Banqueting House is a royal palace located on the corner of Horse Guards Avenue and Whitehall, opposite Horse Guards Parade. What is there to see and do at Banqueting House?
King Charles I’s Scaffold
The Banqueting House is best known as the place where King Charles I was executed, following his defeat from the Roundheads during the English Civil War, on 30 January 1649. History was made when Charles I was put to the block just outside the Banquet House, as this precipitated England’s first (and thus far only) experiment with republican rule.
Banqueting House Architecture
Take in the spectacular architecture at the Banqueting House. Inigo Jones visited Italy and on his return to London decided to recreate classical buildings of the ancient world. The result was Palladianism (European style of architecture derived from the works of Venetian architect Andrea Palladio) applied to English buildings, with large windows and impressive columns.
Day and Evening Concerts at Banqueting House
Banqueting House hosts day and evening concerts throughout the year. Examples of upcoming concerts include the English Consul of Viols, Music Through the Centuries and the Duffay Collection. Some displays, concerts and activities are included in the normal ticket admission, while others incur a separate charge. Call ahead of time to find out about upcoming concerts at Banqueting House.
Learn the History of Banqueting House
Learn the history of Banqueting House through an audio recording. Audio recordings are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese, where you will learn about the history of Banqueting House, including more information on the ceiling paintings and other special features of the property. There is no need to pay an additional charge to take advantage of the multi-language audio tour of Banqueting House, as this is included in the admission price.
Banqueting House is located at Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET and the telephone number is +44 (0) 20 7930 4179. Stop by to see the location of King Charles I’s execution, marvel at the architecture, enjoy a concert or take your time looking around by listening to an audio recording of the history of the building.
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