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The chimes of Big Ben are transmitted live by the BBC and announce the news on television and radio. However, it is not the clock, but rather only its 13-ton bell that bears the name Big Ben, and yet the entire tower of the Palace of Westminster is often named this. Four mechanics are continually on duty to ensure the clockwork functions correctly. The tower with its four clock faces, each with a radius of 7 metres, is one of the best-known landmarks in London today.
New Palace Yard is an open space located in Westminister, London. It is flanked by Houses of Parliament in the northwest, Parliament Square to the east, Big Ben to the west and Westminister Hall towards the north. It has also been a site for pillory during King James II reign.
The history of Britain is mostly written, or rather scripted, by nobility, and it is at the House of Lords that one can truly get a deeper understanding of how Britain came to be what it is today. The House of Lords is the upper house, and constitutes over 700 members. The roots of "the Lords", as the House of Lords is referred to, can be found in the royal council given to the great Kings and Queens of England. A visit here is a must for those who are really interested in history. For more information please see the website.
Run by London River Services, Westminster Millennium Pier is one among the many piers along the River Thames. This spot is perfect for a photo shoot owing to its proximity to the city's iconic landmarks, Big Ben and the Westminster Bridge. The pier provides public river services as well as acts as the boarding point for city cruises.
The Statue of Oliver Cromwell outside the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, Westminister is a sculpture of Oliver Cromwell. The statue was designed by the Hamo Thornycroft and built in 1899. The statue shows Cromwell standing with a sword and a bible. This sculpture is debated over since years as Cromwell's disregard for the British monarchy and the infamous conquest of Ireland.
Built in 1097, Westminster Hall is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. This hall is the oldest remnant part of the former Palace of Westminster and has witnessed several key social and cultural ceremonies attended by distinguished personalities. This building sports a neo-gothic style architecture and is extremely huge with very high ceilings. An architectural marvel, today this is a premier venue for parliamentary functions and events.
For over 900 years, this impressive assemblage of Gothic buildings has been the home of British government. The building covers an area of 3.23 hectares (8 acres) and consists of over 100 rooms. The House of Lords occupies the southern end of the building while the House of Commons occupies the area to the north. The best view of this massive expanse can be seen from nearby Parliament Square. Within the Houses of Parliament there is Westminster Hall, the Crypt Church, Members' Lobbies, the Commons Library and the Peers Lobby. The tower containing Big Ben looms just outside. To attend PMQ (Prime Minister's Question Time) in the House of Commons, UK citizens need to contact their local MP in advance. Otherwise, there is a line at St Stephen's entrance. Please note that visitors who plan to enter the Houses of Parliament must be UK citizens.
Statue of Winston Churchill stands in the Parliament Square and is a 12-feet- (3.7 meters) high bronze statue of former Prime Minister of Britain Sir Winston Churchill. The statue was designed by Ivor Roberts-Jones. The statue was unveiled in 1973 in the presence of the then Prime Minister, four former British Prime Minister and Queen Elizabeth II. It is a Grade II listed structure.