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Banqueting House

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Address: Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER , England
Phone Number: +44 (0)844 482 7777
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Description: 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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I visited the Banquetting house as it was one of the places on my Historic Royal Palaces pass and I was passing with my daughter. I wasn't expecting much other than to be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

As members of the Historic Royal Palaces, our visit was free - so excellent value. We collected our free audio guide at the entrance and went upstairs to admire the Rubens ceiling. The audio guide gave a huge amount of information about the art work and the political history of the Banqueting House. Plenty of seats, plus lots of huge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a hidden gem. Found this by chance when visiting Horse guards Parade. It is across the road from where the soldiers are on sentry duty on horseback. It is a beautiful building. On entry we had our bags searched by an efficient but friendly gentleman but the guy in the ticket office looked like he was fed up... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I visited the Banquetting house as it was one of the places on my Historic Royal Palaces pass and I was passing with my daughter. I wasn't expecting much other than to be disappointed. But I wasnt. It was a really good couple of hours. I loved lying down on giant beanbags listening to the talk on the handset. A... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

What a find! I had originally not intended to come here except that I got a free ticket - so glad I had come. Even if you don't get a free ticket, prices are not expensive with children under 16 coming in for free and adults only 6 odd pounds. So you can look at it is as a big... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

this is a small but really nice stop in London. it is not only beautiful but it is so very peaceful. we spent about one hour there and it was just wonderful

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Fabulous house, the ceiling is magnificent. Lie on one of the pouffe' sin the room to get the most out of the sights on the ceiling. Well worth the visit and the information on the hand held was invaluable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Liked the fact that you could lie back in beanbags and listen to the commentary at your own pace. Ceiling fascinating. A must for anyone who watched Wolf Hall.

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Gatwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A fascinating building with some historic events. Listen to the audio tour whilst looking at the ceiling paintings.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

This is our second visit to London and The Banqueting House never stood out as a must see or as one of the iconic things to see in London. Curiosity got the better of us and as we were around the area, we popped in, using our London Pass. The introductory video was very informative and assisted in providing the... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Having joined historical royal palaces, we made this our first visit using the pass. What a ceiling, to think it was painted by Reuben's and transported to England. A part of London we had not discovered before, the hall is breathtaking, and the history is fantastic. The place where Charles 1st was executed!

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Address: Address: Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER , England
Phone Number: +44 (0)844 482 7777
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Westminster
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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