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Banqueting House

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Banqueting House Entrance Ticket in London
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Banqueting House Entrance Ticket in London
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This revolutionary building, the first in England to be designed in a Palladian style by Inigo Jones, was finished in 1622 for James I. Intended for the splendour and exuberance of court masques, the Banqueting House is probably most famous for one...more
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Whitehall Palace Whitehall | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER, England
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stopped here en route from Churchill War Rooms to National Portrait Gallery. Audio guide and video intro provided an interesting history of the building. It’s really just one big room, but the Rubens ceiling was impressive.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NJTraveler95
Reviewed 11 December 2018

I loved the art paintings on the ceiling in here, it felt like i was in a huge art drawing 'lol', The main room isn't that big but big enough to have a ballroom and a banquet fit for a king. sadly this is where...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 27 November 2018

Just opposite Downing Street the Banqueting House is a gem. The roof with many panels painted off site by Reubens and erected high on the ceiling of the first floor tells allegorical tales. Viewing is made easier by use of bean bags to lie on...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Robert B
Reviewed 20 November 2018

We booked and paid online. Easy to get to. Fascinating history. Excellent free talk by one of the guides. Audio Guide included in the price of entry. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Freezer49
Reviewed 13 November 2018

You don't need long here about 30mins at the most but it is definitely worth a visit. Sit back and take in the stunning roof and learn it's history that surrounds the building. It is only a 5min walk from Downing st and across the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank MelBTravelblog
Reviewed 7 November 2018

OK, so it does not look like a 'palace' but this is the only surviving part of the original Palace of Whitehall - and it doesn't take hours to visit or wear the legs and feet out! BUT the sense of history here is amazing......More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

The Banqueting House 1622 an architectural gem by Inigo Jones is one of the last remnants of the Royal Palace of Whitehall. Charles I commissioned the beautiful painted ceiling to celebrate his father and the union of the English and Scottish Kingdoms. On your visit...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MartinChieGeorgina
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

The paintings on the ceiling are truely a masterpiece. It's worth a visit. I am wondering how it's like in the evening when the banquet starts. It must be amazing. We wish we could attend one of the banqueting events like the Queen sharing a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Hereandther
Reviewed 12 October 2018

I'm impressed by the Banqueting House, the only remaining structure from the Whitehall palace fire. The ceiling is amazing and you can still see the original colors at the entrance end of the ceiling. The beanbags are a great touch, and I was so comfortable...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank shark1977
Reviewed 10 October 2018

We visited the Banqueting House recently having previously only seen it on TV, & the reality is far more impressive. We began, in the Undercroft, by watching an interesting video presentation which gives background information on the development of Whitehall in general, & the evolution...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just
up the road as well. As captivating as the
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19 February 2017|
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Response from keng191 | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely no problem the frescos and paintings are incredible in fact they have mirrors on the floor to picture ceiling. Well worth visit
2 September 2016|
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Response from swb01 | Reviewed this property |
We used the London pass but there was no line it only took a couple mins to visit and there were only a few people inside. So I would recommend just purchasing entry once you arrive.