London was the birthplace of modern politics in the UK and for centuries has been a hub of political activity. Over the years, hundreds of iconic buildings and structures have been placed throughout the city to celebrate the rich democratic history of London.
Our hotels near Lancaster Gate are situated close to a number of these historic places where visitors can learn more about the country’s political system and snap some photos of the famous buildings. We’ve put together this helpful political guide for guests staying at the Park Grand Kensington Hotel London.
If you only have a limited amount of time to spend exploring the city, you won’t want to miss out on a chance to see the famous Westminster Palace. The iconic building, which sits alongside the River Thames, is the central hub of politics in the UK and has become one of the most popular places for tourists and photographers. The palace is home to the Houses of Parliament and the House of Lords which are the bodies responsible for creating legislation and passing new laws. If you’re passionate about politics, this is the holy grail of attractions so be sure to head over from our hotels near Lancaster Gate.
10 Downing Street
Take a stroll down one of the most famous streets in London and snap a picture of the Prime Minister’s official home. Throughout the years, 10 Downing Street has been the home to a long line of famous political leaders including Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and Teresa May, who is the current occupant. The house was first opened in 1684 and has since become one of the most popular tourist destinations in London. If you’ve ever watched an announcement or speech from the front of Downing Street, it will be an amazing experience seeing the building in real life.
Albert Embankment, London
If you’re a fan of politics or spy films, be sure to head over to the Embankment area to get a view of the iconic SIS Building. Known for being the headquarters of MI6, the building has been featured in a number of films and TV shows including some of the latest James Bond blockbusters. Although you may struggle to get inside due to extremely strict security, you won’t have a problem snapping a picture from across the River Thames.
Churchill War Rooms
Clive Steps, London
This underground museum offers a look into the history of politics during the Second World War. When German bombs were dropping over the streets of London, the country’s leaders found cover underground in order to develop tactics and keep the political infrastructure of Britain together. The Churchill War Rooms were kept top secret at the time they were being used and have since been turned into a museum where visitors can browse vintage technology, authentic memorabilia and political documents.