Make Time For Tea at the Houses of Parliament
This summer sees the introduction of afternoon tea as an optional add-on to the popular ‘Blue Badge’ guided tours of the Houses of Parliament. Tea can be taken in the elegant surroundings of the Pugin Room in the House of Commons; an historic room which provides fine views over the River Thames.
The House of Commons chefs have created a tempting array of savouries such as citrus marinated Scottish salmon with cream cheese, lemon curd and chive on a mini bagel, and free range egg mayonnaise with watercress on wholemeal bread. Room should be saved for the sweet course which includes sultana scones with strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream, and Valronha chocolate delice. Beverages are a selection of teas or freshly brewed coffee. Vegetarian and gluten-free requirements can be accommodated.
The afternoon tea option is only available as an add-on to selected guided tours on Saturdays between 1st June and 24th August, and on the first four Thursdays and Fridays in August. There are three sittings, at 14:00, 15:45 and 17:15, and each sitting has a capacity of 25 people so early booking is advised.
Guided tours of the Houses of Parliament run Saturdays year round and weekdays during the Summer Opening period with start times between 09:15 and 16:30. For the sought-after weekday tours in August, start times have been extended to 17:30.
Tour tickets cost £16.50 for adults or £14 for concessions. Special rates for groups of 10 or more range between £9 and £13 per person depending on the tour start time. Afternoon tea tickets are an additional £19.95 per person. Bookings can be made by calling
0844 847 2498 or visit www.parliament.uk/visiting. bookings for guided tours plus afternoon tea can only be made by phone.