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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...more
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Just opposite Downing Street the Banqueting House is a gem. The roof with many panels painted off site by Reubens and erected high on the ceiling of the first floor tells allegorical tales. Viewing is made easier by use of bean bags to lie on...More
You don't need long here about 30mins at the most but it is definitely worth a visit. Sit back and take in the stunning roof and learn it's history that surrounds the building. It is only a 5min walk from Downing st and across the...More
OK, so it does not look like a 'palace' but this is the only surviving part of the original Palace of Whitehall - and it doesn't take hours to visit or wear the legs and feet out!
BUT the sense of history here is amazing......More
The Banqueting House 1622 an architectural gem by Inigo Jones is one of the last remnants of the Royal Palace of Whitehall. Charles I commissioned the beautiful painted ceiling to celebrate his father and the union of the English and Scottish Kingdoms.
On your visit...More
The paintings on the ceiling are truely a masterpiece. It's worth a visit. I am wondering how it's like in the evening when the banquet starts. It must be amazing. We wish we could attend one of the banqueting events like the Queen sharing a...More
I'm impressed by the Banqueting House, the only remaining structure from the Whitehall palace fire. The ceiling is amazing and you can still see the original colors at the entrance end of the ceiling. The beanbags are a great touch, and I was so comfortable...More
We visited the Banqueting House recently having previously only seen it on TV, & the reality is far more impressive. We began, in the Undercroft, by watching an interesting video presentation which gives background information on the development of Whitehall in general, & the evolution...More
One step away from the hustle of central london into a wonderful slice of history. Great video to start off proceedings and then the amazing artwork with the great wee Audio Guide. It also has amazing toilets :)
This building is almost opposite Horse Guards Parade. It is a really interesting building and the Banqueting Hall is absolutely beautiful. When you arrive you can have an audio guide which is very informative and there is also a video shown giving the history of...More
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
highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.