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Banquet Hall - Inigo Jones

The Banqueting House at Whitehall, London, is an extremely grand piece of architecture which is very lucky to have survived this long - the other buildings and components of the Palace of Whitehall are long gone - either in fires or other similar incidents. This building holds particular importance for being the first of its kind in Britain - it's neo-classical, simple style was to revolutionize English architecture.

The first banquet hall at the Palace was a lot smaller, and had a much shorter life span. It was built for James I, but (like its brothers) perished in a fire at the beginning of 1619, thanks to a few workmen who thought it would be a good idea to clean up the mess from the New Years party by burning all the rubbish inside the building! Thankfully, work quickly began a erecting a new Banquet House, designed by stylish architect Inigo Jones.

Inigo Jones had spent much time in Italy, studying their architecture and renaissance style, and brought his findings and ideas back with him, to pour into the new Banquet Hall. He completely transformed the complicated, Jacobean, English style, and created a much simpler, classic, powerful design. This was quite a risky chance he took, as his design did not match at all with the designs of the adjacent buildings, but it was definitely a risk that paid off, and by 1622, when building was completed, a whole new fashion was born. Used not only for banquets, but also for royal receptions, ceremonies and musical events, the entertainment given in this Hall would have been among the finest of its time in Europe.

These days, the Banquet House is a grade I listed building, and is cared for by the 'Historic Royal Palaces' independent charity, who receive no outside funding. The public may visit and explore this magnificent building every day from 10am-5pm, for just a £5 entry fee.


Hotels near Banqueting House (Inigo Jones)


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Corinthia Hotel London

Whitehall Place , London , SW1A 2BD

Corinthia Hotel London is 0.26 kilometers from Banqueting House (Inigo Jones). Room prices starting from £ 427.5

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9.4 out of 10

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£ 427.5
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Valet Apartments Whitehall

53 Whitehall , London , SW1A 2HP

Valet Apartments Whitehall is 0.26 kilometers from Banqueting House (Inigo Jones). Room prices starting from £ 249

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9.2 out of 10

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£ 249
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The Royal Horseguards

2 Whitehall Court , London , SW1A 2EJ

The Royal Horseguards is 0.27 kilometers from Banqueting House (Inigo Jones). Room prices starting from £ 188

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9.1 out of 10

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£ 188
LSE Northumberland House

Edward VII Rooms 8a Northumberland Avenue , London , WC2N 5BY

LSE Northumberland House is 0.34 kilometers from Banqueting House (Inigo Jones). Room prices starting from £ 64

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7.9 out of 10

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£ 64
The Grand at Trafalgar Square

8 Northumberland Avenue , London , WC2N 5BY

The Grand at Trafalgar Square is 0.36 kilometers from Banqueting House (Inigo Jones). Room prices starting from £ 127.44

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8.3 out of 10

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£ 127.44
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square

8 Northumberland Avenue , London , WC2N 5BY

Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square is 0.36 kilometers from Banqueting House (Inigo Jones). Room prices starting from £ 127.44

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8.4 out of 10

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£ 127.44
Citadines Trafalgar Square

18-21 Northumberland Ave , London , WC2N 5EA

Citadines Trafalgar Square is 0.36 kilometers from Banqueting House (Inigo Jones). Room prices starting from £ 162

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8.3 out of 10

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£ 162
Uber London London Eye House

23 Craven Street , London , WC2N 5NS

Uber London London Eye House is 0.37 kilometers from Banqueting House (Inigo Jones). Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.1 out of 10

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Uber London Palace Penthouse

1-3 Spring Gardens London , London , SW1A 2BB

Uber London Palace Penthouse is 0.41 kilometers from Banqueting House (Inigo Jones). Room prices starting from £ 0

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8 out of 10

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The Trafalgar Hilton

2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square , London , SW1A 2TS

The Trafalgar Hilton is 0.45 kilometers from Banqueting House (Inigo Jones). Room prices starting from £ 176.25

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8.2 out of 10

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£ 176.25