Attending events at Parliament

The Houses of Parliament hosts private events for invited members of the public. Guests should ensure they bring their approved invitation card and follow the instructions of security staff at all times.

Code of behaviour for public events

You should ensure that you read this Code carefully as your confirmation that you will participate in an event constitutes your acceptance of this Code.

All attendees at Parliamentary events are expected to:

  • Act responsibly in a manner that is respectful to others with courtesy, dignity and positive regard to Parliament
  • Obey instructions given by Parliamentary officials
  • Not leave baggage and personal items unattended
  • Wear the security lanyard and visitor passes at all times
  • Conduct themselves with consideration for the safety and comfort of other guests
  • Eat, drink or smoke in designated areas only
  • Your host will remain, or arrange a full pass holder to escort you at all times whilst you are on the parliamentary estate and will ensure that you leave by the designated exit route.

If you require further information or have any problems on the day, please contact the event organiser.

Invitation/confirmation letter/ticket

Please bring your invitation/confirmation letter/ticket with you to the event as these will form part of the security procedures.

You may be asked to show proof of identity.

On arrival

Please arrive via Cromwell Green unless your letter or invitation specifically mentions using one of our other entrances.

Security

Security procedures will be in place for all persons entering the building.  This includes an airport style search. 

Access arrangements for disabled people

In order to make your visit to the Parliament as enjoyable as possible, please inform the events organiser of any arrangement which can be made to enable full access to the event. It would be extremely helpful if you do this in advance of the event to enable the necessary arrangements to be put in place. 

Queues at the entrance

If your event is during the day, there may be a queue of people waiting to get in the building. Please remember that the queue may be other delegates for your event. If you have a mobility requirement or for some other reason have difficulty in standing in queues please contact the event organiser prior to attending to arrange assistance.

Registration and Badges

You may be asked to register for your event at the Visitor Services desk in Westminster Hall. The organiser of your event may also issue you with an individual name badge; this can only be worn in addition to your security badge.

Evacuation of the building

Evacuation procedures will be outlined at the beginning of the event by the organiser. Should it be necessary to evacuate the building, security staff will provide instructions and assistance.

Photography

Photographs may only be taken in Westminster Hall, New Palace Yard and the room where the event is being held (subject to approval from the sponsor).

Travelling to the Parliament

Parliament is located in Westminster, in the centre of London. All major forms of public transport, many of which are wheelchair accessible, serve it.

Rail and Underground

Visitors travelling on the London Underground can use the District, Circle or Jubilee lines to get to Westminster station, which is fully wheelchair accessible. Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo mainline stations are about 20 minutes away by foot and have connecting buses.

Buses

Buses stop near Parliament Square in Victoria Street (opposite the Houses of Parliament) and further up towards Trafalgar Square, in Whitehall. All buses in London are now wheelchair accessible.

Walking

If you're travelling by foot, Westminster and Waterloo bridges are wheelchair accessible, as are the Golden Jubilee pedestrian bridges (the old Hungerford Bridge), which connect the South Bank with Victoria Embankment.

Bicycles

Members of the public cannot bring bicycles into the parliamentary estate. There are public bicycle racks a short distance away outside 7 Millbank.

Parking

There is a commercial car park near Victoria Tower, with advance booking for disabled bays. There are disabled parking spaces nearby in Great Peter Street, Smith Square, and by Methodist Central Hall on Matthew Parker Street. Coming by car is not recommended as parking is expensive and severely limited, and you will often be subject to the congestion


 

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