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Banqueting House

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 09:45

Back by popular demand, the Banqueting House events team organised a relaxing yoga session for event professionals on Wednesday 25 February under the venue’s majestic Rubens ceiling.

The familiarisation morning dubbed #RelaxUnderRubens gave the opportunity for the traditional space to be shown with a creative twist for event agents and venue finders.

To invigorate the guests for the early morning start, delicious and healthy shots of  kale, acai berry and wheatgrass smoothies were provided on arrival by approved caterers ‘Food by Dish’.

Vraja, the charming yoga instructor took guests through a gentle routine that incorporated the best views of the beautiful ceiling while relaxing classical music played softly in the background. Approved production supplier ‘White Light’, accentuated the soaring Main Hall columns with colour changing LED uplighters and floor wash gobos which they have installed as part of the Banqueting House’s new event package for 2015. To accompany the mood enhancing lighting, the venue showed off their new in house projectors with scrolling images of event set ups and funky hash-tag yoga slogans.

The event was rounded off by Food by Dish providing a post yoga networking breakfast buffet. Served in the Undercroft, a healthy theme was on the menu, consisting of natural yoghurt with granola and fresh fruit skewers and for those feeling far too healthy after the morning’s workout, naughty mini bacon butties were also on offer!

Fully energized, guests left ready to face the day with goodie bags which included a yoga mat and yummy macaroons as a reward for their hard work.

Jennifer Walker, Head of Banqueting House, added “ It was great to host an event where clients can view the venue from a different angle and for the Banqueting House events team to have the opportunity to showcase our new events offering for 2015”


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.