The House of Commons sits within one of the world’s most iconic buildings, the Palace of Westminster. Offering a unique, historical backdrop for weddings, corporate and charity events, the space is a Grade I listed building and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Events can be held in a selection of 10 different spaces, from the impressive Members’ Dining Room adorned with flock wallpaper and wooden relief sculptures, perfect for a reception of 200 guests, to the intimate Pugin Room providing an idyllic banquet setting for 18 guests, complete with spectacular views of the Thames.
Three wood-paneled Terrace Dining Rooms, originally part of the Journal Office where daily Votes and Proceedings were compiled, can be used as boardrooms or for private dinners for 25 – 150 guests. The Terrace Pavilion, with its riverside terrace, offers uninterrupted views of the Thames and is an ideal setting for a wedding reception regardless of the ever-changing British weather.
All 10 spaces are available for hire on Saturdays and during periods when the House is not sitting. The Members’ Dining Room and the Jubilee Room are licensed for civil marriages and civil partnerships and the in-house banqueting team, experienced in hosting state occasions and other high profile events, ensure exemplary service and attention to detail.
On arrival, guests enter through the spectacular Westminster Hall and pass through Central Lobby as they make their way to the chosen room. Guided tours can also be arranged as part of the event, offering a unique combination of 1,000 years of history, modern day politics, stunning art and architecture and the famous Commons and Lords Chambers.
Rob Chambers, board director for The Westminster Collection and event sales director at London Film Museum, says: “Like many of our other member venues, we’re proud to welcome in such a unique and stand-out meetings and events venue as the House of Commons. It’s the true definition of ‘Westminster’ and we hope PAs, event agents and other events professionals will explore the potential of this fantastic heritage venue, now it’s available for corporate and private hire.”
The Palace of Westminster, or the Houses of Parliament as it is also known, has changed dramatically over the course of nearly a thousand years of history. Transformed from royal residence to the home of a modern democracy, the architecture and cultural collections of the Palace and the wider Parliamentary Estate have evolved continually, sometimes by design, sometimes through accident.