As the last remaining piece of the lost royal palace of Whitehall, Banqueting House transports you back to an era of lavish feasts and awe-inspiring surroundings. Nowhere else in the world can you dine under centuries of artistic history on your wedding night.
Wedding Venue Snapshot: - Banqueting House is a large ballroom with an astonishingly beautiful ceiling, and below the ballroom is a basement of arches. The two spaces are connected by a sprawling staircase that is simply demanding to be adorned in fresh rose petals and flickering candles - The main ballroom is licenced to host wedding ceremonies for 400 guests, dinners of 250 with a dancefloor or 380 without, and standing receptions for up to 500 guests - The Undercroft below can host ceremonies for 150 guests, dinner for 120 and dancing for 380 guests - The venue is only available for exclusive dry hire with rates starting from 13 000 GBP VAT and the option to extend the late licence to 1am for an additional 1 000 GBP VAT - Banqueting House has a diverse list of accredited caterers to peruse, ensuring that all taste buds will be satisfied - Round tables and elegant dining chairs are included in your venue hire fee
Standing proud on Westminster’s Whitehall and across the street from the renowned Horse Guards Parade, Banqueting House encapsulates the rich history and beauty that so abundantly surrounds it. The looming stone facade and towering pillars hint to what can be expected inside.
Entering the foyer on ground floor level, a grand twisting staircase flanks the left side of the building and the vaulted Undercroft tunnels off under the right. The Undercroft is a versatile blank space, with an arch every few paces and low lighting on the smooth white walls.
The space is licenced for wedding ceremonies for up to 150 guests. Later that evening, the vaulted room can be converted into a trendy bar and dancefloor. Tuck chic lounge pockets between arches and wash the walls with uplighters in any colour you desire, The Undercroft can become your own personalised underground nightclub.
While basements are always a quirky dancing option, the main event space on the first floor can comfortably host a dinner and dance floor for 250 guests. This awe-inspiring room has an exceptionally high ceiling, striking columns and inviting warm grey walls that would complement nearly any wedding theme. On your wedding night, sip champagne beneath the golden baroque details that encircle nine of Peter Paul Ruben’s oil paintings, all of which were mounted in Banqueting House’s ceiling in 1636 and have been unmoved since. To the delight of your photographers and videographers, an elevated gallery fringes the ballroom, allowing for panoramic shots of the room and its spectacular size. On special occasions, a choir has been granted access to the gallery to sing down on the guests during the ceremony.
Despite its rich history and well-preserved features, Banqueting House is a remarkably simple and accommodating venue to host a wedding in. With the choice of either room for your ceremony, minimal restrictions and vast capacities for dinner and dancing, the 16th century building is a masterful piece of architecture that will continue to astonish all those who visit it.
We were married at Banqueting House in London, one of a few historic Royal Palaces in the city. The whole House is steeped in history and adorned with fine art. The ceremony itself was also held at Banqueting House and attended by some 290 friends and family. The celebrations went on long into the evening with an after party in the vaults.
We had the pleasure of having a wedding at the Banqueting House. We don't know what we loved more about the Main Hall... It was impossible to choose a favourite between the spectacular ceiling painted by Sir Peter Paul Rubens or the lovely flowers on top of the most beautiful sage and blush tablescapes.
The Banqueting Hall provided a great place for dinner and dancing, as well as the daybeds for guests to relax on. The high ceilings meant we could bring in impressively tall trees into the venue, once again tying in with the theme of Arabian Nights. We love the Banqueting House and think it is a wonderfully versatile and flexible venue, perfectly suited to all events.
The dust has finally settled after our incredible day at The Banqueting House, and I wanted to write and thank you so very much for all that you did to make our special day such a huge success.
I think we got to great decisions which enabled the evening to run so smoothly. I simply cannot thank you enough.