The Banqueting House is the only part that survived the devastating fire in Whitehall Palace which was built during the 14th century and was home to the Archbishop of York. It was designed by Inigo Jones in 1619 and was finished in 1622 and it looks like a cathedral. Its architectonic style is known as Italianate Renaissance and it was the first building in England where crown glass was used in the windows.

The ceiling in the Banqueting House was painted by Peter Paul Rubens and commissioned by King Charles I in 1636. After Charles death, the Banqueting House served as a Royal Chapel and a museum for the Royal United Service Institution. Today, it often hosts lunchtime concerts.

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