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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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  • Was so looking forward to going here but was so disappointed to find it was one room ! The ceiling is fantastic but it doesn't make up for paying £5.50 each to see it. We had allowed an hour and half ...  more »
  • Glad we get free access with our royal palaces membership otherwise I would be annoyed paying £12 each to get in. It's basically one room, with earphones to listen to the history, which by the way is ...  more »
  • Yeah pretty impressive ceiling, but £5.50 for one room, rip off I reckon. Then wanted more money to go somewhere else, I don't think so.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • A small, but surprisingly interesting museum. Loved lying down on the beanbags, looking at the beautiful ceiling while listening to the interesting audio guide. Highly recommend!
  • Lovely building to visit. Very interesting audio guide available. Well worth a visit.
  • Great hall, specially when it's open weekend and its free. The actual hall with its ceiling is dramatic and so well preserved. Spend a good 20 mins looking at the ceiling.

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