Eyes to the Right!

28 Jun


Last Wednesday [yes, the day before the world went pouty mad] Big Sis, BIL and I got up early and headed to the train station, our destination, the big smoke, Londinium, the capitol … this years escapades involved a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament and a river cruise, plus dining at our now favourite place The Drift at Heron Tower.

We arrived without hitch or hold up and taxied to the Lord Entrance, past the growing floral tributes to the Late Jo Cox MP laid out on Parliament Square.  Through the ‘airport style security’ and into the hallowed grounds.  We had planned a light luncheon in the Jubilee Cafe and to get the bargain priced guide book from the shop (£5, thoroughly recommend) before perusing Westminster Hall in readiness for the tour to begin.

If you ever get the chance, grab it, I organised my tour through my MP’s office which meant it was free, but even at the ticket price of £25.50 is better value than some venues.  Our guide Phillip made the walk around engaging, enthralling and amusing, bringing in all his tourees to be seen as a person of history – I was a new MP experiencing first State Opening and no hope of heck getting into House of Lords to hear the Queens Speech and how I go about getting myself seen and heard [you have to put your prayer card in the holder at the seat you choose on the benches before morning prayers], the significance of ornament .  You learn of the assassination of Spencer Pervecal in 1815 at the hand of John Bellingham … which bits are victorian fake gold and which bits are stolen, well purloined, Welsh Gold …. the blue carpet and why the royals only tread in specific areas … the significance in the position of the Mace … how to become  Lord/Lady and sit at cross benches … anecdotes such as Henry VIII aged 9 rode his horse into Westminster Hall; the place where Thomas Moore [Man For All Seasons] was tried, where Charles I was tried by Cromwell … how the Palace was re-jiggered following the bombing in WWII that struck the Commons …. when it became a permanent home to Parliament [prior to this it followed the Monarch on progress or from Palace to Palace] … the politics of position and the Parliamentary Post Office …. we saw copies of Hansards and how it is produced … the Parliamentary voting system and how it is more foolproof than any paper or electronic system.

It had not clocked with me that as Parliament was in recess for the continued referendum campaigning, that we would be able to go into the Commons and Lords, bonus for us! After 90 minutes and utter entertainment, we wanted to go round again. I imagine you could do so with different guides and discover something different each time.

We sauntered across Westminster Bridge and to the London Eye, the embarkation point for our 40-minute trip and were boarded quickly. The ropes let go and the engines revved we sailed down to Tower Bridge, our commentator trying his hardest to name and fact various bridges and buildings.  It was over all too quickly, and we taxied back to Heron Tower for some super fabulous gorgeous tasty food {I have been lusting for their scotch egg on piccalilli since last year!


scotch egg with black pudding on piccalilli

Home and a bed by 11pm ….. 17 hours after leaving it, educated, entertained and exhausted.

Now to read the guide boo to remember all the things I forgot to mention here!


p.s.  Big Sis searched, she looked, she scrutinised but she didn’t find an upside down Union Flag *phew* LOL


Posted by on June 28, 2016 in General, In The News, Life, people


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7 responses to “Eyes to the Right!

  1. Bushka

    June 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Ahhhh….Sounds like a Super Day! Hugs! ❤

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  2. menhir1

    June 28, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Scotch egg with Piccalilli sauce does sound a nice combination, I’d have to ask for my egg to bound in anything BUT black pudding….not a fan I’m afraid.

    What a great trip. Sounds like you avoided major glitches too. Glad you got there before politics got turned upsidedown and ‘the madness’ of the 23rd. Looks like the weather was kind to you. What a smashing day. xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      June 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      The weather was … Now this is shocking to confess but I spent the day without my coat! Crept for 7am on the drafty station platform (all train platforms are designed to be wind tunnels, I am sure) and getting into the car to come home.


  3. menhir1

    June 28, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Without your coat on a nice day….now there’s an admission!!! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  4. deacongill

    June 28, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    That sounds a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating day! Some good tips too. We were once shown round by the then-Speaker, Bernard Wetherill (sis is married to a parliamentary type). It’s all so esoteric!

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  5. Your Best Friend

    June 29, 2016 at 5:07 am

    I don’t guess I’m ready to become a Brit as 90% of what you’ve talked about is absolute Greek to me, lol. At any rate, the important thing is you all enjoyed yourself and found the subject matter interesting and entertaining. I fear I would have been lost as I know not even the very basics about your government, royalty, history, tradition, etc…

    So glad you enjoyed yourself and that you found it all interesting. It’s nice to have a pleasant, fun day amidst a sea of turbulent troubles. A rare and wonderful thing indeed! 🙂

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    • AnneMarie

      July 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      There are loads of citizenship tests online, with some simple studying you’d soon get to grips with it. Plenty of time though, I can’t come and wave the flag at your ceremony until the besuited is installed xx



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