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'Save Banqueting House', urges art expert

Published: Sunday 8th of February 2009

A leading commentator has urged authorities to preserve and restore what he called one of London's most "unloved visitor attractions".

Singing the praises of the historic building, Guardian art writer Jonathan Jones has urged the government to bring Banqueting House back to its former glory.

Writing for the newspaper's On Art blog, he wrote: "Banqueting House on London's Whitehall has become recognised in recent years as a cultural treasure. Celebrated in TV history programmes, known more and more widely as a unique survival from one of Britain's great lost buildings, you probably don't need me to tell you how special it is.

"Just because buildings are not actually falling down does not mean they don't need restoration. Centuries of being caught in the toils of Britain's government have stained this great treasure."

LondonPass holders can see Banqueting House for themselves for free, saving £4.50 for adults and £2.25 for children.

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