For a few days next month, it will be possible for ordinary folk to go into Parliament and have lunch in the dining halls of our political masters.

The week we mere mortals are permitted inside the hallowed dining hall is due to Parliament being in recess for Easter, so they’ve opened up the Palace of Westminster’s principal dining room, the Members’ Dining Room to us lot.

Unlike the prices paid by politicians, the prices we pay will be at the full rate — so lunch is £45, and dinner is £50 per person for a fixed three-course meal. Wine is extra, of course.

The prices are comparable to a relatively decent restaurant, but the venue makes it a bit special, so ideal for a memorable date, or night out.

Members’ Dining Room (c) Parliament

Lunch will be served on 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th April

Dinner will be served on 2nd, 7th, 8th, 15th and 16th April.

Booking details here.

If dining, then collared shirts are preferred for gentlemen, with long trousers and shoes. Sportswear and trainers are not allowed in the dining rooms.

DG enjoyed his visit.


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  1. Jonalot says:

    …but DG went to the Peers dining room…not the downmarket(?) Members dining room. I booked this treat myself last year, following your heads up of the opportunity, but the recess was cancelled because of beastly Brexit, and my booking went the same way. Might try again though, so thanks for the notice.

  2. JP says:

    I wonder why we lesser mortals yet employers and paymasters of our poor, put-upon politicians aren’t allowed to dine at the same discounted rate? I can’t help but think that if we were, it would turn out to be so huge that we’d choke on our potted shrimp. Or is that me being a little bit mischievous?

  3. Souwester says:

    Unsurprisingly these dining events have now been cancelled due to Coronavirus.

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