A beautiful day in Westminster. GTW toured the Houses of Parliament on April 30, 2015
GTW attended the popular ‘Visit Parliament’ afternoon held at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Guests began to filter in around 1400hrs and were welcomed with an optional audio-guided tour to enjoy at their own pace.
Commencing in the elongated Westminster Hall, which currently houses a vibrant banner exhibition that commemorates the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, the informative tour traces the route once taken by Her Majesty The Queen at the State Opening of Parliament. The tour transports visitors through St Stephen’s Hall, which is embellished with sculptures, turning right towards the Royal Gallery, where a number of royal paintings are displayed, and concluding in the Commons Chamber, which has been home to some lively debates. Audio tours last for approximately 60-75 minutes and are available in a variety of languages.
Housed within the Members Lobby is an unfinished statue of former Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, following heavy bombing in World War Two. Accompanying him is Margaret Thatcher and David Lloyd George, amongst others. Additionally, the rustic entrance to the Commons Chamber shows visible damage where Black Rod – the Queen’s representative – knocks at the State Opening of Parliament.
Houses of Parliament alternate specialist tours each year, with afternoon tea fare taken beside the River Thames proving a popular addition for touring groups. Afternoon tea is served in the House of Commons, which can comfortably accommodate around 70 people per sitting. Discounted rates are available for parties of 10 plus. For more information visit www.parliament.uk/visiting.