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House of Commons Library is an integral part of the British Parliament. Founded in 1818, it serves as an information resource to the lower house of the parliament. The library cannot be accessed by general public but information pertaining the history and work of the Commons can be availed from the information Office.
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.
A marvelous example of Rococo-style architecture, the House of St. Barnabas is an integral part of London's rich culture. Charles Dickens used this house as a blueprint for one of the characters' residence in his famous book 'A Tale of Two Cities', and the house has since been a very prominent tourist site in the city. The chapel of the house is exquisitely peaceful and also plays host to various cultural events. See the website for more information.
To the west of the Palace of Westminster, this superbly striking piece of Early English Gothic architecture enthralls one and all with its 700-year-old history and its immediate association with British Royalty. First built by King Edward the Confessor between 1042 and 1052 as St Peter's Abbey, the church was meant to serve as a royal burial site for himself and all regal heirs that followed. Quickly, this originally Romanesque church also became the site where coronations and royal weddings took place, thus going on to become one of the most significant religious buildings for British monarchs. While the abbey held the status of a cathedral for several years in the 16th Century, it was soon designated the title of a 'royal peculiar' or a church that is directly governed by the crown, in the later years. The abbey, with its majestic ivory turrets that aim for the sky, dramatic buttresses that line the southern facade and the Norman-style nave that sits between the two towers stands as one of London's most astonishing royal landmarks today.
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.
The National Theatre Lyttelton is part of the Royal National Theatre based in the South Bank Centre, a cultural center showcasing the best in theater, music, film and art. The theater holds approximately 890 seats, and also has seats reserved for the disabled. The Lyttelton puts on a range of productions, with a lot of emphasis on quality, so it's a good place to visit if you want to see something a little different from the West End musical hits. The RNT's other two theaters are the Cottesloe and the Olivier.