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’s 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.
Closed on Thursdays from September 2017Closed 24, 25, 26 December 2017 and 1 January 2018Closed 22-26 February 2018Closed 14-18 April 2018
The Main Hall of the Banqueting House is accessible via a lift in an adjoining property, Monday - Friday only. The Banqueting House does not manage the adjoining property and therefore cannot always guarantee the use of the lift. Please call in advance to check availability - 020 3166 6155/6154/6152 - especially if you plan to visit on a Saturday, Sunday or are attending a function.
This entrance to the lift is 27” (approx. 68.58cm) and it is 30” (approx. 76.2cm) deep. Therefore, a portable or standard size wheelchair is required. There is also a ramp down to The Undercroft.
Admission for visitors with a disability is at the published rates but an accompanying carer is admitted free of charge.