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Explore the Houses of Parliament: Tour & Afternoon Tea on the Riverside Terrace

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."

The agenda:

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.  

Your organiser


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.

Meeting Details

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"

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  • Heidi

    Great tour and tea was lovely, thanks Ben!

    August 26, 2014

  • Funda A.

    Great event! Thank you Ben

    August 26, 2014

  • Noelle Q.


    August 26, 2014

  • Jeff H.

    Great event with really friendly people :)

    August 25, 2014

  • Gaynor

    Just excellent. Thank you for another fantastic event Benjamin!

    August 24, 2014

  • Matthew D.

    Awesome afternoon tea and as always great company

    2 · August 24, 2014

  • Louise

    I throughly enjoyed today and it was great to see so many friendly faces. The buildings are fascinating and we were able to explore at our own pace. The afternoon tea was a lovely treat in a fabulous location. And I'm delighted that I was able to stand at the despatch box in the House of Commons! Many thanks Ben, it was superbly organised as usual!

    August 23, 2014

  • Vehisshia

    Best Meetup event I've been to so far. Thank you Ben

    2 · August 23, 2014

  • Rita

    My favourite meet up so far! Had a wonderful day, thank you!

    1 · August 23, 2014

  • Rita

    My favourite meet up so far! Had a wonderful day, thank you!

    1 · August 23, 2014

  • bev t.

    Fabulous day with fabulous company. Benjamin as always arranges the most brilliant days. Great to meet new friends.

    1 · August 23, 2014

  • Jana

    Thank you for a great experience Ben, well organized event. I am so happy I joined you.

    2 · August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Benjamin, for organising this fantastic event for us; something I wanted to do for a long time but never got round to organising myself. Everyone in sight was enjoying themselves and it's been a great day in every way. We felt truly privileged for a few hours!

    1 · August 23, 2014

  • Claire

    Had such a wonderful time. Was great to meet you all. Looking forward to going out to more events like these :)

    1 · August 23, 2014

  • Vicky

    AMAZING ! Thank you Ben, the icing on the cake? Yup the cakes !!!

    August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fantastic experience!

    1 · August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    OMG What a fantastic day out. I had not realised how beautiful it would be inside and tea was in a lovely setting, all very upmarket.

    3 · August 23, 2014

  • Claudia

    Hi Ben, are u inside of the building? I am at the entrance

    August 23, 2014

  • Roxanne

    Nooo! So upset I cant make it! Do you think you might be doing something like this again in the next month or two?

    August 22, 2014

  • Charles

    Please email if another place becomes free for my guest.

    August 13, 2014

  • Vehisshia

    Thank You so much Benjamin. You are a star!!! I'm really looking forward to this.

    August 4, 2014

  • Benjamin H.

    Hi guys, I have now added 8 more spaces for the people on the waiting list. Please book ASAP as I expect this to sell out this week and perhaps even sooner. Your organiser, Benjamin

    1 · August 4, 2014

  • Vehisshia

    Hi, was wondering if you would be doing this event again. I think I may have joined this group a bit to late as most of the events that interest me seem to be all full :(

    August 3, 2014

    • Benjamin H.

      Hi, there will be lots more events added in the next couple of weeks. I also add spaces where I can to the already popular events. As for repeating this precisely probably not this parliamentary break.

      August 3, 2014

  • Claire

    This will be my first event to and I will be alone. Really excited to go. Look forward to seeing you all there.

    July 21, 2014

  • Elaina

    Hi Benjamin, this would be the first event I have attended and I will be on my own. Can you tell me are there many people that do not bring anyone else with them? I am keen to meet new people hence that is why I feel it would be good to take the plunge!

    3 · July 3, 2014

    • Vicky

      I am coming on my own too! Although for kayaking I have dragged my brother along.... I work opposite the Houses of Parliament so it will be great to see if from the other side of the river and inside. Vicky

      July 3, 2014

    • Cathie

      I'm also going alone, so don't worry.

      July 3, 2014

  • bev t.

    I go on my own to most meet ups and people are fab and friendly .........always someone to chat to so take the plunge.........

    July 3, 2014

  • angela r.

    thank you for organizing such a wonderful day looking forward to it.

    July 2, 2014

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Your organizer's refund policy for Explore the Houses of Parliament: Tour & Afternoon Tea on the Riverside Terrace

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled

Additional notes: If urgent Parliamentary business comes up this event could be cancelled and you will be given a full refund, but this event is on a Saturday so this is extremely unlikely to happen.

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