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Banqueting House

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Address: Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER , England
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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This revolutionary building, the first in England to be designed in a...

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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Very good place to see

It's one very large room that is superb architecturally and with the most amazing ceiling this side of the Vatican. Well worth a visit. If it wasn't for the short video before... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's one very large room that is superb architecturally and with the most amazing ceiling this side of the Vatican. Well worth a visit. If it wasn't for the short video before you go in and the excellent audio guide, both of which are included in the small admission price, I would not have felt it was worth going to,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Outstandingly restored this fascinating build holds a world of interesting surprises. The staff were very informative and helpful. Excellent one to slip into.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Not a lot to see inside, however the ceilings are amazing and the history film and audio tour guide make the visit well worth while. Relaxing in the bean bags looking at the ceilings and listening to the tour guide audio added to the experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended a Reception this evening at Banqueting House in Whitehall. It really is a very impressive venue for anyone looking to stage a high-profile event but - as the main Hall is spacious - it's essential to secure a good turnout! Probably not the cheapest of options for such an event but, undoubtedly, one of the best in London.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You are give an audio guide which is essential if you are going to get the most out of the visit. They come is several languages. There is also a 10 minute film to watch. It is the place where Charles the second was beheaded. Fantastic Rubens pictures on the ceiling.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed my visit, there is a short film explaining the history which was worth watching. Then upstairs for the amazing room with the Rubens ceiling. They provide bean bags to lie in while gazing upwards. Loved it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Beautiful venue with stunning Reubens and the opportunity to eat where Henry Eighth once banqueted. A venue steeped in history. However, the food didn't compare with the surroundings and was tasteless. Still it was a privilege to be there and an occasion not to be forgotten!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

The Banqueting House is all that remains of the original Whitehall Palace complex which burnt down in 1698. It is a magnificent big hall built around 1620, with fantastic Rubens ceiling paintings. There is a very interesting video in the cellar area about its origins and use before you go upstairs with the audio guide. To listen to the whole... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This isn't that well sign posted from Whitehall so make sure you don't walk past. It costs £5 to get in and for this you get access to the main Banqueting Hall and can watch a short film. There's not loads to see but it's interesting. Definitely get the free audio guide, it explains loads of the history of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I have to say I have wanted to visit this location for a while and finally got the chance to with my two children and partner. Everything is clearly explained and although there isn't enough of the large cushions to lay on in my opinion the ones that were there offered a great view of the ceiling. The ceiling is... More 

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