Banqueting House

Banqueting House
Greater London



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Information line

0844 482 7777

Booking line

0844 482 7799


0844 482 7788

Corporate & private hire enquiries

020 3166 6152

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Banqueting House's main hall showing Ruben's masterpiece ceiling paintings
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Walk in the footsteps of a dazzling company of courtiers who once danced, drank and partied beneath the magnificent Rubens painted ceiling. This revolutionary building was created for court entertainments, but is probably most famous for the execution of Charles I in 1649. Spare him a thought as you gaze up at this ravishing painting – one of his last sights on earth…

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Monday - Sunday: 10.00-17.00

Closed Easter Bank holiday, 24, 25, 26 December to 1 January.

The Banqueting House often closes at short notice for functions and events, so please check times on our website before your visit.

Admission charges

Adults: £5.00
Students (with ID) and senior citizens (60+): £4.00
Children under 16: Free

Getting there

By tube or rail: a short walk from Westminster, Charing Cross and Embankment Underground and rail stations.

Additional info

There are access restrictions for mobility-impaired visitors and wheelchair users. The only access to the Main Hall is via a staircase of 23 steps, with a landing after 17. In exceptional circumstances and by prior arrangement, access to the Main Hall for disabled visitors can be arranged via the adjacent building, the Royal United Services Institute, which has a lift to Main Hall level. Access can then be gained via a connecting door into the Main Hall. Please telephone 0844 482 7777.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art

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Banqueting House

Late night opening at the Banqueting House on 15 May 2014

  • 15 May 2014 5-10pm

Created in 1622 by Inigo Jones, the Banqueting House in London was intended for the splendour and exuberance of court masques, but is most famous for a real life drama: the execution of Charles I, which took place here in 1649.

Join us on Thursday 15 May 2014 for Museums at Night and enjoy a visit to this architectural masterpiece, and home to the magnificent Rubens ceiling.

Open until 10pm, you will be able to enjoy your visit with a drink in hand from our licensed bar, have a listen to our complimentary audio guide, and glean more information from our knowledgeable team.

Meet King Charles I and have a chat with His Majesty about his past.

Have fun trying on our fabulous cotumes from the stuart period and maybe even take some photos to show your friends and family!

Suitable for

  • Any age


£6 for adults
£5 for concessions
FREE for under 16s


Getting there

By tube or rail: a short walk from Westminster, Charing Cross and Embankment Underground and rail stations.