London Journals

Big Ben, Parliament,the old gardens of the Convent of Westminster

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A travel journal to London by MichaelJM

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Quote: A long weekend away to the capital, took in a tour of Parliament

Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament

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Attraction | "The centre of English government"

Photo of London, England
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As UK residents we are able to pre-book our tour, through our MP’s office, but overseas visitors are restricted in their access to Parliament. They can tour Parliament on Saturdays and during the Summer Opening, when paid-for tickets are available, however I’d suggest you check out Parliament’s web site to be absolutely sure when you can and can’t visit.We’d stopped at The Lobby Hall, the crossroads between the two houses, and after a thorough examination of this octagonal room (see separate review) our guide led us in to the House of Commons, the lower house. We entered through the Bar Lobby which is the entrance to the Chamber from the Members' Lobby. It is also used as an informal gathe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2011

Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament
North Bank of River Thames
Westminster, London SW1A OAA
+44 (20) 7219 4272

Euro Hotel

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Hotel | "A great place for your short London stay"

Euro Hotel Photo, London, England
Quote:
We’ve stayed in this hotel a couple of times before and I guess that fact in itself speaks volumes. It’s not the swishest in town but it is incredibly well placed on a Georgian Crescent overlooking an enclosed central garden. We stay here because of its position, putting us in walking distance from Kings Cross Station and in easy reach of the British Museum, Covent Garden and Oxford Street shops.This 32-bedded hotel has been created out of three Georgian houses built back in 1807 for the wealthy merchants living in the capital and provides good, honest accommodation at a reasonable tariff.On each occasion that we stayed our rooms were reasonable sizes and came with the usual fa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2011

Euro Hotel
Cartwright Gardens
London, England

Big Ben

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Attraction | "And Big Ben Struck 3 o'clock"

Big Ben Photo, London, England
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As part of an organised tour we’d managed to secure our trip around Parliament and then headed off to climb the tower to Big Ben. Firstly we met up with our MP, Kenneth Clarke, whose office had arranged the trip for us. He was very affable and I suspect that if we hadn’t have been called to climb the steps to the top he’d have happily spoken longer with us. As far as I’m aware you have to be a UK resident to climb up to Big Ben so unfortunately overseas visitors can’t make this fascinating trip. However, they can visit Parliament over the weekend.Although people often refer to Parliament’s Gothic tower as Big Ben the fact is that neither the tower nor the famous clock faces are Big Ben. T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2011

Big Ben
Parliament Square
London, England SW1A 2NE

Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament

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Attraction | "Westminster Hall and our route to the inner sanctum"

Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament Photo, London, England
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This visit to the centre of British Politics had been arranged as part of an organised trip by my Rotary Club in conjunction with our MP and as it was something I’d never done before I was really looking forward to get a "smell of politics". Miraculously all 30+ of us managed to meet at the correct time and place and soon our guide for the visit was fast tracking us through security and to the inner courtyard. Once we reached Westminster Hall he started the formal bit of the tour. This fantastic Hall was completed in 1099 by the Norman King William Rufus as part of Westminster Palace . It was designed as a dining hall and must have been a magnificent sight. Indeed it was reported that, i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2011

Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament
North Bank of River Thames
Westminster, London SW1A OAA
+44 (20) 7219 4272

Covent Garden

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Attraction | "A market with a difference"

Covent Garden Photo, London, England
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Covent Garden is always a great place to visit as it’s always buzzing with activity and I found it difficult to think that "modern day" Covent Garden began in the 1630s when convent land belonging to Westminster Abbey was redeveloped by the 4th Earl of Bedford. Although the history of the site is a bit murky it is strongly suggested that the Saxons settled inside the old Roman town and established a port to the west of the city, along Fleet Street, the Strand, and covering today's Covent Garden. This new settlement was called Lundenwic and was abandoned when the Vikings became too much of a threat. Covent Garden then was returned to agriculture and continued to be farmed until the 17th century....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2011

Covent Garden
Covent Garden
London, England WC2
+44 20 7836 9136