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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 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the great buildings of Whitehall which is an amazing building. It is not always open but do yourself a favour and find out when you can visit.

Thank RobininBRISTOL
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

That was on a Thursday afternoon (make sure you do check the website as it is frequently closed for events) so instead I visited today (a Saturday). While I'll never know how busy it would have been on a weekday afternoon, today was very quiet...More

1  Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Attended a private dinner at the Banqueting House. The inside of the house and the superb ceilings are well worth the trip. The banquet room was exquisite.

Thank Loveacorona
Reviewed 17 April 2017

The only surviving in-situ painting by Rubens can be viewed here. Large bean-bag chairs are available to make viewing easier as well as mirror tables. Staff are very helpful.

Thank EvelynHamilton_NJ
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Leaders who think that they are all powerful and don’t need to connect with their citizens should remember the fate of King Charles I who was executed in front of the Banqueting House in Whitehall at around 2pm on Tuesday, 30 January 1649. The Banqueting...More

2  Thank Ian C
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

I read some other person's review with wry amusement. "Some paintings", refers to Rubens' magnificent ceiling. This remaining element of what was once the largest Palace in Europe is steeped in Royal and Commonwealth history. The focal point must be the ceiling panels, the beanbags...More

1  Thank James M
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Beautifully proportioned building with stunning ceiling. Start with viewing the 10-15 min introductory video before visiting the Hall. Very small shop. Not alot of time needs to be spent here.Tickets can be booked and bought in advance. Lots of interesting places to visit nearby.

Thank Jasmine2
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Visited as part of day out in London. The ceiling is amazing and probably one of the overlooked masterpieces in London. The bean bags are a nice touch and allow you get a good vantage point while listening to the commentary. Visit and enjoy Peter...More

Thank Agnes W
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We visited this little gem thinking we would be there for a long time but to our surprise we came out after spending only 20/30 mins inside. That said it was worth it to see the spectacular banqueting hall and the 'Rubens' picture ceiling. There...More

1  Thank RamboRoger
Reviewed 6 March 2017

The fact that Charles 1st was beheaded outside alone makes it worth a visit but it is more than that a glimpse of the old palace of Whitehall with its amazing ceiling. Not much to pay not long to visit and bang in the heart...More

Thank adrian1453
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a
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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Is photography allowed?
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
is it best to have a ticket or an e voucher
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.