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What's on at the palaces

Still from the Gigapixel app at Banqueting House, which displays the Rubens ceiling in super close-up detail using new Gigapixel super-zoom technology. Showing close-up of The Apotheosis of James I
Things to see

Get an artists' eye view of Rubens' ceiling, down to the level of individual brush strokes added during its creation in the 17th century.

Daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Main Hall at Banqueting House with red canopy of state and the Rubens ceiling showing at one end
Tours and talks

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

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Arches lit by candlelight in the Undercroft of Banqueting House Whitehall, London
Things to see

Explore the vaulted drinking den beneath the Banqueting House, which was used by James I for decadent royal parties.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Vertical shot looking straight up at Rubens' Ceiling at Banqueting House Whitehall, London
Highlights Things to see

Marvel at Sir Peter Paul Rubens' ceiling in its original setting of Inigo Jones' spectacular Banqueting House.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Exterior of Banqueting House with Whitehall in the foreground under a blue, partially cloudy sky
Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of the condemned King and stand on the spot of Charles I's execution, just outside Banqueting House.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Banqueting House's stone front architecture as it undergoes conservation
Things to see

Find out what remains of Whitehall – known as one of the first examples of Palladianism in British architecture.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Other pages that may be of interest

History of the exhibition

Explore the history behind the spectacular Line of Kings exhibition at the Tower.

Olivia Colman as Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz as Sarah Churchill talk in a room filled with tapestries in The Favourite

The Favourite filming locations and history

Find filming locations for The Favourite, learn more about the history behind the film and find out about Queen Anne's legacy at Hampton Court Palace.