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Banqueting House

Address: Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER , England (Westminster)
Phone Number: +44 (0)844 482 7777
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Ranked #281 of 2,399 things to do in London
Type: Architectural buildings, Historic sites, Art museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I really enjoyed my visit here, however you need to know what you are getting yourself in for otherwise you may be tempted to give the Chief Wiggam response I heard in the foyer as two prior viewers were departing; "nothing to see here." This is not a hall in which banquets were held. The interest is really in the... More 

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Millington, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I was here on Jan. 30 for a special ceremony. There is currently scaffolding covering the building because major conservation is being done. After the exterior is done, they will start in on the interior. The results should be splendid.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We've joined Historic Royal Palaces for a year and the Banqueting House is one of the places included. We visited, in true Yorkshire fashion, because we wanted to get our money's worth and we thought it would be quite interesting. We expected to be there 30 mins max but spent over an hour and felt we'd rushed it a bit.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Lovely room and ceiling worth a look and, of course, has historical significance - but other than the impressive hall not a lot to see (however, for the modest price it's worth a look if in the area)

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

There's not a whole lot to see here, it's ALL about the ceiling, which is pretty impressive! If you're an art lover then it's worth a look. If you're a history buff then it's worth a look - Charles I lost his head here! It's also the last surviving bit of Whitehall Palace. There's an interesting short film which explains... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

One of the few buildings open to the public along Whitehall. The Banqueting House - owned by Historic Royal Palaces is the only remaining part of Henry VIII's Whitehall Palace built in 1530. Entry is £6.60 and it is open daily 10am-5pm. It often closes early at 3pm for private functions. It doesn't take long to walk around but is... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

A few reviewers have complained that there isn't much to see here. This place doesn't pretend to be somewhere to spend hours in, the admission price is reasonable and the wonderful ceiling paintings by Peter Paul Rubens must be seen by any lover of art at least once in their life. I took two young relatives from Italy here in... More 

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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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