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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 throughout the year for private hire and is open for guided tours on specific dates.

Book tickets for our guided tours.

Members-Only Days

  • Saturday 20 January 2024

Please present your valid Historic Royal Palaces membership card to gain entry. Pre-booking is not required.

Getting here

Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ER

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Guided Tours

December 2023 - February 2024

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

The Execution of Charles I

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

Venue hire

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


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

Support Us

As a self-funding charity, there are several ways you can support us.

Banqueting Hall, showing Viola Nicastro, Historic Royal Palaces treatment conservator, examining a section of the Rubens ceiling canvases (“Apotheosis of James I”) from a scaffolding platform, 12 April 2018. Part of a conservation survey to assess condition.

The ceiling paintings by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) were installed in 1636 and were most likely commissioned by King Charles I in 1629-30.


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.

The Den at Banqueting House Showcase Event 2019. Luxury and exclusive dinner for 40 of our top clients, and potential clients as well as planners and press.

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Conservators examining a portrait hanging on a wall

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