Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Banqueting House

Over the Summer, I visited the Banqueting House
in London with Mela from Pincushion Treats.
I'm just getting around to posting the photos but had to share.

The Banqueting House is the only remaining portion of  
Whitehall Palace that was destroyed by fire in 1698.
It was designed by Inigo Jones and completed in 1622.
The hall was used by the British Royalty for entertaining and Masques. 

The audio-tour was informative and it only took about an hour to get through.
The definite highlight of the space is the ceiling painted by Rubens in 1635. 
It is spectacular and is the only ceiling done by the famous painter
that is still in its original location. 

 The Banqueting House is also famously
the location of the execution of Charles I in 1649. 

Take a look...


Hope you are having a terrific weekend. 



  1. It reminds me of an English version of the Scuolas in Venice. So gorgeous!!

  2. Such a lovely building! Your photos came out so great.

  3. Another lovely place I haven't visited in my own town! Thanks for the tour x

  4. Wow! I love how they have the mirrored boxes to look down into so that you don't have to lurch your head UP to see the lovely ceiling!

  5. The detail on the ceiling painting is amazing. I wonder how long he had to plan and work to get it that way.
    I enjoy visiting England with you and my list of things to do on my next trip is growing fast.

  6. Lovely pictures! I love the chandeliers!

  7. The Banqueting House is the venue for my work Christmas Party this year...and am very inspired by your pics. Thanks

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