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The Banqueting House, Whitehall

The Undercroft Café at The Banqueting House, Whitehall 

New for Summer 2013!

Escape the ‘rigours of public life’ in the serene and unique Undercroft Café at Banqueting House, Whitehall.

Open 10am to 5pm daily (last orders at 4.30pm), from 19 July to 01 September inclusive.

The air conditioned café is available for light lunches, gourmet snacks, homemade cakes and ice creams, lovingly prepared in the atmospheric Undercroft.  Once the drinking den of King James I, it is the ideal location for breakfast, lunchtime meetings and takeaway items.

Banqueting House is delighted to partner with events caterer Party Ingredients for summer 2013, whose team will operate the café on behalf of the Palace.

The Undercroft Café will run alongside the summer exhibition ‘Performing for the King: The making of a court masque’, which allows visitors to immerse themselves in the magical world of the masque and experience elements of this once lost art.

For further information or images please contact Petra Bones, Head of Banqueting House on 020 3166 6150 or email


Notes to editors:

The Banqueting House is the only remaining complete building of Whitehall Palace, the sovereign’s principal residence until 1698 when it was destroyed by fire. Designed by Inigo Jones for James I, the Banqueting House was originally built for occasions of state, plays and masques. The magnificent ceiling paintings by Sir Peter Paul Rubens were commissioned by Charles to celebrate his father’s life, wise government and the divine right of Kings. Ironic, therefore, that Charles would have walked underneath this ceiling moments before his execution.

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.  Registered charity number 1068852.

Party Ingredients Catering Services Ltd are committed to great food, great drink and great service - a team of specialist event professionals - chefs, managers and serving staff united to deliver a great experience.   Committed to seasonal, locally sourced produce, with menus to reflect the very best that is on offer at this time of year, food is inspired by classic dishes but presented with a modern twist.  Champions of ethical food and drink production and working with suppliers to support small producers and minimize packaging and food miles, our menus use only sustainable fish stocks, seasonal and fairly traded fruit and vegetables and free range eggs.  The Undercroft Café presents delicious, seasonal food prepared on site - healthy fast food for any time of the day.

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