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New Royalty and Splendour tour and dinner experiences for summer 2019

7 May 2019

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Announcing a summer season of Royalty and Splendour tour and dinner experiences in the House of Lords to celebrate the 200th anniversaries of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

These experiences combine a guided tour which focuses on the art and decorative style of the House of Lords with a special Victorian inspired three course dinner in the Barry Room.

Guided tour through the House of Lords

The 60 minute tour begins at the top of the Royal Staircase in Norman Porch and follows the Queen’s processional route at the State Opening of Parliament through the Robing Room, Royal Gallery and Prince's Chamber before entering the majestic Lords Chamber.

Built during the early part of Queen Victoria’s reign after a devastating fire in 1834, the finest British artists of the age designed the wonderful frescoes, portraits, statues, thrones, fireplaces and furniture featured on the tour.

You will discover the exquisite work of Charles Barry, Augustus Pugin, William Dyce and Daniel Maclise amongst many others, and learn how Prince Albert, appointed Chair of the Fine Arts Commission in 1841, was such an influential figure at the time.

During your visit you will also pass through Westminster Hall, St Stephen's Hall and Central Lobby on your way in and out of the House of Lords.

Victorian inspired dinner in the Barry Room

Enjoy a welcome cocktail in the Barry Room (named after Charles Barry) before settling down to a special three course dinner. Taking their inspiration from Victorian menus, the House of Lords chefs have added a modern twist using the best seasonal ingredients.

During the evening, the Executive Chef will come and join you to talk about how the menu was created and answer any questions.

Most dietary requirements can be accommodated if requested when booking.

Availability and booking

Early booking is recommended as places are limited.

Tickets are now available for the following Friday evenings from 6pm:

  • 28 June 2019
  • 12 July 2019
  • 19 July 2019

These experiences are £95 per person which includes a guided tour, pre-dinner cocktail and three course dinner.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 44 (0)20 7219 4114.

Please note that tours and dining are occasionally subject to variation or cancellation due to parliamentary business.

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