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Banqueting House

This revolutionary building is best known for being the only surviving part of the great palace of Whitehall.

Created in 1622 by Inigo Jones the building was intended for the splendour and exuberance of court masques, but is probably most famous for a real life drama, the execution of Charles 1st, which took place here in 1649 to the dismal universal groan of the crowd.

The Banqueting House is also home to the breathtaking Rubens' ceiling which has survived flooding, fire and war and it is nothing short of a miracle that you can still enjoy them in their original setting. During your day visit explore the Udercroft originally designed as a drinking den for James Ist.

You can also relax and enjoy one of the spectacular concerts which run throughout the year in the Main Hall at Banqueting House.