Banqueting House

Discover a royal masterpiece and home of the Rubens ceiling

Discover a royal masterpiece and home of the Rubens ceiling

Updated 25 March. In line with Public Health England guidance, we have taken the decision to close all six of our palaces and gardens until 31st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Please read our statement for further information. Read our statement

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Admire the epic Rubens' ceiling and discover the site of Charles I’s execution at Banqueting House, Whitehall.

Lord Boston's coat and full dress second-class uniform. Wool with metal embroidery. Worn by George Irby, Lord Boston.

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Photograph of visitors in the main hall of the Banqueting House
Things to see

Experience James I's breathtaking Banqueting Hall, created in 1622 as a venue for extravagant Jacobean entertainments.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Arches lit by candlelight in the Undercroft of Banqueting House Whitehall, London
Things to see

Explore the vaulted drinking den beneath the Banqueting House, which was used by James I for decadent royal parties.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Exterior of Banqueting House with Whitehall in the foreground under a blue, partially cloudy sky
Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of the condemned King and stand on the spot of Charles I's execution, just outside Banqueting House.

Open daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Tracey Tooley investigating Hampton Court Palace with Tudor figures from history.

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Main Hall of Banqueting House with red canopy of state at the far end

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Charles I (1600-1649), The young prince wears a russet satin gown with hanging sleeves, trimmed with velvet, embroidered with gold thread and lined with lynx fur.   Sir Anthony van Dyck, Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The execution of Charles I

Charles I was convicted of treason and executed on 30 January 1649 outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall.

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A conservator inspects a panel of the Rubens ceiling depicting James I at the Banqueting House, Whitehall

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The baroque main hall of the Banqueting House laid out as a theatre-style event with the red chair of state at the far end

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