"Banqueting House" Banqueting House Tip by TexasDave

Banqueting House, London: 9 reviews and 24 photos

This is the smallest and least expensive of the Historic Royal Palaces and is passed over by many tourists simply because they don't know what it is when they walk past and it isn't emphasized in many tour guides. It is the only remaining building of what was Cardinal Wosley's townhouse (originally called York Place) which Henry XIII took over and converted into his Pleasure Buildings and eventually covered 23 acres. It was used in the early 1600's by Charles I to host elaborate "Masques" which were part dramatic play, part formal ball, for the nobles. It was also where Charles I was executed in 1649.

The most interesting feature of the Banqueting House today is the ceiling which has several paintings on canvas by the famous Flemish painter Rubens. Two of them measure 20 X 28 ft!
They were installed in 1636 and have been there ever since.

An audio guide is available and gives detailed information of the whole building and the beautiful paintings.

Admission is 4.50 pounds for adults, 2.25 children 5-16.

Address: Corner of Horse Guards Ave. and Whitehall
Directions: Across the street from Horse Guards Parade
Phone: +44 844 482 7777
Website: http://www.hrp.org.uk/BanquetingHouse/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 9, 2008
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