Banqueting House architecture

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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

Detail of The Queen's Drawing Room at Hampton Court Palace with Queen Anne in the centre surrounded by personified virtues.
Families Highlights

Explore the baroque palace and decide if you could be a royal favourite.

Until 05 April 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily at 11:45, 13:15 and 14:45 (15:15 from 29 Mar - 05 Apr) in Clock Court. Duration 40 minutes.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Sculpture of a polar bear
Things to see

Discover why exotic animals were kept at the Tower of London and see how they lived in the Royal Menagerie.

Open daily

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Costumed guide tour by Henry VIII in Base Court
Tours and talks

Take an introductory tour with one of our costumed guides through the courtyards of Hampton Court Palace.

Until 05 April 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily at 11:00 (and 14:00 from 29 Mar - 05 Apr) in Base Court. Duration 30 minutes.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Packed with fascinating history and colour photographs, ‘Discover the Banqueting House’ is the essential guide to your visit.

Official Banqueting House guidebook

Packed with fascinating history and colour photographs, ‘Discover the Banqueting House’ is the essential guide to your visit.

£4.99

An authoritative history of London's palaces by David Souden, Lucy Worsley and Brett Dolman. Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Royal Palaces of London

An authoritative history of London's palaces by David Souden, Lucy Worsley and Brett Dolman. Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales.

£17.95

Royal coat of arms tapestry cushion

Royal coat of arms tapestry cushion

This tapestry cushion depicts the Royal coat of arms which is the official coat of arms of the British monarch.

£50.00