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Banqueting House Tours

Banqueting House
Built in 1622, London’s Banqueting House was once part of the Palace of Whitehall, which was home to the English monarch for 168 years. The building is the last structure standing of the former complex. It exemplifies the beginnings of neoclassical architecture and boasts a tumultuous history, including the execution of Charles I in 1649.
 
The Basics
Absorb views of the grand exterior of the Banqueting House on a city walking tour, or book ahead to guarantee entry. Tread in the footsteps of historic ambassadors, such as Pocahontas, as you wander through the undercroft or glimpse Rubens’ iconic ceiling in the Main Hall. Convenient hop-on hop-off buses let you explore Banqueting House and beyond at your own pace, while discounted packages can help you visit several London landmarks in one visit.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visiting is a must for anyone interested in European history, art, or architecture.
  • Elevator access to the Main Hall is limited, so wheelchair users should call ahead to make accessibility arrangements.
  • Sign language interpreters are available the first Saturday morning of each month.
  • Booking ahead is recommended, as the site is sometimes closed for private functions.
  • Whitehall is home to a number of top attractions, so sightseeing tours can help you save time and money.
 
How to Get There
Westminster is ideal for walking excursions, with so many landmarks strewn across a relatively small area. Right in the middle of the action, Banqueting House is located on Whitehall, a 10-minute walk from the Embankment or Westminster Underground stations. Whitehall is also served by several local buses, as well as hop-on hop-off tours.
 
When to Get There
Banqueting House is open daily year-round, except for Dec. 24–26 and New Year’s Day. It is wise to arrange your visit in advance, as the building is sometimes booked for private functions. Whitehall is impressive at any time of year, but winter’s festive lights lend extra charm to the historic street.
 
Palaces of London
Banqueting House may be the last vestige of the Palace of Whitehall, but there are plenty more royal residences that are open to visitors in London. Whitehall’s Tudor contemporaries include nearby St. James’s Palace and Hampton Court Palace in Richmond, the site of Queen Jane Seymour’s death in childbirth.
Address: Whitehall, London, England
Admission: Varies
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

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Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass®. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 10-day sightseeing credits package, and enjoy access to your London Pass straight from your mobile. Simply show it at the gate or ticket office to gain entrance to more than 80 attractions including Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and the "View from the Shard." You also benefit from skip-the-line access at some of the city's top attractions like the London Zoo. Your pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Thames River cruise, a free guidebook packed with useful information, and valuable shopping and dining discounts. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Tour of Haunted London

Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Tour of Haunted London

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Learn about London’s darkest tales on a haunted London bus and walking tour. Experience the grisly histories of execution, rebellion, madness, and murder that shadow this ancient city. Discover the stories and sites of Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, and the Cock Lane Ghost. Visit the medieval Smithfield Market and the monument of Sir Willam Wallace, then finish in Trafalgar Square where you can purchase a tasty pub dinner and drink.
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Private 90 Minutes London Kickstart Tour

Private 90 Minutes London Kickstart Tour

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See many of London’s major highlights in just a short amount of time—and tweak your itinerary to fit your interests—on a private tour of the city, led by a long-time London resident. Pick morning or afternoon tour times and meet your guide in the city’s Pimlico neighborhood. Choose to see major landmarks, art museums, bustling neighborhoods, and more. You’ll also head off the tourist track to explore locals-frequented areas and venues, and will learn insider tips about the city from your guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

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Don’t visit London landmarks and listen to commentary that doesn’t interest you. Set your own itinerary and explore London your way on a private half- or full-day tour of England’s capital. Tick off all of the attractions on your personal checklist and take advantage of your private guide’s local insight by visiting hidden gems and unknown corners of the city. Choose the start time and meeting point of your tour and receive the undivided attention of your guide throughout. 
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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Private Tour: Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House Walking Tour in London

Private Tour: Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House Walking Tour in London

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Visit two of London’s greatest historical treasures on this private 3.5-hour tour of Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House, with a specialist art history guide. Behold the splendor of Westminster Abbey, England's Royal Church and a royal coronation and wedding site since 1066, and then walk along Whitehall to Banqueting House, the last remnant of the former Palace of Whitehall. See where King Charles I was executed in 1649; admire the ceremonial and banquet chambers; see the murals by Sir Peter Paul Rubens; and learn all about the palace’s rich history.
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  • 3 hours
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Westminster Heart of the Nation Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Westminster Heart of the Nation Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

