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The home of British democracy
es we know, London’s full of incredible buildings. But for a serious concentration of awesome architecture, Westminster takes some beating.
There’s the Abbey – home to basically all the former British monarchy – and the Houses of Parliament, where you can have a good nosey around to find out what exactly goes on behind those intricately decorated doors.
Westminster Abbey looks pretty good for over 700-years-old. History seeps from the elaborately decorated walls: William the Conqueror was crowned here, the queen married Prince Phillip and over 3,000 people are buried in the church and cloisters – including many of our past monarchs and other celebrated figures, including Chaucer and Dickens.
Get yourself onto a 90-minute Verger tour, which will get you into bits of the Abbey that aren’t usually accessible, including some of the older royal tombs.
Meanwhile, over at the House of Parliament we can’t guarantee you’ll meet the Prime Minister, but we can show you where the magic happens. Attend a debate and watch laws being made and see a public committee session.
Finally, with your feet back on the ground, why not take a walk around Parliament Square and spend some time with statues rather than statutes: Churchill, Mandela – all the big hitters are here.