Banqueting House | Day Out With The Kids

Banqueting House

London, Greater London, England

  • Inside view of Banqueting House in London
  • Seating area at Banqueting House in London
  • Outside view of Banqueting House in London

Attraction Information

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Ages: 9+

Venue type: Indoor

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


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Banqueting House's website
020 3166 6155

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

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


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

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes

More Information

Guest suitability

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

Parking facilities

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