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Banqueting House Entrance Ticket in London

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  • Entry/Admission - Banqueting House
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  • 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

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  • Banqueting House
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    London, England
  • John A
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing paintings and great staff
    We went on an open day for those with membership of royal historic palaces. It was very popular but there was plenty of space to move around once we got inside and the talk downstairs was easily audible. All the staff were very good with lots of knowledge and patiently answering questions (even from the lady who kept interrupting with her questions whilst the previous person's answer was still being given!)
    Written 20 January 2024
  • speerbuz
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Creepy stories in the Banqueting House.
    We took a special Halloween tour of the Banqueting House, which was themed with creepy stories from the (former) palace's history (including the execution of Charles I). The tour guides were in costume and had obviously researched their material well. The building itself is impressive, especially the upper level with the marvellous painted Rubens ceiling. Highly recommended, as tours are only conducted on certain occasions.
    Written 19 November 2023
  • P1334HVmelissah
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fanstastic Halloween Talk!
    My family and I visited the Banqueting house for a Halloween talk. We had a brilliant time, we learned so much about the history of the palace and its residents from the 1600s! The Banqueting House itself beautiful and is seeped in originality. The guides Eleonor and James were so informative and made it very creepy with actors lurking added to the ambiance. We will definitely be going back next year!!
    Written 1 November 2023
  • DannyPLondonBBTG
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacularly spooky halloween themed private tour of the Banqueting House. Bravo!
    I visited last night with a friend for special Halloween guided tour and it was spectacular. The actors made it all so atmospheric and spooky (whilst not scary which I was really pleased about) and Welcome Hosts Eleanor and James each provided fantastic commentary. They provided fabulous tours, tying in the history of the palace with lots of interesting character information too. The lighting and music really added to the experience too. It would be great to see events such as these taking place regularly every year.
    Written 1 November 2023
  • HINAWASEEM
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History, history, history!
    This is a white building located at the corner of the Horse Guards Avenue and Whitehall. I felt that it is steeped in history. Banqueting House is the only part of the Palace of Whitehall, that has survived. It was designed in Renaissance Style by Inigo Jones. It is a well preserved building that is 400 years old. Do not be deceived by its simple facade, grab the opportunity of free entrance and go in. You will be flabbergasted by the out of this world masterpiece ceiling painted by Ruben. Many historic events have taken place inside this building. The most significant of these was the execution of a King. Charles 1 was convicted of treason unfairly by Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarians. In 1649 he was led to step out of one of the windows of Banqueting House, onto the scaffold of his execution. I just stood outside this building and kept looking up in awe.
    Written 15 July 2023
  • John D
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enlightening experience
    Our favourite part was the knowledge and enthusiasm of the guides on our guided tour. James, Lilly and Sophia were excellent at bringing history to life. The only warning for other visitors was the large number of stairs to negotiate.
    Written 9 March 2023
  • emilygI6675IT
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    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Artwork, but dont need long
    Not a huge amount to see but some very impressive artwork. A small leaflet & introductory video were provided for background.
    Written 25 March 2022
  • bsandrs
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Less Obvious Jewel in Whitehall
    Spending a couple of days in London, we decided to visit the Banqueting House on Saturday morning, after a gap of many years since we last enjoyed the building. Spectacular architecture by Inigo Jones and an awe inspiring ceiling by Rubens. Make sure you use the excellent free audio guide which brings the whole history of the building to life. Enjoy viewing the ceiling either via the handily placed mirror for the less able or for the more agile by lying back on the flexible bean bag style seating. Looking across Whitehall to the crowds jostling for the perfect selfie with the Horse Guards, all in the wind and rain, it seemed a shame that more were not enjoying this great building which has played such a big part in British history. The staff were very welcoming and helpful.
    Written 1 March 2020
  • Londonworkweary
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected bonus
    So, the Rubens ceiling is fantastic as is the room but to my surprise as I stepped out,across the street Boris is playing reshuffle the deck and who should turn up ? See if you can identify them ( sorry for photograph as I was on the other side of the street ) It's been a right royal day
    Written 13 February 2020
  • Simon B
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Winter Visit
    Just across the road from Horse Guards on Whitehall is The Banqueting House, the last remaining part of the Whitehall Palace. The thought that the last thing Charles 1 saw before he was executed was the magnificent Ribena ceiling is haunting. There is a great audio guide and you can lie on the bean bags and stare at the ceiling - great way to spend an hour or so and remember you can get 2 for 1 tickets if you travel by train ( I have no financial interest...other than being a taxpayer.)
    Written 11 February 2020
  • 149stuartc
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relax in beanbag and look at the art
    One of the less well known historic sites in London Banqueting House is a short walk from either the Houses of Parliament or Trafalgar Square. The £7 entrance fee is very reasonable and their is a guide book for £4.99. Below the main hall is the undercroft which shows a short but interesting introductory video. There are also toilets on this level. The main hall is up the stairs and as the main attraction is the ceiling painted by Rubens there are lots of ways to view it including large mirrors, computers and best of all bean bags where you can just lie back and gaze upwards. There is a complementary audio guide which tells you about the paintings and the fascinating history including how this is the only part of the palace of Whitehall that survives and the execution of Charles I.
    Written 7 February 2020
  • ian_dempster
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful ceiling
    This is the grandest and best known banqueting house. It is the only remaining part of what was the Palace of Whitehall. Famous for the execution of Charles 1 in front of the house. It as one of the greatest ceilings I have ever seen with large paintings by Peter Paul Ruben's. Well worth a visit to marvel the ceiling. Reminds me of the painted hall in Greenwich
    Written 5 February 2020
  • shonan2013
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rubens’ ceiling - wow!
    Spent a pleasant hour or so visiting this gem in Whitehall. Have walked past it many times without realising what was inside! Interesting audio tour included and spectacular painted ceiling with comfortable beanbags on which to recline and admire the surroundings! Would definitely recommend a visit.
    Written 15 January 2020
  • EileenMtShasta
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth a Short Visit!
    A sobering place to visit, remembering the execution of King Charles I here, but also the extravagant events. Good short history film, audio guide and a rack of fun medieval clothes to dress up in! Best probably is the thoughtfully placed bean bags, all the better to lie down and contemplate the beautifully painted ceiling. It is perfect for a quick visit while walking on Whitehall!
    Written 8 November 2019
  • jackim
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One off the bucket list!
    I have meant to visit this place for over 20 years. It is a short visit, but the ceilings are amazing. There is a good introductory short film. Well worth a visit.
    Written 6 November 2019
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ste141
Exeter, UK174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was only a short walk from Westminster tube station to this place. The security guard was very thorough in looking through my handbag and the bag. The woman then offered me a free audio guide and asked me what language I wanted. She then told me to go left and watch a video before going upstairs. The video showed the history of it and upstairs was only the one room. Every in the room was thoroughly described by the man's voice on the audio. When I finished, I had it back to the woman and was asked if I had any questions. I found it to be good for money, but only if you have the audio guide.
Written 1 January 2020
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Maree
Greater Melbourne, Australia28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We enjoyed our time here. We watched a short DVD, then headed to the main room to see the ceiling frescos. This room was small, but amazing. Mirrors and beanbags were supplied in order to view the ceiling for a longer period of time. The kids lay in the beanbags for a while. My 10 year old tells me it needed more ' kid interactive stuff', but she was okay. They had dressing up clothes she could have used.
Written 20 January 2020
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WorldTravellerfromGB
London, UK196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Banqueting House is a marvel. Full of history with an included audio guide that lasts 45 minutes or so. The Rubens on the ceiling is truly breathtaking and was much more inspiring than I thought. You need to see it in person to appreciate it.

