Four centres of political power for hire

If your guest list is filled with high-flying megalomaniacs, why not host the event within the corridors of power in these four venues?

The House of Commons provides a historical backdrop for guests
The House of Commons provides a historical backdrop for guests

House of Commons

Westminster icon the House of Commons has 10 venues for hire for organisations based in the United Kingdom. These are all situated within the Palace of Westminster and can be hired when the House is not sitting.

The largest and most versatile of these is the Members’ Dining Room, which features artwork dating back to the 17th century. The Strangers’ Dining Room offers magnificent scarlet interiors and ceiling detailing, while the Terrace Pavilion looks out through panoramic floor-to-ceiling doors onto the River Thames.

Where: Palace of Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Contact: 020 7219 3090 or


The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh’s Holyrood district has stunning venues available for hire on non-parliamentary business days, including Mondays, Fridays, weekends and recess periods. Both the Main Hall and Members' Room are ideal settings for evening events, with capacity for up to 450 guests for receptions and 280 for dinner.  

The Members' Room is also available as a daytime conference and meetings venue with a capacity of 150 delegates. The venue also offers bespoke tours of the Parliament as an added extra for guests.  

Where: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh EH99 1SP

Contact: 0131 348 6919 or

National Assembly for Wales

Wales’ political centre in Cardiff offers a variety of event spaces at three main venues - the Grade I-listed Pierhead, The Senedd and the unmistakably Welsh Ty Hywel. The Pierhead also comprises the Futures Gallery - a dedicated space for exhibitions, receptions and networking events.

The Oriel within the Senedd boasts views across Cardiff bay, while the Neuadd features a stage for entertainment; however be aware of booking restrictions - most political venues operate around MPs’ hours.

Where: The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF99 1NA                                                    

Contact: 0300 200 6565 or

Northern Ireland Assembly

The Northern Ireland Assembly hosts approximately 600 events a year in the Belfast Parliament Buildings, which house seven venues for hire. Accommodating up to 300 standing guests, the biggest of these is the Great Hall - a marble-clad space perfect for concerts.

Intimate dinner events for up to 16 can be booked in the Assembly for the Private Dining Room, which also features an adjoining ante-room for drinks receptions. The Members Dining Room can accommodate a larger dinner cohort (up to 40), while the Long Gallery - the busiest function room in the Buildings - can accommodate 160 for a reception.

Where: Parliament Buildings, Ballymiscaw, Stormont, Belfast BT4 3XX

Contact: 028 9052 1802 or

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