• Banqueting House inside

  • Rubens' ceiling canvases are the crowning glory of Inigo Jones' Banqueting House.


Please complete all fields. Children must be accompanied
Please complete all fields. Children must be accompanied

Banqueting House Plus River Cruise

Combine a visit to splendid Banqueting House with a river cruise leaving from nearby Westminster pier.

Banqueting House is the only surviving part of the grand Palace of Whitehall, with the rest of the palace being destroyed by fire in 1698.

This revolutionary building, the first in England to be designed in a Palladian style by Inigo Jones and completed in 1622, was intended for the splendour and exuberance of court masques. The Banqueting House is probably most famous for one real life drama: the execution of Charles I which took place here in 1649 to the ‘dismal, universal groan’ of the crowd. 
One of Charles’s last sights as he walked through the Banqueting House to his death was the magnificent ceiling paintings by Sir Peter Paul Rubens painted between 1630 and 1634.
Admission to Banqueting House includes hidden, history talks – a range of short talks daily at 11.30hrs with palace experts. Banqueting House is a short walk from Westminster pier (approx. 10 minutes). 

Your ticket includes:

  • Hop-on Hop-off all day sightseeing cruise ticket
  • Entrance to Banqueting House 

Package details

Opening Times

10.00am-5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm)

10.00am-5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Note: Banqueting House is not open to the public on Thursdays.
Banqueting House frequently closes to the public for private functions. This may affect opening hours on the day of your visit. Please check the information below before visiting.

Please check the Banqueting House opening times prior to arrival. These times are for general guide only and times may vary depending on seasonality and special events. 

Ticket Prices - Westminster Abbey & River Cruise

Online Price From
Adult (16+) from
Child (5-15) from
Student (17+ with ID) from*
Senior (60+) from
Infant (0-4)

Banqueting House ticket is valid for single entry use within 72  hours of issue date.

*Students must have a valid ID on the day of their visit. 

All children aged 15 years and below must be accompanied by an adult 18+.

General Information 

Attraction tickets must first be collected from Westminster Pier (SW1A 2JH), Tower Pier (EC3N 4DT) or Greenwich Pier (SE10 9HT). You will not be able to enter the attraction without your tickets!

Sightseeing Timetable

Sightseeing cruises depart every 40 minutes from piers at Westminster, London Eye, Tower and Greenwich. 

10:30 11:10 11:50 12:30 13:10 14:30 15:10B 15:50B*16:30A*17:10C*17:50C*18:30A*
10:30 11:10 11:50 12:30 13:10 13:50B 14:30B 15:10A 15:50*16:30*17:10C*17:50C*18:30A*
10:30 11:10 11:50 12:30 13:10 13:50B 14:30B 15:10A 15:50*16:30*17:10C*17:50C*
10:10 10:50 11:30 12:10 12:50 13:30 13:50 14:10 14:50 15:30 16:10 16:50B 17:30B 18:10*18:50C*19:30C*
10:10 10:50 11:30 12:10 12:50 13:30 14:10 14:50 15:30C 16:10C 16:50A*
10:10 10:50 11:30 12:10 13:30 14:10 14:50 15:30 16:10C 16:50C 17:30A
10:00 10:40 11:15 11:55 12:35 12:55 13:15 13:55 14:35 15:15 15:55 16:35 17:15 17:55C 18:35C 19:15A*19:35A*
10:00 10:40 11:20 12:00 12:40 13:20 13:40 14:00 14:40 15:20 16:00 16:40B 17:20B 18:00B 18:40C*19:20C*
10:00 10:40 11:20 12:00 12:40 13:20 14:00 14:40 15:20 16:00 16:40B 17:20B 18:00B 18:40C*19:20C*
10:00 10:40 11:20 12:00 12:40 13:20 14:00 14:40 15:20C 16:00C 16:40A

* No return service available. 


A: Return services runs only in high summer: 2nd July to 16th September 2018. 

B: Return services runs only in spring, summer and autumn 7th April to 28th October 2018. 

C: Extra services for spring to autumn: 9th April to 28th October 2018.

D: Please be advised if you wish to travel to Tower Pier, London Eye and Greenwich pier you will need to change boats. 

Actual times may vary depending upon the state of the tide and other river traffic. Always check with City Cruises staff for any changes to advertised services. 


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