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Banqueting House

Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER , England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

This attraction consists of one huge room, all that remains of the old Whitehall Palace. First, you watch a short film, which was interesting. Unfortunately, we were still drying out from having walked through a downpour, it was the middle of the afternoon, and I hate to admit that we may have dozed in places. Following that, you go to... More

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Alsager, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We visited to be honest to fill the time but were surprised at how interesting it was. Just to see the painted ceiling was enough but the audio guide made it more interesting. Do not expect lots of rooms to see but if you have an hour to spare its worth a visit.

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Banqueting House in Whitehall was an amazing building, and the painted ceilings by Rubens exquisite. The only remaining part of Whitehall Palace it is adorned with Charles 1 paintings, but disappointing that there wasn't more history about him, nor references to where his actual execution took place as I am particularly interested in detailed history. "Outside some window" was... More

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Bangalore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Last surviving part of whitehall palace which was one of the largest palace in europe. Entry price is £8pp, you can easily spend one hour inside the hall staring at the ruben ceiling(bean bags available inside) . If you are interested know more of history go ahead with the audio guide. (if u have internet accessible then Google would give... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Worth a visit to view the ceiling painted by Rubens in Antwerp and affixed in situ in London. Great history on the building and area via the included audio guide. Need an hour or so for the visit but bean bags provided to rest and gaze at the ceiling. Worth a visit.

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Billingshurst, West Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

spend an hour (or so) at the Banqueting House in Whitehall.... You could so easily miss this little gem amongst the bustle of Downing Street & Horse Guards, but it's well worth stepping away for. It costs abut £8pp (less if you can get a rail241 deal) (2014 prices) & includes a video introduction & audio tour. If you can,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The Banqueting house is beautiful. I was lucky enough to have the main room all to myself for about half an hour. I lay on the bean bag and stared at the Ruben's ceiling while listening to my audio tour in comfort. The bean bags are a wonderful idea because you don't get a kinked neck from looking at the... More

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Charlotte
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had the London Pass so we went into this when we probably would not have but so glad we did. We were also using it as a nice break from all the people and crowds and it worked wonders since not many people were there. The celings are spectacular and they give you bean bag chairs to sit in... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

In the Banqueting house there are beanbags that allow you to relax while listening to your personal audio guide. The audio guide tells you of the entire history of the first building to its demolition and the reconstruction in brick, talks you through the great works of art in the ceiling and how they came about being hoisted and help... More

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

For lovers of architecture, paintings and general bling in a single place then this is ok. The history is pretty spectacular too, the last murder of a Monarch was committed here

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