Places of Interest nearby
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Most visitors are deeply impressed by the long, neo-Gothic façade of the Houses of Parliament, the Parliament building. The symbol of London is the tall bell tower with its imposing clock called Big Ben.
The name is derived form the large bell on the inside. At every full hour you can hear a few tones from Handel’s Messiah. The same tune is used by the news of the BBC.
If you see the light above the clock on, you know the Lower House is still in session.
In the autumn of 1834, the old parliament buildings was destroyed by fire. The architectural competition launched later on, was won by Charles Barry with a neo-gothic design which satisfied the taste of that time. The works, which began in 1840, would take 20 years to succeed.
Linked themes: Music
Churchill has a statue in Member’s Lobby of the Houses of Parliament and in Parliament Square. This became a target for May Day protesters. There is also a statue of him seated on a bench with Roosevelt in Old Bond Street. There are plaques on the south side of Eccleston Square, on 28 Hyde Park Gate and on 3 Sussex Square where he lived and died. Churchill’s lying in state was in Westminster Hall before a service in St Pauls and burial at Bladon. It is possible to visit the Cabinet War Rooms, the secret underground HQ from where Churchill directed the war. This now incorporates a Churchill Museum. You can also find out about his wartime service at the Britain at War exhibition and the Imperial War Museum. Churchill’s former home at Chartwell in Kent is in the care of the National Trust.
Linked themes: War
The Houses of Parliament are the home of the UK Parliament.