New dates for tours of Houses of Parliament during the election campaign

On a guided tour in the Houses of Parliament.

The Houses of Parliament is open to visitors during the period before the UK General Election on 8th June. And to encourage young adults to register, vote and participate in the democratic process, all UK ‘young voters’ currently aged 18 to 24 can book a free place on a tour of the Houses of Parliament.

Visitors will discover the House of Commons, House of Lords and Westminster Hall, and see inside the debating chambers and voting lobbies of both Houses. At the conclusion of their tour, visitors will be invited to make use of Parliament’s pop-up electoral registration centre in Westminster Hall, where parliamentary staff will be on hand to provide assistance with the registration process.

To ensure as many young voters as possible take the opportunity to visit Parliament, eight additional tour dates have been added in May. A ticket is still required and proof of age will be requested on entry.

Tours are available on the following days:
Monday to Saturday between 11 and 20 May
Wednesday to Saturday between 25 May and 3 June
The Houses of Parliament is also taking part in the first ever London History Day on Wednesday 31 May with a range of tours and events.

Booking information
Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more if booked in advance.

Guided tours
Adults: £25.50 / £28
Concessions: £21 / £23
Children (5-15 years): £11 / £12
UK young voters (18-24 years): Free but will require a ticket for admission

Audio tours
Adults: £18.50 / £20.50
Concessions: £16 / £18
(5-15 years): One child free with each paying adult, but will require a ticket for admission, £7.50 / £8.50 for each additional child
UK young voters (18-24 years): Free but will require a ticket for admission

Concessions apply to over 60s, students, members of the UK Armed Forces.

A Jubilee pageant

The River Thames will provide the backdrop for the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on 3rd June 2012, as part of a series of events planned for the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

An illustration of the flotilla.

An illustration of the flotilla.

The Queen will lead a flotilla of up to 1,000 boats from across the UK, Commonwealth and around the world, featuring representatives from the armed forces, fire, police and rescue services, as well as passenger boats.
Organisers are planning for well over one million people to join in the celebrations.
The event is expected to be a ‘piece of theatre on water’ and will integrate music, fireworks and special effects.

Sweetening the South Bank

Offering the chance to discover fine artisan chocolate as well as bag some irresistible Christmas presents, The Chocolate Festival will make its sixth London appearance at the Southbank Centre in December.

An edible sculpture on display at The Chocolate Festival.

An edible sculpture on display at The Chocolate Festival.

Demonstrations by chefs and chocolatiers will take place alongside tutored tastings in the Chocolate Cookery Theatre, co-ordinated by renowned chef and culinary expert, Valentina Harris.
There will also be dozens of stalls showcasing products such as chocolate cocktails, chocolate sculptures and, of course, a wide variety of chocolate Christmas decorations.
The Southbank Centre will also host the Cologne Christmas Market from 18th November to 24th December, and the Real Food Christmas Market between 2nd and 4th, and 16th and 18th December.

The Chocolate Festival will take place from 9th to 11th December at Southbank Centre Square in London. Entry to the general event is free, though some events will be ticketed. Groups of 10 or more wishing to arrange a discount should email

For further information

Telephone 07898 681573.