Events for members

Events for members

Yeoman Warder with a group of visitors

As a member of Historic Royal Palaces, enjoy exclusive member-only events all year round and benefit from discounts on selected, general public events. 

     

How to book for members’ events

You can book tickets for the members events by telephoning 020 3166 6327 and pressing 3. Telephone lines are open Monday-Friday 09.00 - 17.00 or buy tickets online

Tower of London 

Ceremony of the Keys
Date: 21 May (sold out) and 18 June (sold out) starting promptly at 21.30
Price: The event is free but we ask for a donation of £5 on the night towards conservation costs.
The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has taken place on each and every night, without fail, for at least 700 years. We have a very limited allocation of places so book early to secure your place. Please be there promptly at 21.30 as latecomers will not be admitted. This event is held entirely outside so please wrap up warm and weather-proof.

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New Member tours of the Tower of London
Dates: 1 and 14 May, 4 and 18 June starting at 17.45
Price: FREE for new members (suitable for children of all ages)
If you have recently joined as a member but not yet had the chance to visit the Tower of London why not come along to one of the ‘New Member tours’? Each tour is taken by one of our iconic Yeoman Warders and really gives you an expert’s guide of what there is to see and do. The tours are free and although advertised to new members, if you have missed out on the Tower of London experience then please feel free to book onto one of these excellent tours. Please meet outside the Welcome Centre at the Tower of London at the allocated time.

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Member luncheons in the Perkin Reveller, hosted by Jascots Wine Merchant
Dates: 11 May and 29 June starting at 12noon
Price: £45 for a three course lunch and accompanying wines.
These lunches are hosted by an expert from Jascots wine merchants to ensure the menu and the wines match perfectly. Come on your own or in a group to get to know more about food and wine pairing.

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White Tower Tours
Date: 22 May, doors open 18.15 (sold out)
for a 18.30 start
Price: £15 including refreshments
The White Tower is one of the most famous castle keeps in the world. It was built to awe, subdue and terrify Londoners and to deter foreign invaders. It’s an iconic symbol of London and Britain. This is your chance to see the Line of Kings and St John’s Chapel after hours with a White Tower guide. The tour will be followed by a drinks reception.

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Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession with Alison Weir
Date: 17 May, doors open at 18.30 starting at 19.00 (sold out)
Price: £20
Come and hear bestselling author and one of Historic Royal Palaces’ most celebrated supporters, Alison Weir, talking about the second in her six book series about each of King Henry VIII’s wives. In Alison’s latest book she recounts one of the most sensational episodes in English history, revealing a courageous, determined woman on a headlong course to tragedy. Be prepared for your perceptions to be challenged. The Tower of London is the perfect setting for this talk, we hope to see you there.

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Members-only viewing of the Crown Jewels
Dates: 24 July, doors open at 18.30 for a 19.00 start
Price: £30 including refreshments
The Crown Jewels, part of the Royal Collection, are the most powerful symbols of the British monarchy and hold deep religious and cultural significance in our nation’s history. Come and see the jewels away from the crowds and enjoy a behind-the scenes look at a unique working collection of royal regalia, which is still used by The Queen in important national ceremonies, such as the annual State Opening of Parliament.

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Hampton Court Palace

Meet a State Apartment Warder in the Members’ Room
Dates: 6 May, 1 June and 1 July – tours start at 11.00 and 14.00 respectively
Price: FREE for new members (suitable for children of all ages)
Members are lucky enough to have the services of a State Apartment Warder for one day a month in the Members’ room to show new members around, answer any questions or tell you about the ghosts and characters inhabiting the palace.

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Book club

Our next meeting dates are:
18 May - George Goodwin, Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America's Founding Father
14 June - Helen Rappaport, A magnificent obsession, V&A and the death that changed British Monarchy
12 July - Linda Porter, Royal Renegades

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Lunchtime lectures
These monthly lunch lectures are a favourite among many members and the staff who have taken part. We have some super lectures coming up, we hope you can join us.

15 May - SOLD OUT: Brett Dolman, Curator, talking about the State Apartments at Hampton Court Palace in the 18th and 19th centuries, taking place in Apartment 33. 

30 May - SOLD OUT: Jo Cooper, State Apartment Warder, talking about the work of Ben Jonson, taking place in Apartment 33.

