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Spencer House, London

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From its conception, Spencer House was recognized as one of the most ambitious aristocratic private palaces ever built in London and is today the city’s only great eighteenth-century private palace to survive intact. The house was built in (1756-66) for John, 1st Earl Spencer an ancestor of Diana, princess of Wales (1971-97). Designed by John Vardy and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart, the house is one of the pioneer examples of neo-classical architecture and marks a turning point in English architectural history from Palladianism to neo-classical. Spencer House has regained the full splendor of its late-eighteenth century appearance, after a painstaking ten-year restoration undertaken by RIT Capital Partners Plc. Eight state rooms are open to the public for viewing on Sundays, and are available for private and corporate entertaining during the rest of the week. These Magnificently restored rooms were amongst the first neo-classical interiors in Europe. Vardy’s Palm Room, with its spectacular screen of gilded palm trees and arched fronds, is a unique Palladian set piece, while the elegant mural decorations of Stuart’s Painted Room reflect the eighteenth-century passion for classical Greece and Rome.

Every Sunday (expect during August)

10:30am to 5:45pm (last tour 4.45pm).

Adults: £12.00. Concessions: £10.00

Open for Private group tours throughout the rest of the week

Telephone: 02075141958

Email: tours@spencerhouse.co.uk
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  • This is one of the few remaining aristocratic mansions that were built in he 18 th century in his part of London. It is on a long lease to the Rothschild foundation who have restored the house to its ...  more »
  • This is apparently a little-known tourist site. Only open to tourists Sundays. Book online but wasn't busy when we were there so may be possible to drop in, but need to know time of tour Cost 12.50 GB...  more »
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  • Amazing tour by a brilliant Blue badge guide. A stunningly looked after and restored house with lots of history. Well worth a visit or even hire a room for a special occasion - you'll be hard pushed to find a more spectacular setting.
  • A lovely place full of history with incredible spaces to enjoy art, its worth it to visit, staff is very kind and helpful to answer any questions its really fascinating. Simply breathtaking. Love it :)
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