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Westminster "Corridors of Power" Tour: Discover Big Ben, Houses of Parliament & Downing Street

Want to learn more about the history and politics that goes on behind Westminster's closed doors? Join us as we visit Westminster’s iconic buildings, monuments and statues, and explore the stories behind them. Who was Oliver Cromwell, why is Boudica next to Big Beg and what exactly is the difference between the House of Commons and Lords? This stroll through monarchy and democracy is perfect for locals and tourists alike.

Join historian Ed and West-End actor Colm on this breathtaking audio tour as you delve into the heart of British politics. Starting on Westminster bridge, we’ll visit all the iconic sites of Britain’s government - whether it be exploring parliament at Westminster Palace or popping by the Prime Minster’s house as we walk past Downing Street. This tour is rich with historical and political discussion. Our interactive digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly onto your smartphone!

Additional Information

How to access your self-guided tour:
1. You will receive an email from [email protected] with a unique access link
2. Click on your link to download the Vidi Guides app
3. Once you’ve created your account, you will be able to access your tour on your smartphone

Please remember to bring a pair of headphones with you

You are able to cancel at any time providing the code you receive has not been redeemed


  • Love podcasts? You'll love this immersive walking tour of Westminster!
  • Discover London's bustling government district
  • Learn about pivotal points and key figures in British history
  • Enjoy an immersive audio commentary as you explore the neighbourhood at your own pace

What's included

  • Digital audio guide, to be downloaded onto your smartphone before your visit
  • On-screen pictures to enhance your experience
  • Geo-localised map to keep you on the right track
  • Headphones


The tour starts outside one of the most famous landmarks in Britain, Big Ben. Learn about the story of this famous bell and its real name as you cross Westminster Bridge and head into the north side of London, entering Westminster.

Stop at a statue of the famous Celtic warrior queen, Boadicea, and learn about her unique connection to Queen Victoria. Hear about the Roman conquest of Britain before turning around to marvel at the Palace of Westminster, home to the country’s parliament.

Wander around Westminster Palace, today known as the Houses of Parliament, as we discuss the relationship between monarchy and government in Britain historically and why a Parliament was formed in Great Britain. Touch William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings in 1066 as we walk past Westminster Abbey.

Stand in front of a statue of Oliver Cromwell, the first Lord Protector of England who took power back in 1653. This controversial statue represents a turbulent time in both British and Irish history, as Ireland lost almost 50% of its population as a direct result of the Cromwellian conquest.

Cross the road and get a beautiful view of Westminster Palace as we delve into a deep dive into the British parliamentary system, from the difference between the House of Commons and the House of Lords to England’s relationship with Scotland throughout both countries’ histories.

Head into Parliament Gardens to check out some of Britain’s most famous individuals immortalised as statues. Get a close look at the statue of Winston Churchill - the famous British Prime Minister who rallied his people during World War II to fight off Nazi invasion - as well at the statue of Millicent Fawcett, a key figure in the British suffragette movement and was recently voted the most influential British woman of the past 100 years.

Take a peek into Downing Street, the official residence and executive office of the prime minister of the United Kingdom at Number 10. Learn about the maze of secret corridors and passageways connecting the British government together, as well as a couple strange traditions and a love story.

Listen to our bonus track of this Westminster Vidi Guide to hear about some of Parliament’s strangest traditions, from the bizarre language and order in the House of Commons as people refer to each other as the Right Honourable Gentleman, to the monarch’s unique modern relationship to the House of Commons and House of Lords.

The Vidi Guides experience is enriched with on-screen photos and videos. We also point out where to take the perfect Instagram photos during the tour, and include recommendations for food, drinks, and local attractions. Don't worry, none of our recommendations are sponsored - they are simply favourites of the locals who helped craft the experience.

Vidi Guides creates immersive audio experiences that are like podcasts. This is a self-guided audio tour that can be started or stopped at your own convenience. Download the Vidi Guides app & your Westminster tour to explore the area independently and safely! Make sure to download your tour before your visit to streamline your trip!

Know before you go

Please download 'Vidi Guides' from the App Store of your mobile device and enter the code you receive after booking (from email address: [email protected]). Please remember to bring a pair of headphones with you

Cancellation policy

Non refundable

Departure location

Starting point: Halfway across Westminster Bridge, on the side opposite Big Ben
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