Spending a couple of days in London, we decided to visit the Banqueting House on Saturday morning, after a gap of many years since we last enjoyed the building. Spectacular architecture by Inigo Jones and an awe inspiring ceiling by Rubens. Make sure you use the excellent free audio guide which brings the whole history of the building to life. Enjoy viewing the ceiling either via the handily placed mirror for the less able or for the more agile by lying back on the flexible bean bag style seating. Looking across Whitehall to the crowds jostling for the perfect selfie with the Horse Guards, all in the wind and rain, it seemed a shame that more were not enjoying this great building which has played such a big part in British history. The staff were very welcoming and helpful.
The banquet hall was built by James I. It once survived the fire and is still very well preserved.
The banquet hall is a national monument and is open to the public. Designed in a neo-classical style, it was completed in 1822. The hall has beautiful and magnificent pillars and amazing ceiling paintings. Charles I was beheaded outside the hall in history, and it is also close to Downing Street.
The banquet hall is the place where the British royal family or the country holds an important state banquet. When Xi came to the United Kingdom that year, the British government and the royal family hosted him here. Very luxurious atmosphere, full of royal style, but unfortunately we can only look at it, can not taste the royal cuisine, it is really regrettable.
The Banqueting Hall in the Whitehall Palace is where the English committed regicide in 1649. King Charles I was put on a scaffold and beheaded. The Banqueting Hall was one of the most interesting historical sites in London.