Big Ben

Secrets of Westminster

 

The Houses of Parliament and the Tower of Big Ben are classic London emblems of historic British democracy. The Palace of Westminster, which includes the House of Commons and the House of Lords, stands as a monument to a fair and open political system, but within its gothic walls are the hidden worlds of Parliament, where back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions are the order of the day. Around the corner, Westminster Abbey is steeped in Anglo-Saxon myths, legends and history of over 3,000 great men and women buried or memorialized here throughout the ages.

 

CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious About – London

 

Journalist Christine Van Blokland brings her passion and genuine curiosity for the arts, quirky characters, storytelling and lifelong learning to an exploration of London. She asks: Why is St. Paul’s Cathedral such an iconic symbol of London? And why doesn’t it face due East? And what does St. Paul have to do with the City of London crest? What is the City of London and why can’t the Queen come in? Why do so many London neighborhoods end in -gate? Why is Temple Church round? And what did those secretive Knights Templar do here? And what does all of this have to do with Magna Carta – and why has a copy remained at Salisbury Church for 800 years?