The only complete building of the old Whitehall Palace to have survived.
The Banqueting house was built for special occasions and as seen many plays performed within, as well as grand balls & traditional banquets laid out for important guests.
One of the finest venues in London for both royal and high society functions.
Banqueting House: This revolutionary building was the first of its kind in England to be designed in a Palladian style by Inigo Jones and was finally completed in 1622. The Banqueting House was intended for the splendour and exuberance of court masques but is probably most famous for one real life drama: the execution of Charles I which happened at the venue in 1649 to the ‘dismal, and universal groan’ of the crowd. One of the Kings last sights as he was escorted through the Banqueting House to meet his death was the magnificent ceiling, painted by Peter Paul Rubens in 1630-4.
Daily: 10:00am - 5:00pm (last entry is 45 minutes before closing time) Please note the Closing Time: 12 December - closing at 3.00pm - last ticket at 2.15pm 15 December - closing at 1.00pm - last ticket at 12.15pm 16 December - closing at 3.00pm - last ticket at 2.15pm 17 December - closing at 3.00pm - last ticket at 2.15pm 18 December - closing at 4.00pm - last ticket at 3.15pm 31 December - closing at 3.00pm - last ticket at 3.15pm 24 - 26 December & 1 January - Closed 2 - 19 January - The Banqueting House will be closed to the public for maintenance work
Please Note: The attraction may be subject to closure at short notice.
The Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1A 2ER Nearest Train Station: Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Westminster, Embankment or Charing Cross Bus Routes: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 77A, 88 or 159
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