Ever wanted to find out what it's like inside Britain's most famous building? Or even more exclusively, sit on the terrace outside and enjoy a refreshing tea and meal?
In areas usually reserved for Members of Parliament, Lords and HM the Queen you can walk around at your leisure accompanied by an audio guide. Following this we will enjoy something even more special: Afternoon tea (tea/coffee, sandwiches and cakes/scones) on the riverside terrace which everyone sees and almost no one gets to visit!
What does the audio tour cover?
On the tour you will see many areas including the: Queen's Robing Room, Royal Gallery, Prince’s Chamber, Lords Chamber, Central Lobby, Members’ Lobby, No Lobby, Commons Chamber, St Stephen’s Hall and Westminster Hall...
The audio commentary brings to life this tour through the House of Lords and House of Commons. The audio tour takes approximately 60 to 75 minutes and Visitor Assistants are on hand all along the tour route to answer questions.
The Afternoon Tea...
"This table service afternoon tea is taken in the elegant surroundings of the Terrace Pavilion in the House of Commons. This room provides fine views over the River Thames.
Parliament’s chefs have created a tempting seasonal menu of savouries and sweets which combines tradition with a modern twist. Beverages are a selection of loose teas or freshly brewed coffee.
Vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be accommodated. Please request these when booking. Unfortunately this afternoon tea offer is not suitable for those requiring a dairy-free diet."
11.15: Meet (see meeting details below) and prepare to go through the airport style security
11.40: Collect audio guide and begin the tour
[masked]: Recommended comfort break
13.15: Meet again for afternoon tea
13.30: Begin afternoon tea
15.00: End of afternoon tea and departing time
The price for entrance, the audio guide and the afternoon tea is £45.50 (including PayPal fees)
Please note that although Paypal is used for payment, you do not need a Paypal account, just a credit or debit card.
PS You may wonder why an audio tour rather than a guided tour. Well while it's slightly less personable it has a huge advantage... as it allows each person to go pretty much at their own pace rather than be tied to the guide's pace - so if you want to spend more time in a particular area then you will be able to. Also there are still assistants around the building to ask questions of so really it's the best of both worlds.
We will meet at 11.15am by the Statue of Winston Churchill on Parliament Square (image below) and we will not wait past 11.20am and there is no facility for leaving your name on the gate or refund if you miss us so it is imperative that you are on time or early. I will be by the statue with a small sign with the group's name on it "Fill My Weekend"