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Banqueting House
Banqueting House

Banqueting House

Whitehall, London, England

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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Excellent experience. Really enjoyed...
richard t, Nov 2013
Private Tour: Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House Walking Tour in London
Excellent experience. Really enjoyed the tour of Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery. Alison was an outstanding guide.
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The venue is outstanding and our guide...
Patricia F, Aug 2015
Private Tour: Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House Walking Tour in London
The venue is outstanding and our guide, Wendy, was really good.
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Fabulous! Inspiring, informative and...
Jenny K, Jun 2012
Private Tour: Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House Walking Tour in London
Fabulous! Inspiring, informative and interesting! Lovely inclusive style
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We had two experienced guides but the...
Stefano G, Jan 2008
Private Tour: Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House Walking Tour in London
We had two experienced guides but the time for the three monuments is definitely too short.
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Excellent tour. Both Westminster Abbey...
Mark D, Jun 2012
Private Tour: Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House Walking Tour in London
Excellent tour. Both Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery are well worth visiting.
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Knowledgeable guide who did a good job...
Adrian G, Oct 2013
Private Tour: Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House Walking Tour in London
Knowledgeable guide who did a good job. She was enjoyable to be with.
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Our guide Wendy did a really nice...
Philip P, Jul 2014
Private Tour: Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House Walking Tour in London
Our guide Wendy did a really nice job. She was very informative, very pleasant, personable, gracious and she kept asking us if we wanted more information. It was especially nice to have it be a private tour for just our family. Westminster Abbey is beautiful and she did a nice job of giving us additional detail about the sites we saw between there and the National Art Museum, more than we had gotten our a driving tour covering some similar spots. She made sure we got to see all of the most famous artists and paintings in the galleries. I would recommend her and this tour to anyone.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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