Banqueting House

Discover a royal masterpiece and home of the Rubens ceiling

Discover a royal masterpiece and home of the Rubens ceiling

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Rubens ceiling at Banqueting House

Rubens' ceiling

Marvel at Sir Peter Paul Rubens' ceiling in its original setting of Inigo Jones' spectacular Banqueting House.

Exterior of Banqueting House with Whitehall in the foreground under a blue, partially cloudy sky
Things to see Highlights

Walk in the footsteps of the condemned King and stand on the spot of Charles I's execution, just outside Banqueting House.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Things to see Highlights

Experience James I's breathtaking Banqueting Hall, created in 1622 as a venue for extravagant Jacobean entertainments.

Open daily

Banqueting House

1 hour

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Arches lit by candlelight in the Undercroft of Banqueting House Whitehall, London
Things to see

Explore the vaulted drinking den beneath the Banqueting House, which was used by James I for decadent royal parties.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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

Members go free

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James I presented as a imposing monarchical presence, the orb in his left hand and the sceptre in his right, crowned and sporting the collar and badge of the Order of the Garter

James I and Anne of Denmark

The first Stuart king of England and his queen

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

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

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Our monument, your moment

Celebrate your love at the magnificent Banqueting House.