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Banqueting House, London

4.1
#32 of 142 in Historic Sites in London
Architectural Building Historic Site
The last thing that King Charles I of England saw before his execution, Banqueting House holds an important place in the English architectural genre of banqueting houses. Finished in 1622, this particular banqueting house was the first completed of its kind in a neoclassical style, which served as a turning point in English architecture. Learn more of the building's history in a brief film shown before you enter the main room. Follow an audio guide as you move through the sizeable room. Panels painted by Peter Paul Rubens in 1635 cover the 16.7 m (55 ft) ceiling. Grab a bean bag chair to relax and absorb the exquisite detailing in the artwork as the audio guide provides background information. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Banqueting House by using our London vacation planner.
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  • 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.  more »
  • That was on a Thursday afternoon (make sure you do check the website as it is frequently closed for events) so instead I visited today (a Saturday). While I'll never know how busy it would have been o...  more »
  • Attended a private dinner at the Banqueting House. The inside of the house and the superb ceilings are well worth the trip. The banquet room was exquisite.  more »
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  • We stumbled upon this little gem with the London Pass app and decided to visit. It was definitely worth a stop, the building is magnificent, and the roof mural is amazing. The gentleman on the door was so lovely and we chatted briefly as I was taking a few photos.
  • Super underated place. Most people pass by this architectural gem. Home of some amazing ceiling paintings.
  • Beautiful architecture and canvas paintings. Love the fact they have magnifine mirrors so you can see the paintings on the ceiling clearer. Love the fact you can sit on puffy cushions to listen to all the information on the info phone. Ecspected a little more but if you have an hour or so it's worth it.
  • Beautiful stunning art upstairs took less than 1/2 hour to see everything but quiet oasis in central london is welcomed!
  • The only painted ceiling by Rubens in it's original location. They provide cushions to lay on to admire his masterpiece whilst listening to an excellent audio guide. Superb!

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