OverviewExplore Londons royal history with entrance to the 17th-century Banqueting House, the only part of the grand Palace of Whitehall to survive a devastating fire in 1698. See the spot where Charles I was executed after the English Civil War and admire the magnificent ceiling painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens. Learn about the British royals and discover the story behind this fascinating Italianate building. Upgrade to include admission to Londons other royal palaces: the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace.
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Know More about this tourMake you own way to the Banqueting House, located near the Thames River and 10 Downing Street, where the British prime minister lives and works. This 17th-century building is the only remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall, a vast royal complex that was burnt to the ground in 1698.
Before you enter, pause outside the front of the building on the pavement. This is the spot where Charles I was beheaded on a brutally cold day in 1649, after being convicted of high treason. Head inside to learn more about Charles I and to explore the interior. Architect Inigo Jones designed the Italianate Renaissance-style building and took inspiration for the design from a recent trip to Italy, .
Wander through the impressive banqueting hall, which would have been used as a venue for entertainment. Look out for a bronze bust of James I, which sits above the door in the banqueting hall. The bust was designed by Hubert Le Sueur, who also made the equestrian statue of Charles I in Charing Cross, near Trafalgar Square.
Take some time to soak up Rubens' impressive canvases — exuberant masterpieces that adorn the ceiling of Banqueting House. Commissioned by Charles I, the paintings glorify his father, King James I.
Spend as long as you want in the palace. Once you leave, make your own way back to your accommodation or continue sightseeing.
Inclusions for Banqueting House Entrance Ticket In London
- Entrance ticket to Banqueting House
- Royal palaces pass including entrance to the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace (if option selected)
Exclusions for Banqueting House Entrance Ticket In London
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please note: Once the lead passenger name has been added this cannot be changed. Please bring a form of identification that matches the Lead Traveller name on your ticket, with you on the day of your visit, as this may be checked before entry is allowed
Please note: The banqueting House is mostly open all day but on odd occasions it may close slightly earlier for evening event. Customers are to check opening times if they are visiting after 1pm