I visited with a friend, only because it was part of a "Royal palace pass" that I had won in a raffle. Otherwise, I would not have gone - as I had never heard of it! The title 'Banqeting House' feels a bit deceptive. As a freebie, it was worth going. But there is surprisingly little to see, other than an empty hall, with impressive pillars and very impressive ceiling paintings by Rubens.
We watched the introductory video. In hindsight, we would not have bothered, as everything was repeated in the audio guide, which we found much easier to follow.
Not worth a solo visit, unless you are an art and/or history enthusiast. We really enjoyed the walk around Whitehall and nearby Westminster.
It seems that the marketing people here are trying to raise the profile of the place and to make it a more attractive place to visit (we were stopped by a lady from marketing on our way out, who asked us for our opinions and ideas).
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