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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. See Banqueting House and all London has to offer by arranging your trip with our London sightseeing app .
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  • I have been meaning to visit the Banqueting House in Whitehall for many years. It is certainly not an "all day" attraction but a real corker! There is an excellent introductory film in the undercroft ...  more »
  • I bought tickets online for a specific date for £4.50. When I arrived, the house was closed and the staff at the door simply told me to get in touch online. Visitor Services told me they'd be glad to ...  more »
  • White Hall isn't a must for those with little time but a worthwhile visit (about an hour). Quiet place (Westminster tube station) and with a low cost (£ 6.50 5.50/audioguide included) allows you to immerse yourself in London of King Charles 1° and splendour of those times. Rubens and his paintings do the rest. It may seem bare, when compared to other Royal residences, but as soon as you look up at the ceiling we remain amazed!! And even more listening to the information from the audio-guide. I mean ... even for the visitor hit and run that don't want to spend a fortune to see Hampton Court or Windsor or the Queen's Galleries can be a surprising surprise ' in Central London.
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  • Another little jewel near Buckingham Palace. I highly recommend the interesting and informative Audio Guide, which takes about 1 hour, as it tells you about each painting as well as the history of the Banqueting House. Also, take advantage of the bean bags to look at the Rubens ceiling.
  • Prepare for an interesting 10 minutes documentary followed by 40+ minutes of elaborate audio guide on some 30+ points. The ceiling paintings by Rubens are the pinnacle of the tour. The sitting inside is very comfortable. You can rest on many cushions and just watch the interior and listen to stories. Also do chat to the members of staff. They are very knowledgeable and chatty. Renting of the place is very affordable so one can have wedding dinner for his children etcetera.
  • Easily missed for more important sites. We loved laying around on the convenient bean bag chairs on the floor, gazing 55 ft up at the amazing Rubins painted ceiling 400 years old.
  • There are not many places that encourage you to lie on the floor on a bean bag and take in the ceiling. That's what makes this place exceptional. Could do with some more kids bits and events suited to entertain all but an hour well spent!
  • Popular historic building for holding functions. Rubens paintings on the main dining hall celeing. Charles I walked onto the scaffold to be executed outside of here.

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