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This revolutionary building, the first in England to be designed in a Palladian style by Inigo Jones, was finished in 1622 for James I. Intended for the splendour and exuberance of court masques, the Banqueting House is probably most famous for one...more
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The paintings on the ceiling are truely a masterpiece. It's worth a visit. I am wondering how it's like in the evening when the banquet starts. It must be amazing. We wish we could attend one of the banqueting events like the Queen sharing a...More
I'm impressed by the Banqueting House, the only remaining structure from the Whitehall palace fire. The ceiling is amazing and you can still see the original colors at the entrance end of the ceiling. The beanbags are a great touch, and I was so comfortable...More
We visited the Banqueting House recently having previously only seen it on TV, & the reality is far more impressive. We began, in the Undercroft, by watching an interesting video presentation which gives background information on the development of Whitehall in general, & the evolution...More
One step away from the hustle of central london into a wonderful slice of history. Great video to start off proceedings and then the amazing artwork with the great wee Audio Guide. It also has amazing toilets :)
This building is almost opposite Horse Guards Parade. It is a really interesting building and the Banqueting Hall is absolutely beautiful. When you arrive you can have an audio guide which is very informative and there is also a video shown giving the history of...More
This is a visit easy to fit in if you are in the area, as it is mostly one large room to view. Beautiful ceilings, it is the only part that survived the fire that destroyed the Whitehall Palace, so therefore rich in history.
This was a fairly late addition to our London itinerary, but it proved to be one of the highlights of the whole trip. The only surviving element of the famous Whitehall Palace, it is beautifully restored but somewhat overlooked. The vast 17th century Rubens paintings...More
Located right in the centre of Whitehall, an easy to reach little treasure.
The house is the only remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall, the rest was destroyed in a fire. It is a small building, purpose built for holding banquets only. Doesn't take...More
Well worth a visit to see this remaining room of Whitehall Palace. The Reuban ceiling is fabulous and staff very friendly and informative. I would like to say a special thank you to Amie who has gone over and above her duties for me.
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are
highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.