Houses of Parliament tour with afternoon tea

Address:
Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, Westminster, London
Tel:
0207 219 4114

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
2nd March 2019 31st August 2019 Every Saturday (until 31st August 2019)
Important note: The tea sittings are at 2 PM and 3.45 PM, but you need to book a self-guided tour/guided tour beforehand (which is a totally separate thing)
You should book the tour to start at least 2 hours before the tea, to give you enough time to complete it
Tickets & Cost:
You have to pay £18.50/£25.50 for the self-guided tour/guided tour, plus an extra £29 on top for the tea
See parliament.uk for more information about how to book

Getting to Houses of Parliament

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Here's a treat... how about booking yourself an afternoon tea in one of the riverside restaurants at the Houses of Parliament?

It sounds almost unbelievable, but it's possible for the public to book a sitting in the elegant Terrace Pavilion -- the same place where the MPs eat during the week. (Note: It's not always in the Terrace Pavilion, because there might be parliamentary business going on).

You'll get a seasonal menu of savouries and sweets by Parliament's award-winning chefs, served up with a selection of luxury teas and coffees.

Important note: It's not possible to have the tea on it's own. You need to combine it with a tour, which costs extra. What you need to do is book yourself a Saturday tour of Parliament beforehand (at least one day in advance -- you can't just turn up and do it on the same day). And you need to book your tour time at least two hours in advance of the tea, to give you time to complete it. The tea has sittings at 2 PM and 3.45 PM.

The tour comes in two different versions: a guided tour, and a self-guided tour on a pair of headphones. Craig has tried them both and described them on his blog. Read his review of the guided tour and review of the self-guided tour before you go, to help you decide which one to pick.

If you're into luxury teas then there are plenty more to choose from. How about an Afternoon Tea at The Ritz? That really is the ultimate tea in London, but it will make a big dent in your wallet. Another option is the Tea at Fortnum & Mason (a posh shop in Piccadilly). Or maybe you could book yourself an evening meal onboard a Bateaux Cruise as it floats slowly down the Thames?

 

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