Westminster - Twenty Minutes Walking From The Hotel

HISTORIC BUILDINGS

The Palace of Westminster: also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, it is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom - the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The name may refer to either of two structures: the Old Palace, a medieval building complex, most of which burned in 1834, and its replacement New Palace that stands today. For ceremonial purposes, the palace retains its original style and status as a royal residence.

Westminster Abbey:
It is a large, mainly Gothic church, located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English, later British and later still (and currently) monarchs of the Commonwealth realms. The abbey is a Royal Peculiar (a place of worship that falls directly under the jurisdiction of the British monarch) and briefly held the status of a cathedral from 1540 to 1550.

Westminster Cathedral:
is the mother church of the Catholic community in England and Wales and the Metropolitan Church and Cathedral of the Archbishop of Westminster. It is dedicated to the "Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ". The site on which the Cathedral stands originally belonged to the Benedictine monks who established the nearby Westminster Abbey and was purchased by the Archdiocese of Westminster in 1885. Westminster Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Westminster.

The Big Ben: Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, and is generally extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower as well. The clock tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower.The tower was completed in 1858 and has become one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.

London Eye:  The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames. The entire structure is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft).It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually. When erected in 1999, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. The London Eye is also known as the Millennium Wheel.