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Banqueting House, London
(3.9/5 based on 320 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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  • Good value for money especially as an audio is included in the price which gives plenty of information about the hall. The visit starts in the vaulted undercroft with a short introductory film and the...  more »
  • The Banqueting House is all that remains of the Whitehall Royal Palace (circa 1530's) that burned in 1698. The hall, completed in 1622, was used as a venue for extravagant forms of entertainment calle...  more »
  • Near big ben, Westminster abbey, horses wait, ... and therefore often overlooked. You only have half an hour to discover this magnificent building. Beautiful painted ceiling by Rubens. Sure do!
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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.