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 of 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 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.
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