Banqueting House

Discover a royal masterpiece and home of the Rubens ceiling

Discover a royal masterpiece and home of the Rubens ceiling

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

Rubens ceiling at Banqueting House

Rubens' ceiling

Marvel at Sir Peter Paul Rubens' ceiling in its original setting of Inigo Jones' spectacular Banqueting House.

Still from the Gigapixel app at Banqueting House, which displays the Rubens ceiling in super close-up detail using new Gigapixel super-zoom technology. Showing close-up of The Apotheosis of James I
Things to see

Get an artists' eye view of Rubens' ceiling, down to the level of individual brush strokes added during its creation in the 17th century.

Daily

Banqueting House

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Member only Events

Join Siobhan Clarke at the Banqueting Hall for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.

15 February and 29 February 2020

Banqueting House

10:30 and 12:00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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)

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

Members go free

Escape to the past whenever you want when you join us today.

Enjoy unlimited adventures at our palaces, a 10% discount in our shops and cafés, and exclusive events when you become a member of Historic Royal Palaces.

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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Lucy Worsley, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, speaks at a reception

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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

Conference and meeting room hire

Our conference and meeting rooms can host to up to 380 guests. The awe inspiring interiors are an ideal backdrop for your special event.

Selection from Palace China collection.  The Palace china collection is an exclusive range that uses delicate details from the palaces including the gardens at Hampton Court Palace, the golden gates at Kensington Palace, the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London and the gold border detail on the Rubens ceiling at Banqueting House.  Lifestyle

Browse gifts for Christmas

Discover beautiful and exclusive gifts for all tastes this Christmas with our Banqueting House gift shop collection. Worldwide shipping available.