I really should think of buying some form of accomodation in London seeing as I am constantly going down there! I think I shall request an Oyster card for Christmas.
Anyway, hello all! As you can probably guess, I headed back down to London (again!) BUT... suspence I was not alone. Oh no. I went with the VOYCE project (I have a blog post on them) as part of some Political training that myself and other members helped to deliver in a trainng day eariler this year. As a Government and Politics student myself, I found the prospect of actually seeing the intricacies of Westminster Palace (a.k.a. The Houses of Parliament) was very very very very exciting to me! And seeing as the new amendment to the Children and Families Bill will be passing through there shortly it seemed logical to book a tour and see hwo things are actually done.
So, Sunday 1st December, having had to skip opening the first door of our advent calanders, VOYCE set off from Sheffield to London at our journey was approx 3 hours. It was an interesting bus journey to say the least. We then arrived outside our hotel (it took a bit of time to find it). Can I just add that it was a **** 1/2 star hotel... We went to our rooms (which were absolutely GORGEOUS!) to unpack and familiarise ourselves with whats going on, where we are, our names, etc. Feeling a bit hungry we set of to explore the streets of London in search of food- then we found a Nando's (happy VOYCE). After finishing we head back to the hotel where some of the group decided to go for a walk and some decided to chill in our rooms. then after watching the results for X Factor (poor Tamera) and I'm a Celeb...(poor Anabelle) we dozed of and dreamed about what the next day would hold for us.
Monday 2nd December- waking up at 5:30am is a little bit of a chore but we managed to do it none the less. Freshening up and getting dressed when you can't even open your eyes was an interesting task. We assembled all bright eyed and bushy tailed (well, some of us) and set of to get breakfast at a little cafe. Then...off we went! The 20 minute walk to Parliament. Bags checked and securtiy passes on we headed for the main entrance- a massive hall with a massive ceiling. It was massive. We met Luke, our tour guide ans set off to begin our tour. We went to the Robing Room (where the Queen goes during State opening fo Parliament) and then set off to the House of Lords Chamber-NOT allowed to sit on the seats. It looks a lot smaller in real life than on the television. We then proceeded to the House of Commons- where all the action happens! And for ther first time I've seen, the HofC was quiet! Just being in the HofC is enough to make you realise that all of the laws and policies that affect us in our everyday lives are all decided in this little room probably not much bigger than your school hall. and you have to fit about 650 MP's in there!
Tour over- sad face but on the whole it was so interesting to see the centre of British politics and living place of past monarchs such as Henry VIII. If people are thinking of going to visit and go on a tour I DEFINITELY recommed visiting.your mouth will fail to stay such for the whole tour!
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