Banqueting House

Discover a royal masterpiece and home of the Rubens ceiling

Discover a royal masterpiece and home of the Rubens ceiling

Updated 12 June. As a result of the Coronavirus global pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to close Banqueting House until March 2021. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause. Please read our statement

Admire the epic Rubens' ceiling and discover the site of Charles I’s execution at Banqueting House, Whitehall.

Banqueting House set up with tables for an event. Image:

Venue hire at Banqueting House

Discover our spaces to hire in this magnificent central London venue.

Main Hall of Banqueting House with red canopy of state at the far end

Members go free

Escape to the past whenever you want when you join us today.

Enjoy unlimited adventures at our palaces, a 10% discount in our shops and cafés, and exclusive events when you become a member of Historic Royal Palaces.

Close up of a conservator looking at Ruben's painted ceiling

How you can help

We are facing serious financial challenges as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. With a £98 million shortfall in our finances this year, we need your support now more than ever, to sustain the charity through this difficult period.

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Charles I (1600-1649), The young prince wears a russet satin gown with hanging sleeves, trimmed with velvet, embroidered with gold thread and lined with lynx fur.   Sir Anthony van Dyck, Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The execution of Charles I

Charles I was convicted of treason and executed on 30 January 1649 outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall.

Support us

We are a charity and there are several ways you can support us.

A conservator inspects a panel of the Rubens ceiling depicting James I at the Banqueting House, Whitehall

Make a donation

Help us to conserve these historic buildings, ensuring they are here for future generations to enjoy. We raise all our own funds and depend on your support.

Volunteer with us

Volunteers support the palaces in many different ways. See what roles we have available and register your interest.

Lucy Worsley, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, speaks at a reception

Become a patron

Step closer to history and join us for unique and amazing events as a patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

The baroque main hall of the Banqueting House laid out as a theatre-style event with the red chair of state at the far end

Conference and meeting room hire

Our conference and meeting rooms can host to up to 380 guests. The awe inspiring interiors are an ideal backdrop for your special event.