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
Dates: 11 December, 15 January, 12 February, 12 March and 16 April (all dates are sold out, please call 020 3166 6327 to be put on the waiting list)
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: Tower of London tour with an iconic Yeoman Warder
Dates: 11 December (sold out), 4 January, 15 January, 4 February, 19 February starting at 16.45, 5 and 19 March 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: 13 December and 17 March starting at 12 noon
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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Member-only Carol Service at St Peter Ad Vincula
Dates: 16 and 17 December starting promptly at 18.30
Price: £10 for adults, £7.50 for children over 5 years old.
Following the re-opening of the Chapel Royal by Her Majesty the Queen in October 2014, we are delighted to be hosting the second member-only carol service at St Peter Ad Vincula. Join us for a service of lessons and carols sung by the Chapel choir and immerse yourself in Christmas tidings at the heart of the Tower of London. These dates will no doubt be extremely popular and the Chapel Royal has limited capacity. Booking is essential and the event is only open to Members of Historic Royal Palaces.

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For tickets please call 0203 166 6327 and select option three

Members-only viewing of the Crown Jewels
Dates: 1 February, doors open at 18.30 for a 19.00 start
Price: £20 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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Elizabeth Fremantle discussing Tudor and Elizabethan women
Date: 20 February, doors open 18.30 for a 19.00 start
Price: £15
Elizabeth Fremantle has written a number of novels about Tudor and Elizabethan women who were rule breakers. This talk will focus on these disobedient women, Katherine Parr, Lady Katherine Grey, Penelope Devereux, Arbella Stuart to name a few. Elizabeth will explore the unprecedented half-century of female rule through the prism of female disobedience, looking at the ways in which Elizabeth managed to retain her power and the effect of this on the women around her. This all makes fascinating subject matter for discussion. We hope that you agree and that we see you there.

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White Tower Tours
Date: 27 February, doors open 18.15 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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Hampton Court Palace

Meet a State Apartment Warder in the Members’ Room
Dates: 17 December, 14 January, 10 February, 11 March and 6 April – 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: 14 December, 18 January, 15 February and 15 March.
The meetings start at 18.30 and are held in the Clore centre at Hampton Court Palace. Please email members@hrp.org.uk if you would like to be part of the group and receive emails about the books we are discussing.

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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.

23 January: Deirdre Murphy, Senior Curator, will be talking about Matters of national importance: clothing and textiles at the court of Queen Victoria. Hampton Court Palace, taking place in the Garden Room.

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6 February: Viola Niscastro, Treatment Conservator, will be talking about Conservation of the Queen Anne Throne Canopy. Hampton Court Palace, taking place in the Garden Room.

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20 March: Ian Franklin, State Apartment Warder, will be talking about Behind the Scenes at Hampton Court Palace, taking place in the Garden Room.

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24 April: Polly Putman, Collections Curator, will be talking about Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, taking place in the Garden Room

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All the lectures start at 12noon and tickets are £6, including a light lunch buffet. Please note these lunchtime events are extremely popular so please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Members’ Annual Carol Service in the Chapel Royal (sold out)
Date: 20 December starting at 19.30
Price: £10 for adults, £7.50 for children over 5
Firmly established as an annual tradition in the Historic Royal Palaces’ calendar, the Members only carol service is truly an occasion fit for a king – or queen! Join the choir of the Chapel Royal and warm up those vocal chords for a very special service in Christmas week. This event is extremely popular and the Chapel Royal has limited capacity. Booking is essential and the event is only open to Members of Historic Royal Palaces. 

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Please call 0203 166 6327 to be put on the waiting list


Banqueting House

Member-only tours of the Banqueting House
Date: 11 and 24 February, 11 and 24 March starting promptly in the Undercroft at 10.00 and 12 noon (all dates are sold out, please call 020 3166 6327 to be put on the waiting list)
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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The Execution of King Charles I
Date: 28 January, two tours starting promptly at 10.00 and 12 noon in the Undercroft (all dates are sold out, please call 020 3166 6327 to be put on the waiting list)
Price: £10
The Banqueting House at Whitehall was central to the Stuart dynasty, its magnificent painted ceiling by Peter Paul Rubens celebrating a monarch’s Divine Right to rule. Join Siobhan Clarke to learn more about the war between King and Parliament and the execution of King Charles I at the Banqueting House on 30 January 1649. Find out what happened to the regicides – the men who challenged Divine Right and dared to kill a king.

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Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace Luncheons hosted by Jascot’s Wine Merchants
Dates: 8 December and 9 February (sold out) starting at 12 noon
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.

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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

Kew Palace closed for the winter 2 October 2016 and reopens on 1 April 2017. Use your membership card to receive 10% off the entry fee to enter Kew Gardens.


 

Partnership Events

(all rehearsals are sold out, please call 020 3166 6327 to be put on the waiting list)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment rehearsals. We are delighted to be able to offer the following two Open Rehearsals to HRP members. They are very different programmes and fall in the first and second half of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s (OAE) season. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. For more information about the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment please visit their website

Open Rehearsal: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1-3 (sold out)
Date: 9 December, 14.00-17.00
Price: Free, spaces are limited
Location: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
This festive spectacular involves two big OAE firsts. It’s their first trip to gorgeous Cadogan Hall, and renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki’s debut with the Orchestra. Performed over two nights, this monumental retelling of the Christmas story is Baroque music at its finest and most ambitious. Come and join us at the final rehearsal of Christmas Oratorio Parts 1-3 which the Orchestra will be performing later the same evening.

Open Rehearsal: Faust and the Mozart Concertos (sold out)
Date: 18 April, 14.00-17.00
Price: Free, spaces are limited
Location: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX
International star violinist Isabelle Faust wowed audiences in her “Look! No Conductor!” concert in 2012. She’s back for more with a double dose of Mozart at this concert. Isabelle also explores a Haydn symphony, La passione, with a lightness of touch and emotional depth that make for compelling listening. Come and join us for one of the final Open Rehearsals of the season at OAE residency: The Royal Festival Hall.

 


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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