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Banqueting House, London

(3.9/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Leaders who think that they are all powerful and don’t need to connect with their citizens should remember the fate of King Charles I who was executed in front of the Banqueting House in Whitehall at ...  more »
  • We offer you a 10 minute English video (not sub titled nor resulted in the audioguide). Then we go up, we discover the sumptuous room. But it's the only one. The audioguide in french offers 18 steps that detail this piece, his paintings, its history, its moldings... As nice as the room, stay there for an hour was really too long for me. You can sit on benches or in beanbags. The audio guide is a 'phone' format: we need to paste his ear, not helmet. With children of 8 and 10 years old, one of the 2 has got to step 15, me at 13, the other 2 went to the end. After 45 - 60 minutes.
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  • I read some other person's review with wry amusement. "Some paintings", refers to Rubens' magnificent ceiling. This remaining element of what was once the largest Palace in Europe is steeped in Royal ...  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.