London Architecture


Official name: The Palace of Westminster
Also known as
The Houses of Parliament
London, England SW1
Basic Information
Designed by Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin
Type Government Building
Neighborhood: Westminster
More Information
  • Over the years there has been historical debate over who designed the Houses of Parliament and the clock tower commonly known as Big Ben. Charles Barry began the design, but then hired Augustus Pugin to complete it. Pugin, himself, has been quoted as giving Barry the credit for the better half of the work.
  • November 5, 1605: Guy Fawkes plan to blow up Parliament is foiled.