This isn’t a cheap experience – at £5 (for Seniors) for entry really just to one large Banqueting House. But having said that, we spent a fascinating 45 minutes there first watching the informational video about the Palace’s History and then listening to the free audio-guide which is excellent in its range and depth (and offers you very helpful extra features if you want to know more about many aspects of the Hall’s history) The magnificent Rubens ceiling is described and explained in intelligent detail and, as an appealing extra feature, there are large leather bean-bags to loll on as you listen to the audio description and drink your fill (thought they could do with a few more of these to be enough for all wanting them on a busy August Wednesday morning) There are also huge mirrors on castors which you can position to look up at the ceiling panels in more detail.
I pride myself on knowing London well having lived and worked there for many years, but have never visited the Banqueting House before and was very glad to do so. A little over-priced though, I think.
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