However, you need to understand that there is effectively only the one room to see and the ceiling. That is effectively it. If you are expecting a museum or place to walk about in then you will be very disappointed. But if you have managed your expectations and take a seat on a bean bag and look up at the majestic ceiling whilst listening to the audio guide then you will spend a pleasant hour here. It is well done with mirrors, bean bags and the audio guide to make the most of one space.
Written 31 December 2019
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Master Jonjon
London, UK340 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
WHAT IT IS. ☞ Charles I’s palladian ceremonial hall originally standing awkwardly in the midst of Tudorian houses.

ARTISTIC VALUE. ☞ The ceiling is a foreign commission, made by the one and only, Peter Paul Rubens.

HISTORIC VALUE. ☞ The last house standing from the Whitehall Palace - the fire of 1698 destroyed the entire palace except this.

Charles I was executed right outside the house.

WHAT TO DO. ☞ G/F: Watch an educational video in the chamber here.

1/F: You’ll find these tablets mounted in the middle of the hall, and there you can find all the information you need. The screen keeps returning to the homepage. Which is annoying. Move the cursor constantly to avoid it.

FUN FACT. ☞ Turn left as you enter the main hall and you’ll see the problem of oval frames: a character’s head is cut off due to mismeasurement. The figure happens to be Ignorance and in the scene he’s being overcome by Minerva.
Written 12 April 2020
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jenniealee
Mesa, AZ2 439 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
The ceiling is lovely and this place is steaming with history. We completed our tour in less than an hour. We stopped in on a rainy day in July 2019 and we are glad we did BUT it is not worth paying for.
Written 26 March 2021
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shazwebb19
cambridge31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This house consists of a very tiny gift shop, a room with some chairs and the video playing, toilets and then the main room with the lovely ceiling. The ceiling is nice but not so sure its worth £7 to see it. Glad I got in for free with corporate membership. The bean bags to look up at the ceiling was a nice touch as were the costumes, staff were nice especially the costume lady. You will not need very long here.
Written 7 December 2019
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LouEastbourne
London, UK101 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
I visited Banqueting House today. I knew very little about the house beforehand and from my visit have improved my knowledge of history and the area. I would like to read up more on the history related to this in response to the visit. There is really only the hall to look around (aside from the undercroft of which you can watch a brief documentary on the history), so don’t expect a great deal of exploring (hence just the average rating). There are beautiful paintings on the ceiling which would greatly appeal to art lovers. It has a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.
Written 9 November 2019
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Linda O
Plymouth, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The room in the photo is it really, that's the most amazing paint job, beautiful, you go into a room downstairs and watch a programme on a tv about the house then go upstairs to this room I'm glad I saw it so I could tick the box and say I've been there.
Written 2 September 2019
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Goannas
Comet, Qld1 671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Probably one of the slightly lesser known parts of Whitehall history, Banqueting Hall is an amazing space with some magnificent decorations. One of the staff members talked to us at length, giving a glimpse into the past including the connection to Charles I.
If you have a problem with steps, let them know in advance and they can arrange for you to use the lift in the building next door.
Written 6 December 2019
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