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Banqueting House

Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER, England
+44 844 482 7777
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This revolutionary building, the first in England to be designed in a Palladian style by Inigo Jones, was finished in 1622 for James I. Intended for the splendour and exuberance of court masques, the Banqueting House is probably most famous for one real life drama: the execution of Charles I which took place here in 1649 to the ‘dismal, universal groan’ of the crowd. One of Charles’ last sights, as he walked through the Banqueting House to his death, was the magnificent ceiling, painted by Peter Paul Rubens in 1630-4. Banqueting House is the last and only surviving part of Whitehall Palace, once the largest palace in Europe, destroyed by fire in 1698.
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Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER, England
+44 844 482 7777
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Been to London several times and didn't really know that this right in the Whitehall area. It's very much under the radar, but worth a visit. there a lot of history here as this was once the largest Royal Palace in Europe. You can imagine...More

Thank Glenn A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend the interesting and informative audioguide, which takes around 1 hour, as it tells you about each painting as well as the history of the Banqueting House. The beanbags are a great idea as you can lie back and look at the ceiling...More

Thank JuliaD_UK
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for a special event and the place is beautiful!!! I would highly recommend a visit the ceiling art is worth a visit all by itself. See if you can get a tour the information provided to us was awesome and helpful to...More

Thank JTTsports
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this place. It was nearly empty - maybe 5 other people - and you lay in bean bag chairs and stair at the amazing paintings on the ceiling. The audio guide is excellent.

Thank Snot_Finder
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was more than pleasantly surprised from my visit. The entrance fee included an introductory film and free audio tour which brought the place to life. Also, John, one of the volunteers in the great hall, gave us an introduction to the gowns worn at...More

Thank Steve-n-Mags21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here as part of the Royal Palaces. Have visited London a number of times and didn't know this little gem existed until our works social club offered free entry and seen advertisements. But would have paid the £6.50 entry fee anyway well worth it....More

Thank jazzyNewcastle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To be truthful I would have passed up the hall if the admission was not part of the Royal Historic Palaces membership I had for myself and my wife (70 GBP for two people it gets you admission to the Tower, Hampton Court, Kensington, and...More

Thank sanddsheppard
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We visited because my son has been studying Charles I at School. Good presentation explaining the history of the site. Friendly staff. Interesting exhibition downstairs (though potential to do more with this) and superb historical connections.

Thank DrPeterDRobinson
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Having failed to visit the attraction that we intended because of price and crowds we arrived at the Banqueting House . What a wonderful place to visit it proved to be . Reasonably priced and in the hustle and bustle of central London it was...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

A highlight out of all my experiences in London. Not only is the Banqueting House stunning and full of history, the audio guide is excellent. There are comfortable places to sit while you go through the guide. If you listen to the whole thing it...More

Thank marissaosman
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grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to
start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster
Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square,
and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham
Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just
up the road as well. As captivating as the
architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are
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19 February 2017|
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Response from Ken G | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely no problem the frescos and paintings are incredible in fact they have mirrors on the floor to picture ceiling. Well worth visit
2 September 2016|
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Response from swb01 | Reviewed this property |
We used the London pass but there was no line it only took a couple mins to visit and there were only a few people inside. So I would recommend just purchasing entry once you arrive.