VENUE OF THE MONTH: BANQUETING HOUSE
6 May 2019 | Shay Stanberry
No venue was built for a more specific purpose than Banqueting House. Designed by Inigo Jones for King James I after the original burnt down, the last remaining building of Whitehall Palace wows guests as much in 2019 as it did back in 1622.Seating up to 380 guests for dinner, guests walk in the footsteps of Royalty as they dine in the Great Hall, below the spectacular ceiling. Containing nine paintings, the ceiling is considered a Baroque masterpiece, painted by Peter Paul Rubens in 1636. With glittering chandeliers and soaring pillars, the Great Hall is the perfect setting for large receptions, weddings and awards ceremonies.
Previously used by King James I as a drinking den, The Undercroft offers an inviting reception area, with low-lighting and cosy arches creating a seemingly more intimate space. The Undercroft also offers a fabulous space for seated dinners of up to 120 guests.