This walk covers the great palaces of the monarchs and the Archbishop of Canterbury. We walk from the Golden Jubilee Bridge through Whitehall Gardens to the Banqueting House in Whitehall, the last remaining building from the ancient Palace of Whitehall. From there we walk along the Thames with views of the London Eye and Westminster Bridge, before seeing Parliament Square, the Houses of Parliament and Westrminster Abbey. The walk ends passing the famous Burghers of Calais sculpture by Rodin on to Lambeth Bridge and Lambeth Palace, the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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Private Tour: Sightseeing Walking Tour of London

Private Tour: Sightseeing Walking Tour of London

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Make the most of your flexible itinerary and private guide on this 3-hour sightseeing walking tour of London — a great choice for first-time visitors or families. Make your way to Buckingham Palace for the famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony, then enjoy a tour of some of London’s most renowned landmarks. Pass Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, admire the architecture of Westminster Abbey and get a glimpse of No.10 Downing Street, home to the British Prime Minister, as you walk up Whitehall.
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  • 3 hours
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Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey Walking Tour

Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey Walking Tour

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A great way for you to explore a part of London if you are limited for time and want to see some of the major sites. You can forgo your research and be lead by a qualified tour guide. Soak up the fascinating history associated with each iconic building such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House (home of Prince Charles & Camilla) and Whitehall which is the location of many of the government buildings. You'll find out the history of some of the most important events that occurred in the Palace of Westminster, and the Kings and Queens who resided in the Palaces. This tour will give you the opportunity to get those must have photos for your social media pages.
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  • 2 hours
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London through the eyes of Pocahontas

London through the eyes of Pocahontas

Pocahontas stayed in London only for one year and died at the age of 20. During her short life, she managed to introduce the New World to the London audience. Pocahontas was a Native American woman born around 1595. She was the daughter of the powerful Chief Powhatan, the ruler of the Powhatan tribal nation. She later married British colonist, John Rolfe and travelled to London in 1616. On this tour, you would see London through the eyes of Pocahontas, learn stories about 17th century Britain and its connection to the colonies. Highlights: • See Church where native Americans worshipped in the 17th century • Hear stories about ‘ Wizard Earl’, whom Pocahontas visited in the Tower of London • Walk towards glorious Westminster Abbey • Discover Lambeth Palace • Explore Banqueting Hall where Pocahontas was invited to the Kings Masquerade
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  • 2 hours
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Classic Westminster (Private 2 Hour Tour)

Classic Westminster (Private 2 Hour Tour)

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There’s so much history crammed into this one neighbourhood, you’ll be struggling to keep up. From memorials to greats in Westminster Abbey to the heartbeat of British government in Whitehall to the scene of all action, No. 10 Downing Street…this tour is a fast-paced thriller. Most-photographed, most-recognised and most-loved, every landmark helps you tick off your entire London-essentials list. Buzz of Trafalgar Square, elegance of St. James's Park, to the glamour of Buckingham Palace, it’s a feast all the way. Broad boulevards, and the vistas long -- the perfect backdrop for the pomp and pageantry of royal occasions. Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, River Thames, Hyde Park, Albert Hall, even Harrods…you’ll forget to look at your phone. We even do 3 UNESCO World Heritage and 2 Tudor Palaces. Themes vary from British Monarchy’s Royal Palaces to Pomp and Ceremony to UK Parliament and Brexit to Winston Churchill’s Darkest Hour in World War Two. Which will it be for you today?
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour

Full Day London Private Classic Tour

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Optimize your time in the British capital on a private full-day tour, zipping between landmarks by traditional black cab for an authentic London experience. Discover iconic highlights such as the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace and enjoy plenty of stops for pictures or a closer look. Benefit from your guide’s personalized recommendations to add additional stops according to your interests.
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  • 7 hours
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Classic London Tour, visiting various iconic London sites, in a London Taxi.

Classic London Tour, visiting various iconic London sites, in a London Taxi.

I am a professionally qualified to guide, I cover London, the South East, South West and West of England. I customise the tour to your wants and requirements. It is this countries rich history that excites me, how people lived, worked and were treated and how that contrast with modern times and the influence onto days living standards and expectations! I bring previous life experiences on our tour providing an entertaining & informative interactive learning experience. I want you to laugh, learn and go WOW. My tours are either by Licensed London Mercedes Vito Taxi , private car or even on foot, ranging from a few hours to several days for those that are willing to grasp all that our Great Country has to offer.
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Go London Explorer Pass: Up to 40% Off Top Attractions

Go London Explorer Pass: Up to 40% Off Top Attractions

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Save big on combined admission prices to top London attractions with this London Explorer Pass. You choose whether to get a pass that grants you access to three, four, five, or seven attractions. Choose where to redeem your Explorer credits from a list of London’s most popular spots visited by tourists and locals alike such as the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, and SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for one year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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London's Darkest Hour (Private Half Day Tour)

London's Darkest Hour (Private Half Day Tour)

