The Banqueting House

Activity code: BAH

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  • The only complete building of the old Whitehall Palace to have survived.
  • The Banqueting house was built for occasions
  • Has seen many plays performed within, grand balls & masques staged
  • As well as traditional banquets laid out for important guests.
  • One of the finest venues in London for both royal and high society functions.


Banqueting House
This revolutionary building, the first in England to be designed in a Palladian style by Inigo Jones and completed in 1622, was intended for the splendour and exuberance of court masques, the Banqueting House is probably most famous for one real life drama: the execution of Charles I which took place here in 1649 to the ‘dismal, universal groan’ of the crowd.

One of Charles’s last sights as he walked through the Banqueting House to his death was the magnificent ceiling, painted by Peter Paul Rubens in 1630-4.

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Additional Information

Please Note:

  • Students must have a valid ID in order to use student pricing
  • The attraction may be subject to closure at short notice.
  • Concession price is also applicable to full-time students subject to a valid student ID card

Venue Information:
The Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1A 2ER
Nearest Train Station: Charing Cross
Nearest Underground: Westminster, Embankment or Charing Cross
Bus Routes: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 77A, 88 or 159

Golden Tours act as an official agent for these activities, as such you are subject to the terms and conditions of the supplier.


Monday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm (last entry is 30 minutes before closing time)

Please note the Closing Time:

  • 31 December - closing at 3.00pm - last ticket at 3.15pm
  • 24 - 26 December & 1 January - Closed