Panorama taken from the northern edge of Parliament Square in London. This picture shows the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), St Stephens tower (better known as 'Big Ben'), Portcullis House and other buildings. A statue of Winston Churchill stands on this corner of Parliament Square, also shown in this image.
Parliament Square - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Parliament Square' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
Parliament Square is one of the best known squares in London, surrounded by some of the most iconic buildings on earth. Around the square are the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's, Westminster and Portcullis House. The square is a major traffic junction with roads leading to Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square, St James Park and Victoria Station, many of which are among London's top tourist attractions.
Winston Churchill is just one of the people with statues in Parliament Square. Others include Abraham Lincoln (in front of Middlesex Guildhall), Robert Peel (South-Western edge of the green), Lord Palmerston (North-Western edge of the green), Jan Christian Smuts (Northern edge of the green), Derby, Disraeli and George Canning.
Parliament Square was established in 1868 to improve traffic around the Palace of Westminster and create an open space. Its creation resulted in numerous properties being demolished. Originally the square contained the Buxton Memorial Fountain, but this was removed in 1940 and moved to the Victoria Tower Gardens just south of the Palace of Westminster in 1957. The square has often been the site of protest, though less frequently now that permission needs to be obtained from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.