London has its fair share of Royal buildings and The Banqueting House is one not to be missed.

The only remaining part of the lost Palace of Whitehall, this magnificent building was, at one point, the largest palace in Europe, and the home of Henry VIII, before it was burnt down in 1622. Step inside and get to learn more about this national historic monument and Grade I listed building.

See the spectacular hall up close and marvel at the Peter Paul Rubens oil painted ceiling which was commissioned by Charles I. The hall was designed by Inigo Jones and originally built for state occasions, plays, and masquerades so it’s not short on grandeur. Grab a multi-language audio guide on your way in and you’ll get all the historical facts and information you need as you explore. Look up and see the stunning Peter Paul Rubens oil painting on the ceiling.

Banqueting House visitor tips

Swing by the Banqueting House gift shop on your way out to pick up gifts, guidebooks, and postcards.

Banqueting House is open from 10.00 until 17.00 Monday to Sunday, but often closes in the afternoon at short notice for functions and events.  Before visiting, to ensure that the Banqueting House will be open, please call 020 3166 6155/6154/6152

Did you know

Charles I was executed right in front of the house.

How to Get There

London Underground:
Embankment - Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle Lines
Westminster - Jubilee, District and Circle Lines

National Rail Network:
Charing Cross

Please check Closures & Notices for changes to opening hours at Banqueting House this month.

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Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
Last Admission: 16.15

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Address:

The Banqueting House Whitehall London SW1

Telephone:

0844 482 7777