Banqueting house

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Banqueting House, Whitehall, London

In Tudor and Early Stuart English architecture a banqueting house is a separate building reached through pleasure gardens from the main residence, whose use is purely for entertaining. It may be raised for additional air or a vista, and it may be richly decorated, but it contains no bedrooms or kitchens. The best known example is the Banqueting House on Whitehall. Its contemporary Italian equivalent was a casina.