The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is the location of the meeting of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The houses are situated on the banks of Londons River Thames in the heart of the City of Westminster. Both the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge pose a striking panorama and have adorned millions of picture postcards. Building of the Houses of Parliament stretch as far back to the 10th century during the Middle Ages and building and renovation work has been an ongoing process until today. The houses have a colorful and varied history from Guy Foxs failed Gun Powder Plot in 1605 to the Great Fire of Westminster in 1864. The rooms of the interior of the houses are finely decorated in frescos including the Royal Gallery, the Lords Chamber, the Princes Chamber, and the magnificent Westminster Hall. The exterior of the buildings boast intricate stonework with spiral towers including Big Ben. One of the best views of the Houses of Parliament would be by crossing the Westminster Bridge by coach hire as the elevated view from the coach gives a broader vista than can be achieved from car or on foot.