Palace of Westminster

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With Big Ben soaring above it, the Palace of Westminster bewitched Monet, who was inspired to paint one of his most famous series of paintings by the combination of monumental stonework, river and sky. Cradle of British democracy, it is composed of the House of Commons and House of Lords, and represents the very core of the country's political life. When Parliament is sitting, the Union Jack flies from the Victoria Tower.

Useful information

Address:

Abingdon Street, SW1 London

Price:

16 £

Opening hours

Aug-Oct: Mon-Sat 9.15am-4.30pm (summer recess); rest of year: Sat only

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The English pub: two thousand years of history

Referred to as tabernae under the Roman Empire, then as ale house in the Middle Ages, the pub is an integral part of English history. To get a feel for this British institution, head to London and these three typical places: The Cat and Mutton, The Morgan Arms and The Drapers Arms.
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