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. This event is marked each January, and an exhibition close to the spot where Charles stepped onto the scaffold outlines the events leading up to his demise. For something less morbid, top classical music concerts are held here throughout the year.
Tel: 020 3166 6000
Entry Charges: Admission: under 16s free, Adult £4-£5