Houses of Parliament, London, England
Parliament Square and the Houses of Parliament.
Parliament Square is adjacent to both the Palace of Westminster (aka Parliament) and Westminster Abbey and offers the classic contrast of filthy rich in stretch limos and filthy poor demonstrators in tiny tents. Actually that’s an exaggeration as the stretch limos are usually hired by party people and the long-term demonstrators are frequently borderline crazies being tolerated by a reasonably liberal elite. But it certainly looks bad. . .
That tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, by the way, is officially known as the Clock Tower, not Big Ben, even though most of the world – including the British public – know it Big Ben. Big Ben is the name of the heaviest of 5 bells in the tower.
What are The Houses of Parliament?
The Houses of Parliament, otherwise known as the Palace of Westminster or Westminster Palace is the political centre of England and embraces two Parliamentary ‘houses’, actually debating chambers. The House of Lords are unelected and get a seat due to their titles; the House of Commons is where lies the real power of the country, wielded by elected Members of Parliament, including the Prime Minister.
The most ‘exciting’ time to visit is during Prime Minister’s Question Time.