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  • AntheaJG
    Edinburgh, UK210 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked directly with UK Parliament English Guided tour which was very reasonable at 33.00 each compared to some of the websites advertising walking tours of the Houses of Parliament. We were warmly welcomed into Westminster hall and our tour guide was excellent. She had the right balance between information and humour and the 1.5 hours went very quickly. We learned a lot of things about Parliament which we didn't know before. Highly recommend
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Dash
    Leeds, England, United Kingdom440 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our group of 4 enjoyed an excellent morning tour of the RCJ and Lincoln’s Inn from Tim Wood who is an ex-court reporter. He knows his stuff and entertained us with his personal stories. Very interesting and informative couple of hours. He also gave us a list of live cases in the Old Bailey which we could attend in the public gallery in the afternoon. We went on a Friday and only a few cases were running. The limitations on numbers meant we couldn’t wait but we’ll be back another time.
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • Jon P
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited with son considering university options and possible career in the law. The staff were welcoming and the tour guide Daisy was enthusiastic, engaging and knowledgeable. The exhibition in the basement was interesting and interactive and the cafe was perfect for cake and coffee.
    Written 12 April 2024
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  • nozzzzz2015
    Worcester, UK212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recently did the guided tour and it was amazing. You find out the history of the building and the architecture of the main area is stunning. We went into a couple of the courts and also the cells & the judges dining room.

    We found out so much information from the guides about the running of the courts & the history. A must do tour.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Supersupergirl
    England, UK8,827 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    City Hall is a great place to visit.
    The building has an interesting yet striking structure.
    Inside, the architecture is quite nice but to go in you have to go past security but once you are in you're ok.
    Ended up having lunch there as well.
    Written 23 September 2020
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  • DennisDart1
    East Grinstead, UK93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    After seeing the Houses of Parliament so many times on the television we took the opportunity during the Easter recess to take a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster to give it the correct name. There are the usual areas which one regularly sees on the TV namely the Commons and Lord’s chambers, but there are so many other unseen areas which were able to be visited on the tour. It’s an amazing place, the artworks, ornate and exquisite decoration and design, and of course it’s history, and we came away hugely impressed with the visit and we highly recommend it.

    There were two tour options, self guided audio or guided. The guided led tour was not much more expensive but really made the experience so much better, our guide was welcoming, friendly, and very knowledgable.

    The cafe was really good and surprisingly for London, very reasonably priced, access through security was quick and efficient, although perhaps expected when Parliament is not sitting.
    Written 11 April 2024
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  • bigmalaka
    Raleigh NC54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went in Sept. 2019 for the Queen's Ball, the reception was held at the Lancaster House. What a beautiful place to have such an event. With the beautiful pieces of art, the tables decorated with flowers such a nice evening. The service was great.
    Written 21 December 2021
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland18,546 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting structure on the banks of the Thames and right opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Roof and chimneys are interesting.
    Written 25 August 2021
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  • Wine Diva
    Sumner, WA18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went into the Gallery and saw a small exhibit of Canadian artists. If you have time go and see it. Its a wuick visit to some very important works of art.
    Written 5 November 2019
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  • BigHugh51
    Adelaide, Australia3,651 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    After a to visit Horse Guards Parade and a quick perusal of the area adjacent to the parade ground, we headed along Horse Guards Road towards Birdcage Walk.
    At the intersection of Horse Guards Road with Birdcage Walk, we passed by the very large and impressive H.M. Treasury building. We had viewed this building during previous stays in London and we knew that it is not normally open to the public. As this time, we were there on a Saturday, the building was closed for the weekend and consequently we again, simply had to make do with viewing the fine exterior architecture of this very large and important government building, from the street.
    This building is certainly worthy of your attention should you find yourself passing by!
    Written 11 December 2019
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    During the 16th century a timber yard for the Whitehall Palace used to be situated on this site. In 1560 the Royal Treasurer purchased this land and built a house here. It passed on to his son, Viscount Wallingford, who named it Wallingford House. In 1622 the Duke of Buckingham, who was the High Admiral, bought this house and started using it for Royal Navy management. When Christopher Wren was redesigning London after the Great Fire, he came up with the idea of a planned building for the Navy. Thus the first Admiralty Building came into being in 1695, but it soon grew short of space. So in 1726, Thomas Ripley designed the present building to meet the growing needs of the Admiralty. It is a beautiful historical building with a Robert Adam Screen wall on its face and grand entry and exit gateways. The likes of Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming and Nelson worked here. Nelson’s body was laid to rest in this building, prior to his funeral. During the Second World War this building took direct hits from the enemy bombs and the operations were temporarily moved to ugly underground Citadel nearby. I liked the fact that this building has been recently renovated and modernised to house some Government Departments but the face has not been altered.
    Written 12 July 2023
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  • sheepygold
    london5,606 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are not many buildings in this part of London which are as unique looking as this place. The coloured glass at the top change the look of the building depending on the light conditions.
    Written 14 February 2018
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  • John D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have recently completed jury service at Inner London crown court. The security staff are friendly and courteous. There are certain procedures you must do; show them inside all pockets of bags and take a sip of any drink, but they do this with you gently and politely. They even zipped up my bag for me on several occasions when I was going through the metal detector. This is a crown court so you need to be realistic about the need for security there.

