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The UK Supreme Court

#273 of 1,570 things to do in London
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Address: Parliament Square, London SW1P 3BD, England
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+44 20 7960 1500
09:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 16:30

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A very quiet place away from the crowds.

You have to go through a scanner and thorough bag search to get in but once inside it is a haven of tranquility and a great place to eat where there are no crowds or queues. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Truly the worst cup of coffee in London, served in a teacup, no saucer, wooden spatula for spoon, cold milk jug on counter, by a surly man who could barely interact with customers. Only worth the bother of going through security to be in such a wonderful building. No wonder the cafe was empty with such a welcome. Surely they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to go through a scanner and thorough bag search to get in but once inside it is a haven of tranquility and a great place to eat where there are no crowds or queues. The work of the supreme court is explained in an exhibition which is very interesting and if proceedings are taking place there is a... More 

Thank GoldenEagleTwo
Towson, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Exceptional sobriety of the restoration. The building completed just over a hundred years ago on millennial vestiges has been restored in the '80s with a wisdom that only few architects can have: - take full advantage of the two sources of light, - create the illusion of the original carved stone masonry, and that it can be closer to other... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On Fridays, you can book a guided tour. The guide was excellent and explained many aspects of the court to us. We also got to see the library, which is not open to the public. There is also a small exhibit in the basement, which is worth seeing. The UK Supreme Court was established in 2009, but the building dates... More 

Thank Robert D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

We saw the welcome sign inviting members of the public in to use the cafe etc outside and thought, why not. V pleasantly surprised - lovely building but more than that there is an exhibition in the basement which includes a children's quiz. Staff were so lovely and welcoming even though it is a working court!

Thank Amanda T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

From J Boy of Derby A very interesting tour of the three courtrooms and the beautiful library (not open to the public) unless with a guide. Tours take place on Fridays and in the summer holidays when the courts are not in session. The cost is only £7 adults and £5 concessions it lasts about an hour. It's well worth... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Came upon the guided tour option by chance and really enjoyed it. £7 for the tour which was extremely informative and interesting. Visited Court 1 and 2 and the Library which is not usually open to the public. Great guide. The exhibition on the lower floor is also worth spending time at. Finally we were able to visit Court 3... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The UK took a long time to get around to establishing a supreme court (2005) and it was an important constitutional step to loosen the connection between judicial and legislative bodies. The building has been beautifully renovated and there is a very informative display on the lower ground floor. Equally informative is the custodian in Court Room 1 on the... More 

Thank MichaelCoffey
Oceanside, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

It was a rainy day and Westminster Abbey had just closed their doors for a special event. So seeing a small sign across the street we visited the Supreme Court. Heavily secured we passed through the screening process and began looking about. The desk officer stated we could sit in on an ongoing hearing so we headed to the courtroom... More 

Thank Mark P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Fascinating visit for anyone interested in UK legal history. You get to visit the actual courtrooms, full of papers of cases being argued that day.

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