Upon exiting the Westminster tube stop, gnomes get a glimpse of the London Eye that greets you. Crossing the River Thames, you can capture this shot of Britain’s iconic Parliament building. Yes, friends, it was cold and gloomy the last time furrylittlegnome visited – much like the present day.
Rebuilt in the mid-1850’s after a fire, this gothic style building known as the Houses of Parliament, or the Palace of Westminster, is home to the United Kingdom’s legislative process – the House of Lords, the House of Commons and the British Prime Minister can be found here. As you can see, the United States mirrors this but with other fancy terms: Representatives, Senators and President. Enough politics…
Part of the Parliament building stands the Elizabeth Tower – commonly known as Big Ben. An impressive 316 feet (96m), Big Ben is the nickname given to the bell in the clock tower.
Crossing over the River Thames on Bridge Street, we get a closer look at these two buildings.