Open House London

Portcullis House and the Elizabeth Tower

This year's Open House London weekend is on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2017 and the Houses of Parliament will again be taking part.

Admission to Parliament for Open House London is free to visitors from the UK and overseas on a first come, first served basis.

There are no advanced booking facilities for this event except for the popular Chapel of St Mary Undercroft guided tours on the Sunday.

Open House: Portcullis House - Saturday 16 September 2017

Opening Hours

Between 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4.30pm. To avoid disappointment please arrive at the Portcullis House Main Entrance by 4pm in case of queues.  

What you can see and do in Portcullis House

Attend talks in the Attlee Suite about:

  • 'The design and construction of Portcullis House' by architects Michael Hopkins & Partners
  • 'From Westminster to war: MPs killed in action, 1914-1918' by Dr Kathryn Rix (History of Parliament Trust)
  • 'Josh at war: Colonel Josiah Wedgewood MP and his memorial for fallen parliamentarians' by Priscilla Baines (History of Parliament Trust)
  • 'The Girl Porters and the Court Twins: Women staff in Parliament in the First World War by Dr Mari Takayanagi (Vote 100)
  • 'Scott, Stinkwood and Silver: The Commonwealth Gifts of 1950' by Emily Spary & Nicole Lacourse (Curator's Office)
  • ‘Big Ben Past, Present and Future’ and ‘The history and mechanics of Big Ben’ by the Big Ben Team

Other activities:

  • View the collection of contemporary works of art
  • Hear about Pride in Parliament (LGBT history)
  • Take a seat and a photo on a replica Commons green bench
  • Enjoy drinks and light refreshments in the Atrium
  • Visit the pop-up shop

Meet the teams and discover more about:

  • Clock mechanics and Elizabeth Tower guides
  • Architects, Michael Hopkins & Partners
  • Curator's Office and tapestry conservation
  • Visit Parliament
  • House of Commons Enquiry Service
  • House of Commons Committees
  • House of Lords External Communications
  • Parliamentary Archives
  • Education Service
  • Restoration & Renewal

Open House: Westminster Hall - Sunday 17 September 2017

Opening Hours

Between 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4.30pm. To avoid disappointment please arrive at the Cromwell Green Visitor Entrance by 4pm in case of queues.

What you can see and do in Westminster Hall

Take a guided tour of the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft

Due to the popularity of these tours, and the very limited capacity, tickets for the tours must be pre-booked online.

Explore at your own pace:

  • Westminster Hall
  • St Stephen's Hall
  • Central Lobby

Attend talks in the Jubilee Room about:

  • 'Parliament and the First World War' by the Parliamentary Archives
  • 'Scott, Stinkwood and Silver: The Commonwealth Gifts of 1950' by Emily Spary & Nicole Lacourse (Curator's Office)
  • ‘Big Ben Past, Present and Future’ and ‘The history and mechanics of Big Ben’ by the Big Ben Team

Other activities:

  • Browse the Parliament and First World War exhibition
  • View the contemporary art installation 'New Dawn'
  • Join a fun debate at the pop-up Parliament in the Grand Committee Room
  • Hear about Pride in Parliament (LGBT history)
  • Take a seat and a photo on a replica Commons green bench
  • Enjoy a drink and light refreshments in the Jubilee Café
  • Visit the Jubilee Shop

Meet the teams and discover more about:

  • Visit Parliament
  • Clock mechanics and Elizabeth Tower guides

Talks and activities may be subject to change or cancellation.

More about Open House London

Open House London is the capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design.

Further information can be obtained from the Open House London website

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