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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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  • The fact that Charles 1st was beheaded outside alone makes it worth a visit but it is more than that a glimpse of the old palace of Whitehall with its amazing ceiling. Not much to pay not long to visi...  more »
  • Place little known for the majority of tourists visiting London. Located in Westminster, between Trafalgar Square and the Parliament, is a building that is it only that was of the old palace of Whitehall, residence real built by Henry VIII. It's a great Hall of receptions that impresses by its proportions and, above all, panels that decorate the ceiling by Rubens. To be little frequented by tourists, the environment is especially relaxing and evocative. Audio guide excellent. Very recommended, I would say that indispensable.
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  • We visited in Feb 17 after the restoration of the ceiling. We used the Days out in London 2 for 1 offer through our rail company and this made the visit good value. It included audio guides which brou...  more »
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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.