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Banqueting House
  • A grand and stately wedding venue
  • Part of the royal Palace of Whitehall
  • Conveniently situated in central London
  • A glorious painted ceiling by Rubens
  • With a licence for civil ceremonies
  • Use the Main Hall or the Undercroft
  • Experienced in-house event planners
  • A list of superb accredited suppliers

Steeped in history and home to Rubens' breathtaking painted ceiling, Banqueting House is one of the most dazzling wedding venues in central London. Specially created for royal entertaining in 1622, Banqueting House has dazzled and impressed guests with its sheer scale and beauty for centuries.

Today, couples can walk in the footsteps of royalty and say "I do" beneath Rubens' great masterpiece in the Main Hall or celebrate in the wonderfully vaulted Undercroft where Stuart Kings once dined and danced. From classic white weddings to relaxed celebrations - the team can help you make your dream wedding become a reality.

History

Originally part of the lost royal Palace of Whitehall, Banqueting House stands tall as a magnificent survivor. The Palace of Whitehall was home to the royal family of the day.

Banqueting House has been rebuilt three times to create the masterpiece we see today. It was originally inhabited by Elizabeth I before being taken over by James I and his wife, Anne of Denmark, to be used as a venue for masques. James I commissioned a more substantial and extravagant building before the third and final re-design was completed by renowned architect Inigo Jones.

The enormous Main Hall rests on top of the vaulted Undercroft complete with spectacular carvings and gilded ceilings. In 1636, the paintings by Rubens were added and have since remained a focal point.

Facilities

Banqueting House has the ability to host small, intimate weddings or spectacularly large, showstopping weddings. Below are the details of the two spaces available for hire.

The Main Hall

Dating back to 1622, The Main Hall oozes glamour and sophistication. Upon arrival, your guests will walk through the beautiful entrance hall before entering the Main Hall through the grand staircase. Complete with twinkling chandeliers and the famous Sir Peter Paul Rubens' painted ceiling, the Main Hall is a real showstopper making it the perfect backdrop for any regal affair.

Civil ceremony capacity - 400 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 300 guests
Evening reception capacity - 300 guests

The Undercroft

Famously known for being a hidden retreat for Stuart Kings, this space is vaulted to create an intimate and atmospheric space for you and your guests. Candelabras line the walkways and create beautiful shadows that dance on the vaulted ceiling. These hidden vaults are perfect for any bride and groom looking for a truly romantic space with a pinch of theatrics to create something magical for their wedding day.

Civil ceremony capacity - 150 guests
Drinks Reception capacity - 380 guests

Suppliers

Over the years, Banqueting House has hosted some monumental events and has therefore built up a substantial list of approved suppliers. These suppliers are the crème de la crème and some of the finest London has to offer. All details of recommended suppliers can be discussed directly with your Event Manager.

Due to the delicate and precious nature of this building, only approved suppliers are entrusted.

If you have fallen in love with Banqueting House please use the contact details provided to contact the team directly.

Address
Banqueting House
Whitehall
Westminster
London
SW1A 2ER
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