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Ancient Rome in Whitehall

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.

A revolutionary building

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

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Join Siobhan Clarke at the Banqueting Hall for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.

27 October (fully booked) and 4 November (fully booked)

Banqueting House
A family looking at pigments at an object handling table

Fun filled activity days for families the last Saturday of every month at Kensington Palace.

28 October, 25 November, 16 December

Kensington Palace
Wedding photography in the Privy Garden

Looking for a wedding venue? Explore the unique spaces at Hampton Court Palace.

22 October - 22 October 2017

Hampton Court Palace

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Inspired by the delft ceramic collection of Queen Mary, this fine bone china tea for one set is perfect for afternoon tea.

Queen Mary delft bone china tea for one

The design of this tea for one set is inspired by the ceramic collection of Queen Mary II, a keen collector of Chinese porcelain and Delftware.

£75.00

Exquisite tea light holders in fine bone china, inspired by the ceramic collection of Queen Mary II.

The Triumph of Delft tea light holder

Exquisite tea light holders in fine bone china, inspired by the ceramic collection of Queen Mary II.

£50.00