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Banqueting House

Discover a royal masterpiece and home of the Rubens ceiling

Discover a royal masterpiece and home of the Rubens ceiling

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


Opening times

Banqueting House is available for private hire and open for our Final Open Day in May. Please note the site will close in June 2024 for a period of essential re-servicing, conservation, and maintenance work and we re-open in 2025.

Book tickets for our final open day.

Getting here

Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ER

Discover Banqueting House

Guided Tours

Until May 2024

Discover four centuries of art, architecture and history in one building on a special guided tour.

Venue hire

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

Browse history and stories

The King's Favourite

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

Assistant Curator Minette Butler explores the life of this famous royal favourite and his place among the LGBT+ stories inside our palaces.

The Execution of Charles I

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

Take a closer look at Peter Paul Ruben’s painted masterpiece

Discover the stories depicted in the nine painted panels and secrets of the Banqueting House with Google Arts and Culture. Zoom in to see details of the paintings in incredible detail online.


Discover beautiful commemorative souvenirs and unique gifts inspired by our palaces.

Support Us

As an independent charity, there are several ways you can support us.

Make a donation

Help us to conserve these historic buildings, ensuring they are here for future generations to enjoy. 



Explore our iconic palaces and historic gardens as many times as you like, all year round.

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