Painted Hall

Historic Building in Greenwich & South London

Designed as a dining hall for retired sailors, this is one of Europe’s greatest banquet halls, containing the largest painting in Europe: the baroque painted ceiling by artist Sir James Thornhill. The hall is undergoing an ambitious conservation effort until March 2019.

An illusory architectural composition frames King William III and Queen Mary II, original patrons of the Painted Hall and the Old Royal Naval College, enthroned amid symbols of their triumph and Britain’s naval power. Beneath William’s feet grovels the defeated French king, Louis XIV, furled flag in hand.