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Banqueting House architecture

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  • Open daily

Ticketing information

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Ancient Rome in Whitehall

Inigo Jones's masterpiece of classical architecture is one of the first examples of the principles of Palladianism being applied to an English building and marks the beginning of a revolution in British architecture.

Having travelled to Italy and seen the buildings of the ancient world, Inigo Jones decided to recreate something of their effect in rainy London.

This was supposed to look like a piece of ancient Rome transposed to Whitehall and the effect was extraordinary.

The building was intended for masques, receptions and entertainments but when the painted ceiling by Peter Paul Rubens was installed in the main hall inside, it fell out of use. The smoke from candles during evening occasions began to damage the paintings, so the parties began to be held elsewhere instead.

This was a revolutionary building in terms of style, as well as being the setting of revolutionary events such as the execution of King Charles I.

Susanne Groom, curator

The Bloody Tower, looking north towards lattice windows. The windows are set in a white-painted brick alcove.

The Bloody Tower was built by King Henry III (1207-72) and was originally named the Garden Tower.
Things to see

Explore the stories of the Princes in the Tower and Sir Walter Raleigh in the infamous Bloody Tower.

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Tower of London

Vertical shot looking straight up at Rubens' Ceiling at Banqueting House Whitehall, London
Highlights Things to see

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

Open daily

Banqueting House

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

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Banqueting House

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration features the iconic White Tower with a silhouetted Tower raven perching at the top of the Tower.

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This sparkling silver luxury White Tower hanging decoration is hand embroidered using the same metal thread work techniques used to sew royal dresses and finery in centuries past.

£10.99

Knight medieval goblet features intricate knight detailing and a highly detailed chain design entwined around the cup

Knight medieval goblet

Knight's medieval goblet features intricate knight detailing and a highly detailed chain design entwined around the cup.

£19.99

Kew Palace luxury embroidered hanging decoration, luxury Christmas ornament depicts the Dutch House of Kew Palace which dates back to 1631

Kew Palace luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This luxury handmade Christmas tree decoration features the design of the front of the Dutch House at Kew Palace on the River Thames in south west London.

£29.99