    The jury waiting areas are spacious and beautiful (listed building) and include many chairs and even a few sofas. The jury team frequently broadcast announcements about how many trials they have starting each day so you know how likely it is that you will be allocated. It only took about half a day for me to be allocated to a two and a half week trial which took me beyond my two weeks of service, so I was done.

    The staff throughout the building were polite and friendly. The judge was very helpful and treated us kindly. Even senior legal people in gowns smiled at us and said hello as we were escorted through the building. It was a pleasure and a privilege to complete Jury Service here.

    For the average member of the public, there are public galleries in all the courts. Courts 1-4 are I believe the traditional big courts that you might have seen on TV, with the high area for the judge and the big defendants area etc, etc, so if you want to feel what it's like to be in a court, try sitting in for a bit in the public gallery in one of those.

    A nice working Crown Court in South London. If such places interest you, give it a look.
    Written 10 November 2022
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  • Malarchy
    Maseru, Lesotho844 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Greenwich Town Hall is the council seat for the Borough of Greenwich and an historic building in Woolwich not far from the old Arsenal. It is a fabulous turn of the 20th century structure with absolutely stunning interior decor and a really impressive municipal location. This is a standout local government location and a special one for key events.

    Greenwich Town Hall was originally the town hall for Woolwich dating from around 1905. It is remarkable that at the time Deptford turned down the design which is clearly much to Woolwich's gain for the otherwise unremarkable Wellington Street. The location is pretty close to the transport hub of Woolwich Arsenal as well as the snippets of history and market of that area. The Woolwich Ferry and Foot Tunnel are also nearby.

    The history of this place is on display with a few glass-protected exhibits showcasing some of the military traditions from the area. A brief exposition of the history is a nice touch. Clearly the Town Hall is not a museum but it does at least bear reference and homage to the military importance of this parish long ago.

    From the outside the building has the air of grandeur. The imposing frontage includes an entrance requiring passage past a couple of columns and into an exceptional main section. An alternative entrance with a lift is accessible but nowhere near as nice.

    Inside it is just spectacular. The ceiling is absolutely gorgeous. The soft pink might not seem the most sensible of colours but it absolutely works perfectly when set off against the angles and complementary shades. It is a setting that when looking up is just so beautiful. The upper level is also a decent vantage point to view the ceiling from a little bit closer.

    To get to the upper level the main stair case is the route. It is of course a grand staircase with the right kind of banisters. Still, what makes it work well is the statue of Queen Victoria who of course had passed just a couple of years before work commenced on this building.

    For special events, the Elizabethan Room has the right kind of simplicity and space to work for lifelong memories. It is not as elaborate as the main space but the economy of design means it is more of a place for focus on people.

    Greenwich Town Hall is a lovely and memorable place. It has an imposing frontage with the clock tower, brickwork, and design that speaks to the grandeur within. Inside it is just spectacular considering it is is a municipal building. A wonderful place with a touch of something special.
    Written 27 December 2019
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