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Banqueting House architecture

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

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

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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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Fountain Court, looking west. The courtyard fountain can just be seen through an archway on the left.

Get an expert’s guide of what there is to see and do at each palace with one of our State Apartment Warders at Hampton Court.

21 December 2017. 20 January, 08 February and 10 March 2018

Hampton Court Palace

Member only Tours and talks

Tours begin at 11:00 and 14:00

Discover masterpieces by Rembrandt, Holbein, van Dyck, and many more when you visit the Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Highlights Things to see
Photograph of visitors in the main hall of the Banqueting House

Join Siobhan Clarke to learn more about the war between King and Parliament and the execution of King Charles I

27 January 2018 (sold out)

Banqueting House

Events Member only

Two tours taking place at 10:30 and 12 noon in the Undercroft (sold out)

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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