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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

... But really, that's about it. Just one big room. Women in their 50s and 60s lying on beanbags listing to audio guides. No banqueting going on. Not even a nibble or a wee snifter. Waste of 6 quid really.

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

it says banqueting HOUSE, we definitely expected more than just one room. yes its a very big room and very beautiful so it is worth seeing it but it is just one room where you sit and listen to 16 small audio tracks. I am glad it was just something to fill in the time and wasting something we went... More 

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Eastcote, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Recently went to Banqueting House with my son. Have walked past it many times and never managed to visit so thought it was about time .Also as my son is learning about the Civil War and this is the site of Charles 1 execution thought it would be a good idea. The audio guide , which is offered to everyone... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

There was really not a lot to see in this place as it really consists of just one large room. The ceiling is the main attraction, painted by Rubens. The audio guide was quite tedious as it goes on forever while you are in this one room. The history of king Charles I and king Henry VIII revolves around the... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The most stunning building in Whitehall. Steps up suit ball gowns, the middle window witnessed regicide and the whole place is wonderful

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Lechlade, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

What a wonderful facility, dining under a roof painted by Rubens and surrounded by so much English history. Everything during our evening in this magnificent building was enchanting, from the delicious food to the entertainment, an experience to remember.

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Wickford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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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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Additional Information about Banqueting House

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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