As the last remaining piece of the lost Royal Palace of Whitehall, Banqueting House weddings transport you back to an era of lavish feasts and awe inspiring London surroundings. The venue comprises a huge ballroom with an astonishingly beautiful ceiling and a vaulted Undercroft below. The two spaces are connected by a majestic staircase that can be adorned with flowers and flickering candles.
Wedding Venue Snapshot:
- Banqueting House is a large ballroom with a breathtaking hand painted ceiling by Rubens and an atmospheric Undercroft below - The main ballroom is licensed to host wedding ceremonies for 400 guests, dinners of 250 with a dance floor 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, with 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 the treasures that 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 canvas which features stone paved floors, symmetrical ceiling arches, and attractive low lighters that illuminate the smooth white walls.
This extraordinary space is licensed for wedding ceremonies for up to 150 guests, and later in the evening the vaulted room can be converted into a trendy bar and dance floor area. Tuck chic lounge chairs between the arches and wash the walls with up-lighters in any colour you desire. With effective production, decoration and lighting, 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 also 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 in Whitehall is a remarkably simple and accommodating London 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.
A hidden gem. The last remaining part of the old palace of Whitehall which burned to the ground more than 300 years ago.
A stunning Neo-classical/Baroque interior and an incredible history make this well worth a visit.
Absolutely under rated place in London. Located very close to the Churchill war rooms, this stunning venue is a piece of history! The ceiling painted by Rubens is gorgeous and elaborate. Lots of seating space which you can look at all the stunning detailing.
The main Banqueting Hall is still used for functions today. I can sum up my opinion of this room in one word - WOW! The room is very large with a throne at the far end but the most spectacular part of this very high room is the Ruben's ceiling - it is magnificent.