Member events

Member events

As a member of Historic Royal Palaces, enjoy exclusive member-only events all year round.

Member events at Banqueting House

Member-only tours of the Banqueting House
Date: 11 and 24 February, 11 and 24 March starting promptly in the Undercroft at 10.00 and 12 noon.
Price: £10
What happened to Henry VIII’s great Whitehall Palace and what did the early Stuart kings do at the Banqueting House, its last remaining part? Although intended for plays and masques, this building is more famous as the place of execution of King Charles I. Explore its colourful and turbulent history with Siobhan Clarke and climb to the viewing gallery (not open to the public) for a closer look at the magnificent Rubens ceiling – the only one of his works in the world still in its original location.

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The Execution of King Charles I
Date: 28 Jan, two tours starting promptly at 10.00 and 12 noon in the Undercroft.
Price: £10
The Banqueting House at Whitehall was central to the Stuart dynasty, its magnificent painted ceiling by Peter Paul Rubens celebrating a monarch’s Divine Right to rule. Join Siobhan Clarke to learn more about the war between King and Parliament and the execution of King Charles I at the Banqueting House on 30 January 1649. Find out what happened to the regicides – the men who challenged Divine Right and dared to kill a king.

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Please note, Banqueting House is guaranteed to open from 10.00 until 13.00 Monday to Sunday, but we often close in the afternoon at short notice for functions and events.  Please do check here or call 020 3166 6155/6154/6152 for upcoming closures and updates.

Partnership Events

For more information about the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment please visit their website

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment rehearsals
We are delighted to be able to offer the following two Open Rehearsals to HRP members. They are very different programmes and fall in the first and second half of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s (OAE) season. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Open Rehearsal: Christmas Oratorio Parts 1-3
Date: 9 December, 14.00-17.00
Price: Free, spaces are limited
Location: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
This festive spectacular involves two big OAE firsts. It’s their first
trip to gorgeous Cadogan Hall, and renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki’s debut with the Orchestra. Performed over two nights, this monumental retelling of the Christmas story is Baroque music at its finest and most ambitious. Come and join us at the final rehearsal of Christmas Oratorio Parts 1-3 which the
Orchestra will be performing later the same evening.

Open Rehearsal: Faust and the Mozart Concertos
Date: 18 April, 14.00-17.00
Price: Free, spaces are limited
Location: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX
International star violinist Isabelle Faust wowed audiences in her “Look! No Conductor!” concert in 2012. She’s back for more with a double dose of Mozart at this concert. Isabelle also explores a Haydn symphony, La passione, with a lightness of touch and emotional depth that make for compelling listening. Come and join us for one of the final Open Rehearsals of the season at OAE residency: The Royal Festival Hall.

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You can book tickets for members' events online or by calling 020 3166 6327 (unless otherwise stated). Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00-17.00. If buying tickets online please use your login details and click 'buy member events tickets'.

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