Left spellbound by the 2017 blockbuster ‘Darkest Hour’? Repeat the experience offscreen, with our new London tour. The movie bagged 6 nominations for Academy Awards and an Oscar for Best Actor Oldman. Our latest adaption will have you waxing eloquent too. Travel back to 1940 in a time machine (in one of our traditional London Black Cabs, which doubled up as fire engines in the World War 2). Your Private Driver Guide, an enthusiastic war historian, storms you through the violence of ‘The Blitz’. Feel the jitters as you visualise Nazi Germany threatening Western Europe and Great Britain’s very existence. Follow in the footprints of Winston Churchill and trace the turn of events from that unsettling era at Westminster and Whitehall. For an apt closure to a war-themed tour, pick Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum or Warship HMS Belfast. Leave the headache of pre-ordering and pre-paying for skip-the-line tickets to our concierge team, while you have the time of your life.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Whitehall Bespoke London Walk - The Street that Shaped a Nation

Whitehall Bespoke London Walk - The Street that Shaped a Nation

You can be picked up from the hotel or a location of your choice, discover how Whitehall shaped the history of Great Britain. See where Charles I, King of England was executed at the end of the English Civil War on the site of what was the palace of Whitehall from a time of Henry VIII.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Guided Tour of Royal London

Private Guided Tour of Royal London

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This private walking tour of the heart of historic London is perfect for new or experienced travellers who want something really special and unique. Your private expert guide will showcase some of London's top attractions, including the Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, and Buckingham Palace, while discussing the significance behind these world-class landmarks. From Westminster Abbey, the site of every English coronation for almost a millennium, to the grand spectacle of the elite guards outside the royal palaces, you'll see the city in a whole new light after this incredible and enriching experience.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Private Guided London Highlights Walking Tour

Private Guided London Highlights Walking Tour

This private walking tour of the heart of historic London is perfect for new or experienced travelers who want something really special and unique. Your private expert guide will showcase some of London's top attractions, including the Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, and Buckingham Palace while discussing the significance behind these world-class landmarks. From Westminster Abbey, the site of every English coronation for almost a millennium, to the grand spectacle of the elite guards outside the royal palaces, you'll see the city in a whole new light after this incredible and enriching experience. In the afternoon, we'll show you gems such as St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London, showing the broad span of the history of this metropolis.
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  • 6 hours
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London Top Sights Small Group Half-Day Walking Tour

London Top Sights Small Group Half-Day Walking Tour

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See the Top Sightseeing Spots in London on this exciting small group city tour. Starting in ‘Old London’ you’ll explore over 2000 years of London history with sights including the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Bank of England, Royal Exchange, Mansion House, Leadenhall Market and the Monument to the Great Fire of London. From here a short journey on the London Underground will take you to Westminster where you'll learn about famous landmarks including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and more! The tour is made interactive through the use of photos to bring the stories of London to life in a relaxed atmosphere (no boring lectures!) allowing everyone to participate in the tour with questions, trivia and a whole lot of fun! The tour will be limited to a maximum of 10 people and is designed to bring travellers together, make new friends and discover London in a fun and exciting way.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Private Tour: Hidden Secrets of Westminster London Walk

Private Tour: Hidden Secrets of Westminster London Walk

Discover Westminster like never before on this private tour. This tour takes you past many famous sights but instead of focusing on these we look at details that visitors (and Londoners) never take notice of. During this fun and fascinating tour you'll discover how London was changed by the construction of the Victoria Embankment, the remains of the world's largest royal palace, the execution site of King Charles I and that's just the first half of the tour! Then we venture to Trafalgar Square and The West End where you can expect to see and hear fascinating stories of miniature police stations, how one of London's gas lamps differs from all the others, where you can snap a photo with a fake version of 10 Downing Street and why The Savoy hotel always keeps a fake cat around. Discover a side to London that you never knew existed on this tour!
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Private walking tour of central London

Private walking tour of central London

Private walking tour of London. During this tour you will see the best places of central London such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and more. You will also visit Trafalgar square and finish the tour near the National Gallery.
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  • 3 hours
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3 hours private walking tour of London

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3 hours private walking tour of London

Private walking tour of London specifically designed to avoid big crowds and keep social distance. During this tour you will see the most famous landmarks of central London such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and more. You will also visit Trafalgar square and finish the tour near the National Gallery.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$210.70
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Group walking tour of central London

Group walking tour of central London

Private walking tour of London. During this tour you will see the most famous places of central London such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and more. You will also visit Trafalgar square, National Gallery. We will pass by Westminster Abbey and Piccadilly CIrcus. Ideal for groups and families.
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  • 3 hours
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$395.06
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