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BANQUETING HOUSE

Whitehall, London
SW1A 2ER

Hours
Mon – Sun:                          10am – 7pm
                          last admission at 5.30pm
24-26 December,1 January:        Closed 

Commissioned by James I and built upon the site of the original Tudor Palace of Whitehall, this building is pivotal as England’s first neo-classical structure. The vaulted undercroft room was designed as James I’s drinking den and the ceiling preserves the only surviving in-situ ceiling painting by Peter Paul Rubens. Today, you can learn about the court masque era, a time when elaborate propaganda celebrating divine kingship would be disguised and performed as theater and entertainment.


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