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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 today

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.

Thank Jim R
Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank sande66232
Reviewed 2 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

- price £15/person - booked only 1.5 days in advance (quite unusual for London) - great audio experience (never listened to such real sounds/voices) - very creative - pretty ceiling (Banqueting Hall) Tip: - bring an umbrella as it is outside - can even be...More

Thank Denis W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only part of the original palace built before Buckingham that still stands. Used for major ceremonies and often originally used for artistic performances. The Reubens panels on the ceiling are absolutely stunning. Take time to relax (on the floor) and listen to the audio...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Henry VIII's palace, Whitehall, was the name given Cardinal Wolsey's enormously seized complex, and the Banqueting House was built later in the first quarter of the 17th c. for masques and receptions. The weather was grey and beginning to drizzle as we started our afternoon...More

1  Thank AnLily
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped in on a hot day. It was very cool (possibly air conditioned), and had beanbags so you could lay down and look at the ceiling while listening to the great audio guide. It was a welcome break for tired feet and an overheated...More

Thank Stephanie T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The last extant building of Henry the VIII's Whitehall Palace, the Banqueting House was rebuilt by James I and survived the fire which burned the entirety of Whitehall Palace and also escaped WWII bombings. Amazing! The absolute jewel of this location is the Rubens-painted ceiling....More

Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Banqueting House is a breath-taking experience, designed to impress. At first the scattered bean-bags seem at odds with the grand interior, but you soon realise that they are the best way to study the fabulous ceiling paintings. Given that there is just one very opulent...More

1  Thank Rob K
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

One of the great buildings of Whitehall which is an amazing building. It is not always open but do yourself a favour and find out when you can visit.

1  Thank RobininBRISTOL
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
2 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.