As well as being a busy full-time PA, Penelope Alice is our budding reporter that gives you honest feedback about the PA Life Club events. Her latest task was to head to the heart of London for breakfast at the House of Commons.
Amongst the hustle and bustle of MPs and their teams, we were invited to enjoy a breakfast in rooms steeped in British history. The House of Commons is known for creating new laws and could soon be known as the venue of choice for your next business event.
On the morning of the event, we were told to arrive at the Thames Pavilion, where we were greeted with teas, coffees and bucks fizz. It was a beautifully sunny day and the atmosphere was calm and relaxed, which was a complete contrast to the media buzz just outside the gates due to the latest Brexit news being spoken about that day.
Following this cheerful greeting in the sun, we were shown to our breakfast room: Terrace Dining Room A. The room, which looked like it had been designed to emulate a house in the country rather than central London, had a long breakfast table in and served a continental breakfast, including fresh fruit, muffins and croissants.
This dining room was large enough to host a small event or a large meeting; it could hold 80 standing, 54 seated for food and 60 theatre style.
After an enjoyable and filling breakfast, we were given the grand tour of the venue spaces. The Churchill room stood out the most, with a bust of the great war tactician in the room. There was a real sense of history and can only imagine the number of important conversations that have taken place there. At first glance, you think there are wood panels around the walls but they are actually made of plastic and hand painted to make it look like wood – amazing!
Overall, the House of Commons is an amazing venue, steeped in history and information. Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of politics, you will be sure to enjoy an event at the venue. Perfectly central in London and a great way to impress, especially for a meeting with those coming to the UK for the first time.