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The State Opening of Parliament 

The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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How to find us

UK Parliament is in Westminster in the centre of London. We are well served by all forms of public transport, most of which is wheelchair accessible.

Find information on arriving here using:

Postcodes and map

Most visitors to UK Parliament will come to the Palace of Westminster (postcode SW1A 0AA). The main visitor entrance, Cromwell Green, is number 9 on the map.
 
The visitor entrance to Portcullis House is on Victoria Embankment (postcode SW1A 2LW). The entrance is number 5 on the map.
 
Our Ticket Office for tours is at the front of Portcullis House (post code SW1A 2LW) and is number 6 on the map.
 

Transport

Underground and Rail

Visitors travelling on the London Underground can use the District, Circle or Jubilee lines to get to Westminster station, which is fully wheelchair accessible.

If you need help at Westminster station, please speak to the Transport for London staff. You don't need to book help in advance.

Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo mainline stations are about 20 minutes away by foot and have connecting buses.

Bus

Buses stop near Parliament Square in Victoria Street and towards Trafalgar Square in Whitehall. All buses in London are now wheelchair accessible.

Car parking and disabled spaces

Travelling by car will often be subject to the congestion charge and meter parking is limited.

There are a few disabled parking spaces at UK Parliament in Star Chamber Court. You must book these at least 48 hours in advance.
 
To reserve a parking bay:

Disabled parking spaces are located nearby in Great Peter Street, Smith Square, and by Methodist Central Hall on Matthew Parker Street.

To find the nearest available car park/spaces around the parliamentary estate for guests, please check the City of Westminster website.

River Boat

Several river boat operators offer services that stop at Westminster Pier on Victoria Embankment. The ramps can be quite steep so visitors using a manual wheelchair may need help.

Bridges

Westminster Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, and the Golden Jubilee pedestrian bridges are wheelchair accessible.

Cycling

Visitors cannot bring bicycles into UK Parliament. Public bicycle racks are a short distance away outside 7 Millbank (near number 14 on the map).
 
There are cycle hire docking stations in Smith Square and on Abingdon Green.

Coach

Coach drivers can stop on Abingdon Street. They may drop off and pick up on the Victoria Tower Gardens side before the second zebra crossing.
 
Coach parking is not available at UK Parliament. There are coach parking bays in Westminster, available on an hourly tariff.
 
For more information on coach parking see the Westminster City Council website. Specific information for coach drivers is available on the Transport for London website.

Plan your visit

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Read information to help you plan your visit including how to find us, disability access, security and facilities.

Plan your visit

Related information

Travelling in London

Here is a selection of other websites that offer information about travelling in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

  • Transport for London - bus and tube information.
  • Congestion charging - driving through central London? Check if you need to pay the congestion charge.
  • Google Maps
  • Street Map - online maps of the UK, with detailed street maps of London.
  • Here.com - full minor road and street level coverage for the whole of Great Britain. Enter a UK address to access maps. Zoom and roam features.
  • Bing.com - get directions and view online maps of the UK, down to street level.
  • Mappy.com - maps, directions, and driving expenses for journeys in the UK.

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