Historic Royal Palaces
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check our upcoming planned closures.
Marvel at Sir Peter Paul Rubens' ceiling in its original setting of Inigo Jones' spectacular Banqueting House.
Included in palace admission (members go free)
Walk in the footsteps of the condemned King and stand on the spot of Charles I's execution, just outside Banqueting House.
Experience James I's breathtaking Banqueting Hall, created in 1622 as a venue for extravagant Jacobean entertainments.
Get an artists' eye view of Rubens' ceiling, down to the level of individual brush strokes added during its creation in the 17th century.
Join us in the Main Hall of Banqueting House for our Hidden History talks, interpreted by our British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters.
First Saturday of every month
Explore the vaulted drinking den beneath the Banqueting House, which was used by James I for decadent royal parties.
Find out what remains of Whitehall – known as one of the first examples of Palladianism in British architecture.
See images of James I and Charles I among the important collection of art and sculpture at Banqueting House.