- Castles and Palaces
Suitable for ages: Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
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 Onsite
- Snacks Available
- Toilets Available
- 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
1st March - 28th February
Please see website for details
30 minutes before attraction closes
Due to the nature of the building, it may prove difficult for wheelchair users.
Nearest car park is the Q-Park Trafalgar (6 minute walk).