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Banqueting House

Address: Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER , England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
Phone Number: +44 (0)844 482 7777
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Ranked #207 of 919 Attractions in London
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This revolutionary building, the first in England to be designed in a...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Brighton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

If you walk down Whitehall from Trafalgar Square you are walking where the old Whitehall Palace used to be. The last remaining building is Banqueting House designed by Inigo Jones and proportionally so beautiful you feel like weeping. The keepers of this palace have wisely not cluttered it. This beauty is almost unbearably the home of Ruben's ceiling and if... More 

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Delmar, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We found this royal palace (it was part of the original palace in Whitehall) when we visited London in March. It is well worth the price of admission to look up and see the magnificent ceiling. It was painted by Rubens. Other then that not much to see but the ceiling is stunning.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Have spent many days in London over the years and have never seen this building. Tucked away just off WhiteHall, this Royal Building is small, easy to handle in a short time and has the unique opportunity to lay on bean bags on the floor to look up at the Rubens ceiling. Not much to see but worth a visit... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

There isn't much to see in the Banqueting House but it doesn't cost much to get in. The best thing about the visit was the ceiling. The toilets were very nice. It is well worth a visit if you haven't much time.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Not much to see other than the ceiling. It is beautiful. It's too bad you can't always get inside to see it. We went during the 2014 London Architectural Open House. They had beanbag chairs available to sit and look up at the beautiful mural ceiling. The bathrooms downstairs were pretty nice.

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Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Banqueting House is the only surviving building of Whitehall Palace. It was designed and built for King James I and completed in 1622. It is well known as the execution place of King Charles I in January 1649. In 1698 the rest of Whitehall Palace was destroyed by fire. The Hall within the Banqueting House is the main staple... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is the smallest of the Historical Royal Palaces, but is still worth a visit. The entry fee includes an audio guide and examines the period in royal history of James I and Charles I. Allow yourself about one to one and a half hours to fully experience it. The ceiling is stunning and the only one in existence anywere... More 

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Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The Banqueting House not only enthralled my teenage boys but also myself - The only complete building of Whitehall Palace. Lie on bean bags to admire the amazing Ruben's ceiling while listening to the audio which talks about the perfect mathematical proportions of this room. We stayed here for 2 1/2 hours and still didn't listen to the whole audio... More 

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Windermere, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We had the chance of a lifetime to attend a beautiful event in aid of cancer research hosted by Hard Rock International and the Caron Keating Foundation. The Banqueting House at Whitehall has ceiling to rival the Sistine Chapel, they were painted by Reubens in the early 1600s and are jaw-droppingly beautiful. Wonderful event for a great charity - lucky... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Even though the ''Banquetting House'' (in Whitehall) is only one large room upstairs (with a bit of a café downstairs), it has a fabulous history surrounding it. I only went and had a look because it was part of entry on the ''3 Day London Pass''. I'm glad I did. The Great Fire Of London, The Execution of King Charles... More 

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