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Parliament Square

Visit this grassy plaza for a view of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and other historic structures that are synonymous with London.

Some of the city’s most famous landmarks surround Parliament Square, a green space with an array of statues in the heart of the city. Rallies and protests often take place at this spot, which is overlooked by the city’s political, judicial and religious powerhouses. Take photos of these iconic structures and consider the influence they have on every facet of London, and indeed British life.

Listen for the booming hourly chime of Big Ben on the eastern flank of the plaza. Come back to see the clock tower at night, when its faces are illuminated. The famous clock tower is connected to the historic Palace of Westminster, home to the two British Houses of Parliament. Admire the spectacular building’s Perpendicular Gothic Revival architecture from a grassy patch in Parliament Square.

Stroll around the plaza and appreciate the bounteous space afforded in such a prime and central location. The area is known for its collection of statues portraying key leaders. Inspect the bronze sculpture of national hero and wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill. This is one of 11 statues on the plaza; other notable statesmen honored here include Mahatma Gandhi, Benjamin Disraeli, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela.

Beyond a row of trees in the southwestern corner of the square is the Middlesex Guildhall, which contains the Supreme Court. Study the gargoyles and other intricate features that decorate this Gothic Revival structure. On the southern side of the square is the 15th-century St. Margaret’s Church. Marvel at the simple white façade and tower.

Venture beyond the church to the glorious Westminster Abbey. This church has hosted many momentous occasions since its inception in the 10th century. These include the coronation of William the Conqueror, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Parliament Square is in central London. To get here, disembark from the London Underground at Westminster station.


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