Banqueting House

 
 
ADDRESS
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2ER 
 
TELEPHONE
 
OPENING TIMES
Often closes at short notice for functions.
 
PRICES
£5 (Adult), £4 (Pensioners), £4 (Students), FREE (Under 16s)
 

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Banqueting HouseIn its heyday Banqueting House (the only surviving section of Whitehall Palace) was the largest royal palace in Europe and continues to host many royal and social occasions. The palace originally started life in the 14th century as one of the Archbishop of York's homes. A devastating fire in the early 1600s led to the edifice being rebuilt by Inigo Jones. Due to its isolated position, the Banqueting House survived a second subsequent fire, which razed the rest of the palace to the ground and it eventually became a royal chapel. From Henry VIII to James I, the building echoes with royal connections, the most sinister of which has to be hosting the execution of Charles I during the English Civil War. Charles II marked his restoration to the throne here 20 years later. The building is as architecturally significant as it is historically celebrated, introducing as it did a delicate Italianate Renaissance style unmatched in Jacobean society. It was the first building in England to use crown glass in its windows, while the fabulous Ruben's ceiling painting, commissioned by Charles I, is the only Rubens scheme painted by him to remain in its original position.

 

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Opening and closing times for Banqueting House

Today (Wednesday) Banqueting House closes at 17.00

Monday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Tuesday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Wednesday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Thursday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Friday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Saturday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Sunday:

Closed
 
 

LondonTown.com - Banqueting House Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Westminster Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Charing Cross Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
19 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
4 minutes walk
 
St Martins Lane NCP
 
8 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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