"Never in the afternoon." Houses of Parliament - Palace of Westminster Tip by breughel

  No photos in the afternoon!
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  • No photos in the afternoon! - London
      No photos in the afternoon!
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  • Big Ben on the sunny side. - London
      Big Ben on the sunny side.
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  • Honey-coloured stonework. - London
      Honey-coloured stonework.
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Don't worry; it is not my intention to explain, once more, that Big Ben is not the name of the tower but that of the bell, etc., etc.

I just want to inform you that the afternoon is not the good moment to take a photo of the Parliaments' fašade on the river. Look at my miserable pic. A terrible contre-jour! Btw I was glad to read in my dictionary that the English use the French word contre-jour (a heritage from the French speaking Richard Coeur de Lion ?).
Get up early, best on a sunny morning, if you want to see something on your photo.

If like me you spent your morning looking (with some delight) at the torture chambers of the Tower of London and reached the Parliament in the late afternoon you will not regret your late arrival if you walk to Parliament Square and St Margaret St. especially if the August sun is shining.

What is a pleasure for the visitor and his camera is that honey-coloured stone used all over the building and that makes such beautiful effect on photos. Actually when the Parliament, after the nearly complete destruction by fire in 1834, was rebuild between 1840 and 1860 in a Gothic style on a neo-classical principle of symmetry, the stonework of the building was a sand-coloured magnesian limestone from Anston (South Yorkshire).
This stone decayed due to pollution and was progressively replaced by Clipsham Stone, a honey-coloured limestone from the county of Rutland between 1930 and 1994. And that's what we see now in the late sun.

Of course, if it is raining you can go on any time of the day. Your photos will be ? neutral wet.

Address: Parliament Square, SW1
Directions: Westminster tube
Phone: +44 20 7219 3000
Website: http://www.parliament.uk

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  • Updated Oct 19, 2013
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