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Banqueting House

Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER, England
+44 844 482 7777
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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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Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER, England
+44 844 482 7777
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a most marvellous experience! Only one room is to be visited - and the best position is lying on the floor. You willl be taken with the audioguide through the installation of the artwork in short steps, with possibility to dig deeper while...More

Thank ldeschouw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw a poster on the underground and decided to see what it was about. This interactive tour around Whitehall Palace was such fun and so very different. We had 2 children (9 and 11) with us and the did the children's version and also...More

Thank Sheryn J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This elegant banqueting hall is a unique masterpiece due to the Palladian style of its columns, designed by Inigo Jones, and the stunning ceiling, painted by the Flemish artist Rubens. Only £6 for the entrance fee and you'll access the historic and stylish hall where...More

Thank VincenzaRosaria
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked "The Lost Palace" evening tour. This is an interactive walk around Banqueting House and then inside. You listen to the sounds of history through headphones and carry a device that allows you to interact with various objects along the way. A theatrical experience.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Banqueting House ceiling by Sir Peter Paul Ruben masterpiece from the golden age of painting, and one of London's most awe-inspiring sights. The staff here are very welcoming, friendly and inviting. Plenty of space to relax and chill out and enjoy the art work...More

Thank beautiful12017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning building, well worth exploring it's history. The audio guides are great and vital to get the full experience.

Thank Ledra0611
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love the Banqueting House as it not only provides interesting history with the execution of King Charles I, but it also offers a view of the Rubens ceilings. Grab an audio guide and head up stairs. Find an empty beanbag and settle in for...More

Thank TravelingSpinsterTA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lost Palace is an amazing experience which takes you back in time and lets you discover the hidden history of Westminster. It's incredibly well made and it was very enjoyable visiting it with friends. I can't recommend it enough.

1  Thank Jim R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While there is really only the one room to see here, it's an impressive space. The mirror stands, and bean bags really allow you to spend time to admire the immense work on the ceiling. Compared to some other places with immense works, this was...More

1  Thank sande66232
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hadn't realised that this massive palace used to fill the area. The lost palace tour is great fun and takes you outside with on an audio tour. you are asked to do some things that get the tourists intrigued and asking you questions. Very...More

Thank Johncobham
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a
grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to
start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster
Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square,
and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham
Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just
up the road as well. As captivating as the
architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are
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19 February 2017|
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Response from Ken G | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely no problem the frescos and paintings are incredible in fact they have mirrors on the floor to picture ceiling. Well worth visit
1 September 2016|
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Response from swb01 | Reviewed this property |
We used the London pass but there was no line it only took a couple mins to visit and there were only a few people inside. So I would recommend just purchasing entry once you arrive.