There are many statues and monuments on Whitehall as well as the Cenotaph where the Queen lays the first wreath each year on Remembrance Sunday.
But my favourite place on Whitehall has to be the Banqueting Hall which is just across the road from the Horseguards. Although preceeded by another building it was James I of England and VI of Scotland (1602-25) who decided to replace it with a permanent building. Built of brick and stone and completed in 1609, the new banqueting house had a large hall above a ground floor basement. It was built to provide a setting for a new and elaborate type of court entertainment - the masque.
On 30 January 1649, Charles I was executed just outside the Banqueting House, on a scaffold especially erected in Whitehall. He had lost the Civil War, and his enemies decided that he must be executed.
Charles I was composed on the scaffold. He died with great dignity.
In later years it was used as a chapel but nowadays it is used for concerts and the occasional banquet.