Parliament Square
Parliament Square
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Neighbourhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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Paul B
London, UK259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Had wondered for many years and then took the plunge, a tour of Parliament. The queue does not last long and you enter through the Great Hall. You can go by Guide or personal audio tour, I chose the personal audio tour to go at my own pace. It really is a fascinating place with all the history in front of you. You can take pictures in a lot of areas but obviously not in the Commons or Lords. Well worth a visit and would do it again.
Written 27 February 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Collection and display of life-like statues of many prominent historical British (and world) political leaders
* Small green city park perfectly bounded and framed by the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the UK Supreme Court- perfect photo opportunities
* Prime tourist and tour group meeting place

CONS
Not a single word of explanation nor praise nor honor explaining who these people were and why they are displayed there

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
,,, because it is a natural place to go, being directly across the street from the Houses of Parliament, providing unequalled nicely framed photos of famous stuff.

My favorites were the two whose lives, missions and accomplishments resonate with me- Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln. I know that a statue of Benjamin Disraeli is there, but I didn't find him.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It is free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
For sure

ADVICE
* For sure go to this scenic area and enjoy the views
* Be sure to enhance your experience when you are there by reviewing a listing of all the statues beforehand, and reading and learning the history of these people, because you certainly won't learn anything while you are there.
Written 16 January 2024
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BelaN74
Mississauga, Canada5 591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
This is a beautiful part of the city. Lots of amazing architecture and statues. It is a very busy areas and beware of the very large tour groups that are in this area.
Written 30 September 2023
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7 367 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
I feel that this perhaps is one of the most popular tourist area of London. It is situated in the City of Westminster. You can see a myriad of attractive historic world famous buildings around it. These include the Houses of Parliament, the Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. This square was constructed in 1868. You can see the statues of many famous world leaders and activists around this square which include Winston Churchill, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Millicent Garrett Fawcett. It is a favourite area of the news reporters because protests and demonstrations are held here almost daily. I loved the buzz of this square.
Written 15 July 2023
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SmartDamo
Costessey, UK5 842 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
First time I have properly visited the square. I was staying across the river in Novotel for the King’s Coronation. With all the flags and
Guards in regalia it was truly awe inspiring and makes you feel like a “Great Briton!”
One thing I didn’t get time to investigate further is the Abraham Lincoln statue situated adjacent to the square
Written 10 May 2023
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AJH93
Great Yarmouth, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Great to get pictures next to Parliament easily accessible via the underground and Westminster Abbey is right next door. We loved the statues of the famous world leaders if the past, you can always guarantee that they'll be someone protesting nearby to make things more interesting too!
Written 28 February 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5 221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Dating back to 1868, Parliament Square is in the heart of political London, adjacent to the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall. It is hard not to pass through here as it is located between the must-see tourist sites of London including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. A dozen statues playing tribute to British and world leaders are present including Sir Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. It is also the site of political protests over the years.
Written 10 February 2023
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Abeer H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates2 555 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
It is the historic square. Right next to Westminster abbey, big ben, st Mary churn etc. There are statues to honor some fanous political figures. You can even see the London eye on the other side. We walked to all those places.
Written 7 January 2023
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Londoner
London, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
Located right in the middle of London's iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Elizabeth Tower (a.k.a Big Ben), Whitehall, Saint-Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Bridge. Parliament Square houses eleven state figures and world leaders, including Sir Winston Churchill, Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. An English politician, activist, writer and feminist Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett joined the gentlemen’s club as a single female figure by mayor Sadiq Khan and former prime minister Theresa May in 2018. Parliament Square in London is a popular destination among tourists. The atmosphere is magnificent and it's one of the must-visit locations in the political heart of London.
Written 19 November 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15 050 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a mostly gravel square across the street from St Margaret’s Church. From here you have views of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament.

The main attraction here is the collection of statues of famous people including Oliver Cromwell, Winston Churchill, and Nelson Mandela, to name just a few.
Written 7 October 2022
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