Originally the property of the Archbishops of York. The Banqueting House was used to provide entertainment for Charles I, and was later the scene of his execution.
After the fire that destroyed Whitehall Palace in 1698, it was used as a chapel until 1890. From 1896 until 1962 the Banquteing House was occupied by the Royal United Services Institute and used as a museum.
Top things to see:
The Rubens ceiling
This masterpiece ceiling painting of Peter Paul Rubens is one of the most famous from a golden age. Enjoy them in their original setting, as kings and courtiers have for hundreds of years.
Banqueting House architecture
The Banqueting House building is one of the first examples of the principles of Palladianism being applied to an English building, and marks the start of a revolution in British architecture.
Explore the Undercroft, originally designed as a drinking den for James I where he could escape the rigors of public life or simply enjoy some private time with his favourite courtiers.
The site of Charles I's scaffold
Although renowned for its architecture, Banqueting House is probably most famous for a significant event, the execution of King Charles I.
Child under 16: Free
Banqueting HouseBanqueting House
London Greater London United Kingdom SW1A 2ER
Last admission 16:15
Closed 24 December - 1 January and Bank Holidays
The Banqueting House closes early on certain days in December. Please see http://www.hrp.org.uk/BanquetingHouse/planyourvisit/openingtimes for detailed December opening hours.