The Banqueting House is closed to the public for planned conservation work - it will re-open on 20 April 2018.
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.
Join historian Lucy Worsley to find out all about the world’s most famous divorce!
21 April 2018
Tower of London
Doors open at 13.45 for a 14.00 start
Step into the dangerous declining years of Henry’s VIII’s reign. Choose your enemies, choose your friends, but choose wisely.
Daily until 15 April 2018
Hampton Court Palace
11:00, 12:45, 14:30
Join Siobhan Clarke at the Banqueting Hall for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.
21 (sold out) and 27 July (12pm tour sold out) 2018
Starting promptly in the Undercroft at 10:30 and 12:00