Westminster Pier – London North side of The River Thames
Westminster Pier is situated next door to the Houses of Parliament and the world-famous clock tower Big Ben. Westminster Pier is within a few minutes walking distance from Westminster, Jubilee Line and close to Leicester Square, Westminster Abbey and No 10 Downing Street. The Houses of Parliament have had royal association since the early 11th century when Canute the Great of Denmark ordered a palace be built for him on the swampy banks of The Thames. Until a fire claimed the palace in 1512, English Royalty stayed put next to the grand Westminster Abbey. Royal Council met next door in Westminster Hall, which was also the site of the first meeting of Parliament in 1265, though Parliament looked very different from how we know it today. Even up until the 16th century, it was little more than the king meeting with his nobles to raise money for war or to settle land disputes. After the fire, King Henry VIII moved to Whitehall Palace and left the site for the new Houses of Parliament, which would evolve later that century into the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Royal Courts of Justice. In 1834 another fire decimated the original Houses of Parliament. Charles Barry’s Gothic Revival design won a competition to recreate the building. It was at this time a long waterfront terrace was added and later reclaimed by the river. There are more than 1,000 rooms in Barry’s building, all arranged symmetrically. It took about 30 years to complete the construction, and the building has required consistent repairs almost continually ever since. Each of the clock faces on what is now known as Elizabeth Tower are 7 metres in diameter. The bell, known as Big Ben, first chimed in 1859 and continues to keep time with remarkable accuracy. It is a popular pier for Private Transfers to The O2 Arena, Private Charters, and Party Boat Trips. You can walk across Westminster Bridge to The Millennium Wheel, Sea Life and Shrek Adventure. The pier is 15 minutes’ walk to Waterloo Station and Waterloo East. There are a lot of Hotels close to Westminster Pier such as The Savoy Hotel, Corinthia Hotel, Royal Horse Guards, Park Plaza, and The Waldorf Hilton. It is also a fantastic pier if you wish to watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace.
Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH