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

Rubens ceiling at Banqueting House

Rubens' ceiling

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

Still from the Gigapixel app at Banqueting House, which displays the Rubens ceiling in super close-up detail using new Gigapixel super-zoom technology. Showing close-up of The Apotheosis of James I
Things to see

Get an artists' eye view of Rubens' ceiling, down to the level of individual brush strokes added during its creation in the 17th century.

Daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.