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Banqueting House, London

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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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  • I attended a Reception this evening at Banqueting House in Whitehall. It really is a very impressive venue for anyone looking to stage a high-profile event but - as the main Hall is spacious - it's es...  more »
  • You are give an audio guide which is essential if you are going to get the most out of the visit. They come is several languages. There is also a 10 minute film to watch. It is the place where Charles...  more »
  • The Kings ' old banquet hall with a fateful history: it was the self-righteous and totalitarian King Charlesden first beheaded after several years of civil war. -Today's visitors are given an audio guide that offers many languages and incredibly much and well-ordered info for anyone interested in British history, and also want to know the details sometimes, eg. how the beauty and impressive in size Rubensmålningen ended up in the roof. Even the husband who is not really a "Museum types" stayed for a long time, not least because the display is extremely convenient. You can sit, lie or "hang" in bean bag chairs while listening to the audio guide. The Banqueting House is composed only of a hall makes the time required is minimal: about 1 hour for those who want to listen to everything. Note: Banqueting House is also used today in official contexts and closed sometimes during the daytime. Best to check the current opening time on the net!
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  • Very small but laying on the bean bags and staring at the wonderful ceiling and listening to the audio guide was very relaxing
  • Interesting visit. It's useful to get an audio guide, and just lie on the beanbag to listen to it. It gives you fascinating insights on Charles I world, and that Rubens ceiling was definitely worth seeing.
  • Such a let down. If you want to see a good ceiling go to the Painted Hall at Greenwich for FTEE instead... much more impressive.
  • This is a stunning venue for events right in the literal heart of London. The only issue if you a crew worker setting up or derigging here prepare yourself for a workout as it all goes up and down the stairs!
  • This historic place is worth going and taking a look. The painted ceiling is wonderfull.