Tours plus afternoon tea

Afternoon tea in the Terrace Pavilion

A popular combination of a guided tour or audio tour through both Houses of Parliament followed by stylish afternoon tea beside the River Thames.

A tour plus afternoon tea includes:

This table service afternoon tea is taken in one of the riverside rooms in the House of Commons. Up to 70 people can be accommodated per sitting.

Parliament’s award winning chefs have created a tempting menu of savouries and sweets made freshly onsite which combines tradition with a modern twist. Beverages include a large selection of luxury teas and freshly brewed coffee.

A children’s afternoon tea option is also available. This colourful spread of savoury and sweet treats is recommended for up to age 12.

Vegetarian and gluten-free options can be arranged if requested when booking. Unfortunately this afternoon tea offer is not suitable for those requiring a dairy-free diet.

Tours plus afternoon tea are available to visitors from the UK and overseas on most Saturdays throughout the year and on selected weekdays during parliamentary recesses.

You can add afternoon tea to tours on the following dates in 2020:

  • All Saturdays until 26 September at 2pm and 3.45pm (except 11 April)
  • Most weekdays between 2 and 17 April at 3.45pm 
  • Most weekdays between 22 and 29 May at 3.45pm
  • All weekdays between 22 July and 4 September at 2pm and 3.45pm (except 31 August and 1 September)
  • Most weekdays between 18 September and 9 October at 3.45pm

The tour and afternoon tea must be taken on the same day and booked by 8.45am the day before your visit. It is recommended that the selected tour start time is at least 1½ hours (audio tours) or 2 hours (guided tours) before the required afternoon tea sitting.

Afternoon tea sittings are occasionally subject to variation (e.g. change of room or menu) or cancellation due to parliamentary business.

The following afternoon tea prices are in addition to the price of the tour ticket:

  • Adult menu: £30
  • Child menu (recommended up to age 12): £15 

You can book online or by phoning +44 (0)20 7219 4114.

You can also buy tickets from the Ticket Office which is open:

  • Saturday 8.45am to 4.45pm

The Ticket Office is located in front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment (postcode SW1A 2LW).

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

Afternoon tea image: Parliamentary copyright / Matt Chung

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