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Published June 21st 2012
This is an easy 10 minute walk starting from Westminster Tube Station, and taking in the sights of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey.
It's perfect for first time visitors to London, backpackers and people on a budget because following this walk will cost you nothing.
If you want to go inside the Abbey (or even just buy food on the way), it will obviously cost you money. But this walk gives you a quick look at the sights so you can decide whether they are worth any extra expense.
After exiting Westminster station onto Bridge St, you are only a few short steps away from the religious and political centres of England.
Directly across the road is the Palace of Westminster, otherwise known as the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben's clocktower dominating the view in front of you. Many people don't realise that Big Ben actually refers to the bell inside, not the clock or tower.
To get a better view, I prefer to walk left and across the bridge over the Thames where you can truly appreciate the scale of the building and take photos easier.
As you follow the crowds past the 16th century St Margaret's church on the left you will see the incredibly ornately detailed North entrance to Westminster Abbey. The informative Wikipedia page tells us that a church of some form has been on this site for over a thousand years, but the present building is truly spectacular and awe inspiring.
Walk on a little further and the Western Facade of the Abbey can be seen.