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Banqueting House

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Ages 9+
  • Castles and Palaces, Landmarks

This attraction is temporarily closed.

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, Banqueting House is currently closed to the public. We'll keep this updated with news of when it might be open again, but always recommend to check before you travel.

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Attraction Information

Through feast and famine, Banqueting House has been a hideaway for royalty over the centuries. Explore its feasting hall, the secret drinking den, plus a royal execution site for a day full of historic discovery.

Banqueting House played host to kings like James I who would put his feet up with a tipple in the ‘Undercroft’ - his secret drinking den. Then there’s the tale of Charles I who was sent to death in these very halls after years of civil war. Accounts have it that he wore two shirts that morning so that he wouldn’t shiver on approaching the scaffold and be considered a coward.

The building alone is an impressive relic designed by famed architect, Inigo Jones in the 17th century. That is before you get inside and gawp at works from the golden age of painting by master of his craft, Rubens. His legacy has been installed throughout the hall and you could spend hours picking out detail, all the while picturing the many decadent nights spent beneath them.

  • Discover the feasting hall and a secret drinking den
  • Hear tales of historic Kings
  • Original works by famed artist, Rubens
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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:0 - 17:00
Closed 24th - 26th December and 1st January

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes


General Admission
Adults (18+): £6.50
Kids: Free

Travel & Contact Information


Whitehall, London, Greater London, SW1A 2ER, England

Phone number

020 3166 6155



Click here to visit Banqueting House's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Nearest car park is the Q-Park Trafalgar (6 minute walk).

Yes, there are toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Banqueting House has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

No, Banqueting House is not wheelchair friendly.

Due to the nature of the building, it may prove difficult for wheelchair users.

No, Banqueting House have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Banqueting House has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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