Banqueting House

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:

Historic house or home, Heritage site

Opening hours

Monday - Sunday: 10.00-17.00 (Guaranteed Opening Times are 10.00-13.00)

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

Closed 24-26 December and 1 January.

Admission charges

Adults: £6.00
Students (with ID) and senior citizens (60+): £5.00
Children under 16: Free


  • National Art Pass
  • Museums Association
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

Banqueting House: Museums at Night 2016

  • 13 May 2016 5-10pm

Grab a drink with our bawdy Stuarts in "The Kings Head" pub* in what was once king James I's drinking den and travel back in time to experience the atmosphere of a 17th century tavern!

Meet the architect Inigo Jones underneath the magnificent Rubens ceiling. Free raffles will be held on the night from 18:30! Take your raffle ticket in the Main Hall and win balcony tours or free tickets for the Lost Palace event*!

Experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the paintings, the archaeology found, the architecture and its recent conservation works. And last but not least our new "Lost Palace" interactive visitor experience, due to launch summer 2016, will be presented!

A 10% discount will be offered in the shop from 17:00.

*cash bar only. "The Kings Head" pub is free to access.
*Free raffle tickets are available for members, London Pass holders and paying visitors only. Balcony tours will be given on the night to the winning raffle ticket holders and only ten people at a time will be allowed.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+


Adults: £6.00
Concessions: £5.00
Under 16: Free
Historic Royal Palace members go free

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event or booked in advance online: simply buy a normal admission ticket for 13 May.


Getting there

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

Banqueting House
Greater London

logo: Museums at Night



General enquiries

Group visit enquiries

Media enquiries

Corporate & private hire enquiries


Information line

0844 482 7777

Booking line

0844 482 7799


0844 482 7788

Corporate & private hire enquiries

020 3166 6152

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.