Contemporary portraiture group tours


Fully guided tours for private groups focusing on the contemporary portraiture collection displayed in Portcullis House.

What does the tour cover?

This is an opportunity to see inside Portcullis House, the only new building commissioned by Parliament since the Palace of Westminster in the 19th century. Portcullis House was designed by leading British architect Michael Hopkins and officially opened in February 2001.

The House of Commons contemporary portrait collection is displayed in Portcullis House. This art collection records senior Parliamentarians, including Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, David Cameron and Tony Benn, in paintings, works on paper and photographs.

The collection reflects a diversity of styles and approaches by UK-based artists over the last 50 years. Works by Grayson Perry, Gerald Scarfe and Andrew Tift can be viewed.

The tours take about 75 minutes and include a visit to the first floor Committee Corridor of Portcullis House.  

Tours and the works of art are occasionally subject to variation or cancellation due to Parliamentary business.


Tours and prices are available on request to private groups. 

To check tour availability (usually on Fridays) and make bookings please contact the Bookings Team by email or by calling 020 7219 4114.

More information about booking for groups is available on the Groups and travel trade page.

Image: The Rt. Hon. Tony Benn, acrylic on canvas by Andrew Tift, 1998, WOA 4761.

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