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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
Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER, England
+44 844 482 7777
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An informative video to start off which wets the whistle. Upstairs is the room. Don't be disappointed that it is just one room. Take your audio guide, find a bean bag, lay back and look at the roof. Such a cool way to see it!

Thank Sarndra O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free audio guide with ticket...i’m a historic royal palace member, so no entrance fee. A short video about the history of this place is presented on ground floor...finish this head upstairs and see the room. Good to have cosy beany chairs (sofa/ couch whatever you...More

Thank JIBP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This certainly is a unique place, has a rich history, and does't take long to get the full tour. Worth a stop. Free with London pass, but not expensive if you're paying out of pocket. The ceiling paintings are worth the price for sure. The...More

Thank onecatshort
Reviewed 29 November 2017

While not a large palace, the Banqueting House is all that remains of Whitehall Palace. The ceilings are stunning and the room's grandeur is to be admired. Grab an audioguide as it makes all the difference to your visit. When purchasing your ticket, they will...More

2  Thank ErinShelley
Reviewed 20 November 2017

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

2  Thank Glenn A
Reviewed 14 November 2017

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 13 November 2017

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 November 2017

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.

1  Thank Snot_Finder
Reviewed 30 October 2017

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 30 October 2017

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
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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
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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.