A Super Exclusive Tour of Parliament With Simon Danczuk

Posted on 10th December 2016 by Andi Wilkinson

Time to read: 3 minutes

After Simon Danczuk visited our business Made By Factory earlier this year, he offered both Danny and I a tour of parliament, should we ever be that way inclined. Given my love of London and History, It isn’t something I wanted to say no to!

As Squared Online alumni, I had an invite to the annual Squared awards, so I figured what better way to spend the afternoon than a catch up with Simon and an exclusive look round one of the most famous structures in the world?

I was already in a Festive mood, having been presented with a random gift from Fat Face in Piccadilly Station. So much so, when I got off the train, I bought myself a festive Jumper from their Euston shop. Here’s me modelling it,

Fat Face Selfie

Enough of that. Time for my tour of parliament.

Tour of Parliament.

First, I stepped into this amazing lobby, with water features. It’a a hive of activity. I’ve always liked this building, and I am amazed I was so ignorant as to it’s purpose! Inside these walls are many fabulous portraits and works of art. Mainly of prominent MP’s past and present. There were so many styles, I was like a kid in a candy store. One portrait that stood out was by Gerald Scarfe; the artist behind some of Pink Floyd’s graphic design and mentor to Ralph Steadman, the Illustrator behind Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.


Next, into the grounds. Here were some brand new views of the clock tower and Big Ben. It was good to see it before the tower was practically completely covered in scaffolding.

big ben

I traipsed through many corridors until I was introduced into the house of commons. Now, I’m not allowed to take photos in there and if I recall, I had to surrender my phone too. I sat down and listened to a debate by the shadow cabinet, Something about Brexit of course.

Simon also showed me the secret chapel, buried beneath the public hall, where MP’s can have their wedding ceremonies. It was hundreds of years old and steeped in history.

Finally it was time for a drink in the exclusive MP Bar. This one goes right out onto the Thames, and its where MP’s are lucky enough to get the best views on New Year’s Eve.

After my tour of Parliament, I swung by Google for a drink and caught the train home. It’s not often I have two such prestigious visits on one day!


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