Banqueting House, London
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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This is well worth the money to get into. It is a self directed tour and you could spend two hours there with no problem. There are bean bags all around the floor with you can recline in and listen to... read more »
I brought a group of fifteen mentally and physically handicapped to the Hall and enjoyed the trip however physical access to upstairs and it's wonderful ceiling was impossible for some . I understand ... read more »
We visited on the way back from Westminster Abbey and was very pleased that The Banquet House was not at all crowded and we were able to enjoy the fabulous banqueting hall and the wonderful Ruben’s ce... read more »
I went down there not knowing what to expect, but I was so pleasantly surprised. This is such a fantastic piece of architecture and painting. I would recommend anyone who loves architecture to to visit this place
Whan Woong Kim
You can lie down on a bean bag right in front of the throne! If you need a moment of rest and quiet in one of London's busiest areas, this is the place to go!
It's a small scale experience, but an enjoyable one with lots of English history associated with it and a masterpiece for a ceiling. A great choice if you are in the area and have an hour or two.
stunning and not to miss. rembrandt's ceiling is breathtaking
Wonderful historic building where the 1% get to eat. They don't take reservations unless you're a visiting head of state though...
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