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Banqueting House

Greater London
Telephone: 020 3166 6155


From feasting hall to secret drinking den to execution site, Banqueting House has stood behind centuries of history in the nation’s capital, and now you can experience it for yourself.

Gawp at Rubens' painted ceiling, and imagine you’re sitting with James I in his secret drinking hole, the Undercroft.

After a long day of reigning over the kingdom, he could put his feet up in the beautiful vaulted basement filled with his favourite art and relax with his friends and a pint of his favourite tipple.

If you're a fan of architecture, you'll love what Inigo Jones has done with the place! The famed architect built Banqueting House in the 17th century after the buildings he saw in Italy inspired him to bring a bit of Italian flair to Great Britain.

However, Banqueting House has a solemn side. It was here that Charles I went to his death, wearing two shirts on that cold morning so he would not shiver and be thought afraid. You can visit the site of the scaffold even today.

If you want to get the kids interested in history, this place has it all — merry feasts, secret hideaway of kings, and where one of England’s most famous monarchs came to a sticky end.

We do strongly suggest you contact Banqueting House before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Details:

Monday - Sunday
10.00am - 5.00pm
Last admission at 4.30pm

Banqueting House is guaranteed to open from 10.00 until 13.00 Monday to Sunday, but they often close in the afternoon at short notice for functions and events.


"I'm hungry"

Food and drink are not currently available at Banqueting House. There are however a wide range of food and drink outlets nearby.

"Can I have one of those?"

Banqueting House has a gift shop.


"are we there yet?"

The Banqueting House is on the corner of Horse Guards Avenue and Whitehall – immediately opposite Horse Guards Parade. London Underground Nearest stations: Westminster - turn right out of the station, first right into Whitehall and walk along until you come to the Banqueting House which is approximately half way up on the right hand side. Embankment – go out of the Embankment Entrance, turn right, cross Northumberland Avenue, turn right into Horse Guards Avenue, walk past the Ministry of Defence and the Banqueting House is approx 100 yards down on the corner of Horse Guards Avenue and Whitehall. By train Charing Cross – turn left out of the station's main entrance, towards Trafalgar Square. From there walk down Whitehall for about 5 minutes and the Banqueting House is on the left. By bus Bus Routes – 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88 and 159.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:

Adults: £6.60
Concessions: £5.50
Children go free!


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Greater London
Telephone: 020 3166 6155