Banqueting House London

Whitehall, England, SW1A 2ER, United Kingdom


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Banqueting House London Weddings

Banqueting House London is the last remaining piece of the lost Royal Palace of Whitehall and is an ideal setting for wedding celebrations of all sizes. With its awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent interior, guests will feel transported back to an era of lavish feasts and royal entertaining.

The Scene at Banqueting House London

Whether you’d like an intimate ceremony and reception or a spectacular affair with all your friends and family, Banqueting House London guarantees first-class service and a sensational backdrop for your wedding day.

The stunning Main Hall with its famous Rubens ceiling will comfortably seat up to 300 guests for a dinner and dance affair. The striking columns, warm grey walls, and glittering chandeliers complement nearly any wedding theme and provide a surreal backdrop to photos. Guests can sip champagne beneath the intricate details of Peter Paul Rubens’ paintings which were installed in Banqueting House’s ceiling in 1636 and have been marvelled at since. 

Beneath the ballroom, and connected by a grand twisting staircase that can be adorned with flowers and lighting, guests will find the Undercroft, a versatile blank canvas basement that features stone-paved floors, beautiful ceiling arches, and attractive low lighters that illuminate the smooth white walls. Once a popular drinking den for monarchs and courtiers, the Undercroft can host ceremonies for 150 guests and up to 120 guests for dinner.

Exclusive hire of Banqueting House, which includes the Main Hall and Undercroft, ranges from £11,000 to £15,000 depending on the day of the week and month of the year. Security guards, a venue manager, 300 dining chairs, welcome hostesses and a cleaner are all included in the venue hire. 

Banqueting House London Wedding Ceremonies

Guests will be delighted to know that both the charming Undercroft and the astonishing Main Hall are licensed for wedding ceremonies.

The intimate Undercroft radiates romance and offers space for up to 150 ceremony guests. For a larger affair, the Main Hall boasts glittering chandeliers and a magnificent ceiling masterpiece for wedding ceremonies with up to 400 guests. 

Banqueting House London Wedding Receptions

Once favoured by England’s monarchs, the Undercroft offers a dramatic yet elegant space for drink receptions and evening entertainment, allowing capacity for up to 380 guests at a drinks reception. The magical subterranean space makes for an unforgettable evening of dining, dancing and celebration. 

For a more sizeable reception, rejoice in the grandeur of the Main Hall. With room for 450 people, guests will follow in the footsteps of kings and queens, climbing the majestic staircase to the grandeur of the Main Hall. Here, magnificent pillars and twinkling chandeliers will be waiting below Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ glorious painted ceiling.

Wedding Photography Near Banqueting House London

Some of the most popular wedding photography locations near Banqueting House London are:

  • St. James Park
  • Banqueting House
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standing Up to 500 Standing
dining Up to 380 Dining
theatre Up to 400 Theatre
cabaret Up to 280 Cabaret
dinner Up to 300 Dinner & Dance

Wedding Venue Details

Wedding Services Ceremony & Reception
Ceremony Only
Reception Only
Wedding Ceremony Indoor


Accommodation Onsite
Rooms Available N/A
Onsite Car Parking
Available Spaces N/A
Catering Options  3rd Party Catering
Dry Hire
Cuisine Options  N/A

Spaces At This Venue

  • Banqueting House Wedding Venue, The Main Hall1

    Main Hall

    Created especially for parties in 1622, the Main Hall is truly a sight to behold. Magnificent pillars and magical chandeliers will draw gazes toward the colourful masterpiece that is Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ spectacular painted ceiling. Guests will arrive via the elegant entry hall and follow in the footsteps of late royalty as they ascend the grand staircase to the majestic Main Hall.

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  • Banqueting House Social Event, The Undercroft

    The Undercroft

    The charming, vaulted space of the Undercroft provides a magical and intimate atmosphere for special occasions. The beautifully curved architecture of the underground room is wonderfully ambient and is where Stuart kings once retreated from public life.

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Nearby Hotels

  • The Royal Horseguards
  • Haymarket Hotel
  • Corinthia London
  • Hotel Sofitel London St James

Nearby Restaurants

  • Busaba Leicester Square
  • Burger & Lobster Leicester Square
  • Rosetta
  • Barrafina

Nearby Parks

  • St James’s Park
  • Green Park
  • Hyde Park
  • Whitehall Gardens

Nearby attractions

  • The National Gallery
  • St Martin-in-the-Fields
  • The London Eye
  • Admiralty Arch

Venue Testimonials

Amazing place for a party, very elegant and fancy, mind-blowing ceiling.

Simply Vegan

This is an extraordinary landmark in British royal history and without a doubt the ceiling is wonderful.

Andy West

Great hidden venue […] Fantastic architecture in the Banqueting Room.

Richard Hook

Frequently Asked Questions

Standard venue hire starts from £13,000 +VAT

Yes, for catering, production, florists and entertainment there is a handpicked approved supplier list. Due to the delicate and historical nature of Banqueting House, the suppliers must come from this list; unapproved suppliers are not permitted to work at Banqueting House.

A wedding at Banqueting House London is a truly unforgettable experience. Celebrate your wedding day in a timeless event space that was once enjoyed by kings and queens.

  • The Royal Horseguards
  • Haymarket Hotel
  • Corinthia London
  • Hotel Sofitel London St James

No, there is no onsite parking facility. The nearest car park is a 6-minute walk away at Q-park Trafalgar, however, parking there is limited so it is recommended that visitors travel by public transport where possible.

Banqueting House London works with a number of first-class catering companies within London. They have an approved supplier list that they will provide to guests to help find the right caterer for their event.

Yes, there is a range of London attractions nearby including The National Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields, The London Eye and the Admiralty Arch.


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