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About the Banqueting House

The Banqueting House is a grand building in the heart of government, and the only remaining survivor of the old Royal Palace of Whitehall.

Historically famous for being the site of the execution of King Charles I, it is worth visiting for the magnificent Ruben's painted ceiling.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Banqueting House,
Whitehall,
London,
SW1A 2ER

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Fequently asked questions

Who painted the ceiling of the Banqueting House?

The ceiling of the Banqueting House is the only surviving in-situ ceiling painting by Flemish artist, Sir Peter Paul Rubens. The canvases were installed in the hall in 1636.

Was King Charles I killed in Banqueting House?

The King was executed on a saffold errected outside the building and the King used a window in the building to step onto it. A wreath is laid on the last Sunday in January every year in memory of his death.

How long does a visit to Banqueting House last?

Although the main room is visited for the artwork and decoration, there's also a large undercroft with a video and exhibition, so a visit can easily last an hour.

What's the nearest railway station to Banqueting House

The nearest station is Embankment which is 0.2 miles away.


Banqueting House - Latest News

Long Live Queen James at Banqueting House
Long Live Queen James at Banqueting House

Banqueting House will open its doors for an evening of gay drama, drinking and discovery in its famous painted hall.

Banqueting House – last survivor of the Palace of Whitehall
Banqueting House – last survivor of the Palace of Whitehall

It looks just like yet another government building from the outside, yet this is in fact the last survivor of the Palace of Whitehall, witness to the death of a King and home to a Rubens masterpiece.

Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall
Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall

If you wander around the streets of Whitehall at the moment, you might bump into a few rather odd looking objects.

Large ceremonial parade in Whitehall on Sunday morning
Large ceremonial parade in Whitehall on Sunday morning

This Sunday morning, an spectacular sight will greet anyone in central London as roughly 500 members of the King’s Army of the English Civil War Society will march along The Mall to a muster in Horseguards.

Look out for the English Civil War march on Sunday
Look out for the English Civil War march on Sunday

This Sunday, a spectacular sight will greet anyone in central London as roughly 500 members of the King’s Army of the English Civil War Society will march along The Mall and muster in Horseguards.

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