Banqueting House will open its doors for an evening of gay drama, drinking and discovery in its famous painted hall.
About the Banqueting HouseThe 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.
Link to Banqueting House's website
Banqueting House Map
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.