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Banqueting House

Designed by Inigo Jones for King James I and completed in 1622, The Banqueting House is the only complete surviving building of Whitehall Palace, the sovereign's principal residence from 1530 until 1698 when it was destroyed by fire.

It was also the site of King Charles I execution in 1649.Originally built for state occasions, plays and masques, the Banqueting House and Whitehall are both popular destinations on the London sightseeing trail although it' always worth checking opening hours as it is still one of the finest banqueting venues in the capital and often plays host to royal and Government functions, as well as society events.

If you're London sightseeing with children, why not combine a visit to the Banqueting House with the Namco Station, a short walk over Hungerford Bridge or Westminster Bridge, or take the Thames Cruise with City Cruises — all these London tourist attractions are free with London Pass.

Museum Facilities

  • Cafe

  • Restaurant

  • Shop

  • Audio Guide

  • Tour Guide

  • Photography

  • Wheelchair Access

  • WiFi

  • Venue Hire

  • Available

  • Not allowed

  • Unconfirmed

  • Prior permission required.

All information is drawn from or provided by the museums 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.

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London Area: Central


  • The Banqueting House
  • Whitehall
  • Westminster
  • London
  • SW1A 2ER


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 1

  • Underground

    • Charing Cross
    • Embankment
    • Westminster


    • Charing Cross

    Bus Numbers

  • 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 159


Adult £5.50
Child £0.00
Concession £4.50
Admission notes:FREE for under 15 year olds.
Admission discounts
London Pass FREE entry
Historic Royal Palaces FREE entry
Open Hours
Monday 10:00am 17:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am 17:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am 17:00pm
Thursday 10:00am 17:00pm
Friday 10:00am 17:00pm
Saturday 10:00am 17:00pm
Sunday 10:00am 17:00pm

Contact Details

Phone 0844 482 7777
Website Banqueting House
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