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The Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament



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Designed by Charles Barry and the underlying genius of Pugin who was responsible for all the decorative work. The buildings occupied the site of the old Royal Palace of Westminster which had burnt down in 1834. Neither Barry nor Pugin were to live to see the new buildings completed. The famous tower and clock are known as Big Ben but this is in fact the name of the 16 ton bell which rings the hour.

Our River Thames sightseeing cruise departs from nearby Westminster Pier to St Katharine's Pier (Tower of London).

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