Capturing images of the House of Parliament, or Palace of Westminster, is one of my favourite places to photograph London. I prefer to visit the area at night because the buildings illuminate beautifully highlighting the gold tones in the stone used throughout the structure. Like so many other brilliant London photo locations, the area around Palace of Westminster is a treasure trove with Big Ben, Westminster Bridge, the Thames River, Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square nearby.
If I had to choose the ultimate place to take the best London photos, Palace of Westminster and the area surrounding the grand building would near the top of the list. As a proficient night photographer, you’ll find me out and about after the sun goes down. The reflections of the Victorian architectural masterpiece reflects beautifully in the river especially with the warm lighting tones. The truth is, however, the entire area is worthy of a visit with your camera day or night.
In 1834, fired ravaged both Houses of Parliament along with most other building on the site. Westminster Hall, the Jewel Tower and a few others were spared from destruction thanks to firefighters and changing winds.
The new Palace of Westminster, what we see today, was custom-built by the Victorian architect Charles Barry. Mr Barry was careful to combine the old with the new, so that the surviving buildings – Westminster Hall, the Cloisters and Chapter House of St. Stephen’s, and the Undercroft Chapel – formed a structure that appeared seamless.
The Palace of Westminster towers over the River Thames and is quite imposing as a symbol of power, tho’ one might question the power bit given today’s political folly. Back in Victorian times when the Palace was rebuilt, the architecture and massive structure captivated the imaginations of the public. It also had a significant influence on the subsequent design of various public buildings such as town halls, law courts and schools throughout the United Kingdom, and internationally.
Where is Palace of Westminster? How Do I Get To Palace of Westminster?
Palace of Westminster GPS Coordinates :: 51.4995° N, 0.1248° W
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