Houses of Parliament Exclusive Tour Behind The Scenes

We were invited to an evening reception and tour of the Houses of Parliament by private members’ club Home House, at the kind invitation of The Baroness McDonagh. The evening began with a canape and drinks reception in the beautiful River Room, the main state room of the Houses of Parliament, overlooking the Thames.

Houses of Parliament terrace

We were then taken on an exclusive tour of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Proceeds from the evening were given to Aung San Suu Kyi’s Foundation, dedicated to advancing the health and education of the people of Myanmar (Burma).

The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom. Designed by the architect Sir Charles Barry, it became part of a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

First we visited the House of Lords, and the Lords chamber where much of the work of the house takes place. At the far end of the room stands the royal throne. The Queen gives her speech at the State Opening of Parliament from this.

Throne room

Baroness McDonagh kept us entertained with some engrossing facts and behind the scenes information.

We then entered the House of Commons. At any time during the sitting of the House , a Member may drop a petition into the green bag behind the Speaker’s Chair. 

The bag

We moved on to the charming St Mary Undercroft chapel, still used as a place of worship and as a place of christening for members of Parliament and their peers.

Houses of Parliament chapel

We finished our tour on the beautiful Houses of Parliament terrace overlooking the Thanes. A fabulous end to a fascinating evening for a very worthy cause.