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Banqueting House

Opening hours as normal, however undergoing a vast external refurbishment.

Designed by Inigo Jones, Banqueting House was one of the first English showcases of Palladian architecture, and is the only surviving part of Whitehall Palace. Once home to the Tudors and Stuarts, the handsome mansion features a unique ceiling painting by Peter Paul Rubens in honour of King James I. Yet despite such architectural glories, the site remains more famous for hosting the execution of James’ successor, King Charles I, after his loss to Cromwell’s Roundheads. The event is marked each January, and from 2013 a new exhibition close to the spot where Charles stepped onto the scaffold outlines events leading up to his demise. For something less morbid, there are top classical music concerts held here throughout the year.

Banqueting House, Whitehall
SW1A 2ER
Tel: 020 3166 6000
Opening Times: Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. Last admission at 16.30. Closed 24-26 December and 1 January.
Entry Charges: Admission: under 16s free, Adult £4-£5
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