The Palace of Whitehall was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698 when most of its structures, except for Inigo Jones's 1622 Banqueting House, were destroyed by fire. Before then, it had grown to be the largest palace in Europe with more than 1,500 rooms, overtaking the Vatican, though being overtaken by the expanding Palace of Versailles which was to reach 2,400 rooms. The palace gives its name, Whitehall, to the road on which many of the current administrative buildings of the UK government are situated, and hence metonymically to the central government itself.
At its most expansive, the palace extended over much of the area bordered by Northumberland Avenue in the north; to Downing Street and nearly to Derby Gate in the south; and from roughly the elevations of the current buildings facing Horse Guards Road in the west, to the then banks of the River Thames in the east (the construction of Victoria Embankment has since reclaimed more land from the Thames)—a total of about 23acre. It is about 650 metres from Westminster Abbey. To visit Whitehall Palace and get the most from your holiday in London, create itinerary details personal to you using our London day trip planning website.
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Your tour starts with a short video on the history of this palace and how it was saved from a fire that destroyed everything around it. There really is only one room to view, a large banquet hall... more »
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see this from the front side but rather from it’s backside in Whitehall Gardens on the Victoria Embankment. What a breathtakingly beautiful building. It’s an absolute..... more »
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