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The latest venue to offer itself to the creative event industry is Jewel Tower opposite the Houses of Parliament.

Where is it? The Jewel Tower is directly opposite the Houses of Parliament and minutes away from the River Thames.

What is it? Built in 1365 as a personal treasure house for Edward III, the Jewel Tower, or King's Privy Wardrobe as it was originally called, is one of only two buildings remaining from the original Palace of Westminster that survived the fire of 1834. The medieval tower features an original ribbed vault and the remains of a moat and medieval quay.

What's it got? The tower has two atmospheric rooms, each able to hold up to 30 for a reception or theatre-style event, or 24 for a dinner. Clients can hire the venue exclusively, using one room or both. It is the ideal setting for intimate events including dinners, drinks receptions, launches and even ministerial briefings. The Speaker's Room allows guests to party alongside an exhibition of the history of parliament, and the King's Chamber offers medieval studded windowed doorways and an original fireplace.

Anything else? Event organisers are guaranteed service by top suppliers, with the same high standards that English Heritage applies at all its historic properties available for hire, including nearby Wellington Arch.

Who's been there?The long and illustrious history of the Jewel Tower, its location, and the fact that the venue is extremely well-known by politicians and news correspondents, means that it is being lauded by many blue-chip companies clamouring to find a new party space in the capital.

How do I get there? Westminster is the closest tube station, while Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo stations are one mile away.

Who should I talk to? For details on the Jewel Tower call English Heritage hospitality manager Jane Coughlan on (020) 7973 3292 or email

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