The Banqueting House
The Banqueting House The Banqueting House

The Banqueting House is the only surviving section of Whitehall Palace - which in its heyday was the largest royal palace in Europe. The palace started life in the fourteenth-century, was seized by Henry VIII in the 1520s then extended it dramatically.

When James I came to the throne (1603) he replaced the dilapidated Banqueting House with a new construction designed for entertaining and holding 'masques'. After a disastrous fire the Banqueting House was immediately rebuilt by the architect Inigo Jones (1622).

Whitehall Palace was destroyed by fire in 1698 and the surviving Banqueting House eventually became a royal chapel.

Today visitors can admire the architecture and the fabulous Ruben's ceiling painting commissioned by Charles I which is the only Rubens scheme painted by him to remain in its original position.

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opening times
Sunday   closed
Monday   10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday   10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday   10.00 - 17.00
Thursday   10.00 - 17.00
Friday   10.00 - 17.00
Saturday   10.00 - 17.00

The Banqueting House
London   SW1A 2ER
+44 (0) 207 839 3787

The Banqueting House The Banqueting House