The Houses of Parliament are of course here in the heart of Westminster, next to it the famous St. Stephens Tower which houses the Big Ben (Big Ben is in fact the name of the Bell that chimes - and not the name of the clock!) and outside the Houses of Parliament the statue of Oliver Cromwell. The man who sealed the fate of Charles I, became Lord Protector of England and was responsible for the near-genocidal treatment of Catholics in Scotland and Ireland. It has always been a great wonder to me how few Brits have an opinion of Oliver Cromwell (or even who he was) but one day in Ireland and you will know all about him!
I visited this part of London today because yesterday was Armistice Day and this Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. Just up the road from the Houses of Parliament is the Cenotaph, where on Sunday representatives from the Commonwealth and the Armed Services will join the Royal Family in the traditional laying of wreaths for our war dead.
Although this particular statue is controversial. World War I veterans refused to march past the monument to Field Marshall Haig during Remembrance Day parades - as a mark of their disgust.
Further down the street is Horse Guards Parade. I'm not sure who was doing the honours today, the Blues & Royals or the Life Guards,
This bust of Charles I is immediately below a bricked up window, the window was bricked up as a mark of respect - it was the one that Charles I was led out from to be executed.
All of the information on on this trip was provided by my favourite London Tour Guide, my daughter Kiera Healy.