Strangers' Dining Room


The Strangers' Dining Room is a magnificently decorated event venue on the Principal Floor of the House of Commons.

The Strangers’ Dining Room was originally a Peers’ Committee room, which was later transformed into a dining facility in approximately 1867, and renamed the Strangers’ Dining Room during the interwar period.  When Parliament is in session, the room is used by Members to meet their guests and these visitors are referred to as “Strangers”.

Combined with the intricate wood carvings, the elaborate red flock wallpaper – designed and favoured by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) - provides an elegant setting for your special occasion. Certainly the Strangers’ Dining room can be used as a reception area (for Members’ dining room bookings), but it is also a versatile space in its own right. 

Room capacities:

Reception Rounds Banquet Theatre Area m²
100 60 60 60 90.8

Download the Strangers' Dining Room factsheet (PDF PDF 1.33 MB)

Download the Strangers' Dining Room floorplan (PDF PDF 29 KB)


Book an event in the Strangers' Dining Room

To book an event or for further information on this venue, please call 020 7219 3090 or email the Banqueting and Events Team.


Further information

Related information

Venue brochure
Conditions of hire
Venue availability

Venues are available for public hire when the House is not in session. View Recess dates to check date availability.