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.

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Banqueting House great hall in Whitehall with the throne at the far end of the room, and Rubens decorative painted ceiling above.

Blog: Four Hundred Years of Spectacle and Glamour

This year we mark the 400th anniversary of the building of the Banqueting House, the only surviving portion of the lost Palace of Whitehall.

Former Head of Historic Buildings Jane Spooner tells us more about the very first glamorous event to take place in this magnificent edifice.   

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Banqueting House exterior on Whitehall, London

The Story of Banqueting House

Four hundred years of history and the site of a royal execution.

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.

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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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