Westminster stepped back in time today (Friday) when an angry mob descended on the Houses of Parliament to demand votes for women. The House was turned into a film set as shooting began on Suffragette, which stars Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst.

She did not appear in the scenes shot outside the Palace of Westminster but Carey Mulligan, Romala Garai and Helena Bonham Carter did.

Angry rioters descend on Parliament
Angry rioters descend on Parliament
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Anne-Marie Duff, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter film a scene outside the Houses of Parliament

This is the first time a film has been allowed to be shot in the House of Commons; previous films used studio sets or buildings with similar architecture.

Filming around the building led to some anachronistic sights such as a policeman in a high-vis jacket mingling with Edwardian bobbies, and Suffragettes clutching Starbucks cups.

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Parliamentary security guard passes extras dressed as Edwardian era constables
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Starbucks? In Edwardian London?

Suffragette, which is directed by Sarah Gavron and scheduled for release in 2015, tells of the struggle of women to get the vote.

Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter
Carey Mulligan plays Maud, a member of the Women's Social and Political Union. The name of Helena Bonham Carter's character hasn't been released yet
Anne-Marie Duff, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Romola Garai keep warm during a break in filming
Anne-Marie Duff, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Romola Garai keep warm during a break in filming