The imposing building of Banqueting House has a history as rich as its opulent décor. Since its completion in 1662, Banqueting House has been used by Kings and Queens of England to lavishly entertain, impress and receive guests. It was once a part of Whitehall Palace, but a fire destroyed the rest of the palace in 1698 and Banqueting House is all that remains. Today it is one of the finest event venues in the UK.

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Weddings at Banqueting House

The dramatic and beautiful interiors of this regal building make it a wonderful backdrop to a day as special as your wedding, and with a fabulous neoclassical facade, it impresses outside as well as in.

Celebrate in the tradition of King James I in his hedonistic hideaway The Undercroft, or marvel at the Rubens masterpiece that appears on the ceiling of the Main Hall – both are licensed for weddings and civil partnerships. Our award winning chefs will create you a bespoke meal to match the stunning surroundings, and you’ll never forget a first dance in the splendour of the chandelier-lit Main Hall.

Christmas at Banqueting House

When you choose a venue with a name like “Banqueting House”, you know you’re in for a very merry Christmas indeed!

A drinks reception in James I’s drinking den, the atmospheric Undercroft, is always a great way to start a party, and it really comes into its own for Christmas celebrations. Then your guests can climb the grand staircase to the gorgeous Main Hall, where they will be blown away by the awe-inspiring space and the magnificent Rubens painted ceiling. It’s a venue designed for feasting – the perfect place for your guests to enjoy a sumptuous dinner and rest their feet before the dancing starts!

Rooms in the Banqueting House

Main Hall

Standing 500 Long Tables 380 Standing 400 Standing 380

Charles I commissioned Rubens to paint the magnificent ceiling in the Main Hall and this grand and versatile venue is perfect for banquets, conferences and dinners. However, it wasn’t so perfect for King Charles in the end – he was executed here in 1649.

The Undercroft

Standing 380 Long Tables 120 Standing 60 Standing 120

The Undercroft was a favourite haunt of James I. His private drinking den is wonderfully atmospheric for drinks receptions or a candlelit dinner.