Parliament, pints and perambulation

11/02/2020 16:31

It was another sell-out event for London, Southern and Eastern Section’s Christmas walk.

Ahead of this year’s walk, some of the group met up for pre-drinks at the Red Lion in the capital’s Parliament Street, famously the haunt of every British Prime Minister up to Ted Heath.

We then walked to meet the rest of the group outside the Houses of Parliament, where both sides of the Brexit divide were noisily making their point.

Once inside, our guides met us in the 1,000-year-old Westminster Hall, which once hosted coronation banquets, ceremonial events and the trials of King Charles I, Sir Thomas More and Guy Fawkes.

We travelled on through the central lobby, once described as "the political centre of the British Empire”, then followed in the footsteps of the Queen at the state opening as we entered both the Lords and Commons chambers.

Then it was back to the Red Lion for the fun part of the evening, where once again we had a fabulous Christmas dinner and a few drinks with friends and colleagues. Now that’s what I call a great way to start the Christmas festivities!

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