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3 July: Laurie Gibbs, Preventive Conservation Co-ordinator, talking about the six acres of interiors and the varied life of a conservator, taking place in the Garden Room.

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All the lectures start at 12noon and tickets are £8, including a light lunch buffet. Please note these lunchtime events are extremely popular so please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Rooftop Tours of Hampton Court Palace – May Bank Holiday weekends 
Dates: 29 (sold out) and 30 April (sold out), 1, 27 (2pm tour sold out), 28 (2pm tour sold out) and 29 May at 14.00 and 16.00 – please meet in the Members’ Room at 13.50 and 15.50 respectively
Price: £30 – over 12s only
One of the highlights of each year is the opportunity to get up on the roof of Hampton Court Palace and have a palace experience like no other. These tours show the palace off to absolute best advantage and there is an expert guide to lead the group round making sure the occasion is as spectacular as the view! We have two tours taking place over both the May Bank Holiday weekends starting at 14.00 and 16.00, meeting in the Members’ Room at Hampton Court Palace. As you can imagine demand for these tours is extremely high and as the roof is a delicate conservation area we can only take small groups up at a time. Sensible, closed toe footwear MUST be worn and admittance will be refused if footwear is deemed unsafe.

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Fatal Rivalry: Henry VIII, James IV and the battle for Renaissance Britain – Flodden 1513 by George Goodwin
Date: 19 June, doors open 13.45 for a 14.00 start
Price: £15
In 1509, the young Henry VIII renewed his father’s Treaty of Perpetual Peace with Scotland, and yet by 1511 he was already planning an invasion of France, Scotland’s traditional ally. In this talk, based on his book Fatal Rivalry, George Goodwin describes the vibrant Renaissance splendour of the royal courts of Henry VIII’s England and James IV’s Scotland, with their new wealth, innovation and artistic expression. As England and Scotland move towards their biggest ever battle, we meet manoeuvring ministers, cynical foreign allies, contrasting queens in Katherine of Aragon and Margaret Tudor and – above all – the two competing kings.

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Banqueting House

Member-only tours of the Banqueting House
Date: 5 (sold out) and 20 May (sold out), 10 (sold out) and 23 June (12pm tour sold out) and 8 July starting promptly in the Undercroft at 10.00 and 12 noon 
Price: £10
What happened to Henry VIII’s great Whitehall Palace and what did the early Stuart kings do at the Banqueting House, its last remaining part? Although intended for plays and masques, this building is more famous as the place of execution of King Charles I. Explore its colourful and turbulent history with Siobhan Clarke and climb to the viewing gallery (not open to the public) for a closer look at the magnificent Rubens ceiling – the only one of his works in the world still in its original location.

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Kensington Palace

Lindt Easter Egg Hunt - now only at Hampton Court Palace from the 1 - 17 April 2017

Kensington Palace Luncheons hosted by Jascots Wine Merchants
Date: 8 June starting at 12noon
Price: £45 including a 3-course lunch and wine
Lunch is led by one of our special guest experts from the Orangery wine supplier Jascots and features many different and interesting wines for you to try. These events are a great way to learn about delicious ways to pair food and wine and meet other lovely members.

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Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World - Members’ Preview
Date: 21 June
Price: Free but booking is essential
Come and enjoy a sneak preview of this exhibition created in partnership with the Yale Centre for British Art. The exhibition tells the story of how three royal women; each with a wide range of intellectual, social, and political interests, helped to shape the court in which they lived, and had a lasting impact on the nation.

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Please note that the winter closing time for Kensington Palace will be changing to 16.00 (last entry 15.00) from 1 Nov 2016 to 28 Feb 2017. For more information please visit our website hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace


Kew Palace

Use your membership card to receive 10% off the entry fee to enter Kew Gardens.


Booking information

You can book tickets for members' events online or by calling 020 3166 6327 and press 3 (unless otherwise stated). Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 17.00. If buying tickets online please use your login details and click 'buy member event tickets'.


Other events at the palaces

To find out what else is on at the palaces throughout the year, please click on the relevant links below to view the 'what's on' pages:

Tower of London

Hampton Court Palace

Banqueting House

Kensington Palace

Kew Palace

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