Everyone remembers their first time. I remember my first time to see the great  Elizabeth Tower too. It was a dreary, cloudy day, typical for London I’m told. We came up from the tube (subway) and looked up to see the tower, contrasting against House, just across the street. The old and new designs made for a striking difference. This is typical of London. You can have a block of buildings with designs that might vary a hundred years apart.

Portcullis House is an office building that opened in 2001 to provide offices for 213 Members of Parliament and their staff, supplementing the limited space in the Palace of Westminster.

The view of the Elizabeth Tower across from Portcullis House is a contrast of old vs. new. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.