History and stories

History and stories

A section of ceiling

Visit the only surviving building of the old Palace of Whitehall. Marvel at the dramatic ceiling by Rubens celebrating the reign of James I ... then see the place where in 1649 Charles was executed.

History of Banqueting House

A history of the Banqueting House's development and a timeline of some of the palace's most significant events.

Palace people

Explore 'Palace people' for profiles, stories and little-known facts about some of England’s famous monarchs and characters associated with Banqueting House.

Historic hotspots

Visit the historic hotspots where dramatic events in the history of Banqueting House unfolded:


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