I took a really early bus from Oxford to London, reading Othello on the way, and met Chris there on Buckingham Palace Road. We walked over to see Buckingham Palace, saw Westminster Abbey, checked out the London Eye, saw the National Gallery (with lots of Swiss paintings) ate lunch at a Pizza Hutt in Leicester Square (which was big! Two stories!), checked out M&M's World (one of the few places in England that they have Hershey's Chocolate), went to Oxford Street to see all o' the shops (including a mall with Games Workshop! w00t w00t!) and talked about Manchester United and football and Lord of the Rings and Warhammer 40k, and TLA, and it was a super-magnificent time.
Chris Perry is a champion. He know's what's up.
So it's not just an abbey for monks. They have a government there. An important one. They use it a lot.