Dramatic, revolutionary and exuberant…
When it was completed in 1622, the Banqueting House astounded London society, and it still has the power to dazzle and impress today. Designed by Inigo Jones for James I, the building was built in the Palladian style and is one of England’s earliest classical buildings. The Main Hall, which housed banquets, balls and masques, is dominated by a magnificent ceiling painted by Peter Paul Rubens. With its glittering chandeliers, it is the ideal setting for dinners, receptions, fashion shows and conferences, while the wonderful acoustics make classical concerts a pure delight.
Underneath the Main Hall is the more intimate vaulted Undercroft, enjoyed as a drinking den by James I.
A sweeping staircase leads you up to the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Main Hall. The proportions of this elegant room were calculated to meet the ancient Roman idea of perfection and create a sense of harmony. It is the perfect double cube.
The magnificent ceiling paintings by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens were commissioned by Charles I to glorify the achievements of his father James I, and to emphasise the divine right of the monarchy. Ironically, the ceiling was one of the last sights that the doomed Charles saw as he walked beneath it on his way to his execution, carried out at the Banqueting House on 30 January 1649.
The building, built for the exuberance of court masques and drama of grand receptions, is still used as it was originally intended. It has hosted prestigious royal banquets, dazzling social occasions, charity fashion shows, concerts and theatrical performances.
The classical perfection of the hall also provides a grand backdrop for corporate functions, bluechip luncheons or dynamic business breakfasts.
41 Whitehall, London
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