Venue of the Month – Banqueting House

Venue of the Month – Banqueting House

Whether you need a venue for a wedding or a private dinner, finding the right venue can be challenging.

Selecting somewhere with a bit of history will create that all-important atmosphere and will provide a lasting impression on your guests.

Banqueting House is a truly magnificent venue that is versatile and will show off your brand.

Here at At Home Catering, we know it is hard to find that location that ticks all the boxes, so we have collected all the essential information together that will hopefully leave you feeling inspired!

History of Banqueting House

Banqueting House is steeped in history. Known as York Place, it was the London home of the archbishops of York. Taken over by Henry VIII, he made it his palace for himself and his Queen, Anne Boleyn. It was then known as Whitehall and was the centre of celebrations and ceremonies of Tudor and Stuart monarchies.

Banqueting House was designed by Inigo Jones, who used his travelling influence to design it in Palladian style. Banqueting House had a classic renaissance style that was simpler than the Jacobean architecture of England.

Unfortunately, in 1698 the palace burnt down by a fire that raged for 17 hours. Banqueting House is the survivor of the magnificent Whitehall Palace.

The exterior of Banqueting House was repaired in 2015/6 to restore it to its former glory. The interior is currently is being repaired, in a way to respect the history of the past.

The highlight of Banqueting House is the celling of the Main Hall. It has a carved and gilded ceiling, containing nine paintings by Rubens, a highly influential Flemish artist. Most of Rubens paintings are in art galleries across the world. The exterior of Banqueting House was originally more colourful than it is today, as today it has been refaced with greyish-white Portland stone.

Today, the palace is used as a venue for private and corporate events and open to the public for tours.

Essential Information

Banqueting House is a events venue as well as a visitor attraction. Its magnificent history adds a spectacular element to any event, whether that be a wedding, conference or dinner.

It has two spaces available for private and corporate entertaining – The Banqueting Hall and the Undercroft.

The Banqueting Hall was created for extravagant entertainments and is perfect for wedding receptions and formal dinners. It can hold a drinks reception of around 500 people or seat 320 for a dinner and dance. The painting on the ceilings and the Grecian pillars, make the space feel grand and is a light and airy space.

There is Wi-Fi throughout, has fantastic acoustics and is in a central London location. There is also pinspot lighting in the main hall and the venue has its own wedding licence.

Underneath the Main Hall, The Undercroft was designed as a drinking den for James I and his friends. The Undercroft makes an ideal space for a party or an intimate dinner.

The beautiful alcoves are perfect for a wedding ceremony or reception and can be decorated with lavish flowers or neon lights depending on the type of event. It can host 150 for a ceremony, 380 for drinks, 120 to dine or 250 for an after party so it is a very versatile space!

Location of Banqueting House

Banqueting House is in central London. Close by landmarks are 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and Westminster.

Public Transport to Banqueting House

Banqueting House is close to many underground stations, the closest being Westminster or Embankment. Charing Cross station is only a 10-minute walk away.

There is no on-site parking at Banqueting house and parking in the local area is limited. However, the nearest car park is Q-park Trafalgar which is a 6-minute walk away.

There are many bus routes that stop near to Banqueting House. Routes, 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88 and 159 all stop close by.

Types of Events that can be hosted

Banqueting House is a versatile space that can be used for many different types of occasions. Some of these include:

Why Pick Banqueting House?

Banqueting House is a building rich in history. It’s breath-taking double-height ceiling at 55ft is the highlight of the Main Hall and will be sure to impress your guests.