has the whole route on seven interactive pages - a website in a book, whilst the Amazon version expands the information to over 300 pages.

They were produced in 2016. It would be interesting to get some feedback on these.


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 broader 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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