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Fri 15th Feb Banqueting Hall

Come into the Banqueting House for a special tour of this amazing space and experience the royal drama and splendour of this often over-looked palace which sits at the heart of Whitehall.

Inigo Jones’s masterpiece of classical architecture was commissioned by James 1 as the venue for masques, receptions and entertainments and was completed in 1622. Inigo Jones decided to create a building which looked like a piece of ancient Rome transposed to Whitehall and it marks the beginning of a revolution in British architecture.

Inside you will see the magnificent ceiling painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens which is the only one surviving

in-situ. Often cited as being from a golden age of painting, the ceiling

would have been one of the last sights of King Charles 1 before his execution outside on the pavement of Whitehall.

Our guide, Siobhan Clarke, is based at Hampton Court Palace and is an HRP Guide Lecturer and, coincidentally, the speaker at our December Monthly Meeting. Her tour will give us a fantastic opportunity to learn about architecture, art, constitutional history and the human-interest story of an ill- fated king. It will take the form of a sit- down lecture with Q&A, then a circuit of the hall to look at the paintings in detail.

After meeting at Waterloo we will take the Jubilee Line to Westminster then walk to the Red Lion in Parliament Street where we will have tea or coffee and biscuits. This historic pub is decorated to resemble a Victorian gin palace and there is a steep flight of stairs to the Dining Room. We will then continue to Banqueting House where our guide will meet us at 11.15am. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes.

Date: Friday 15 February 2019

Cost: £14.30 per person including coffee and biscuits, entrance, tour fee and tip.

(Historic Royal Palaces members £9.90. You must have your valid membership card with you.)

Meeting Point/Departure Time:

Waterloo Station opposite Platform 1 at 10.05am

If you would like to join this outing please complete the enclosed application form (one for each household or individual) and send it, together with your cheque for £14.30 per person to:

Claire Bletcher, 17, Lower Green Road, Esher, KT10 8HE, Tel: 020 8398 7107

If you do not give an email address please include a stamped, self-ad- dressed envelope. If you give your email address, all information will be sent by email, including any changes to timings so please check your emails regularly.