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.Plan my London trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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
Spencer House Reviews
This is a delightful house to visit. A little difficult to find the entrance for but a previous trip advisor review gives good and helpful information on entrance location. Visiting is by guided tour ... more »
Quelques belles pièces mais peu meublées, et quasiment rien n'est d'époque, tout a été réaménagé au siècle dernier. Rien d'exceptionnel toutefois, et les salons peuvent être loués à des particuliers f... more »Some beautiful rooms but little furnished, and almost nothing is period, everything has been redesigned in the last century. Nothing exceptional, however, and the salons can be rented to wealthy individuals who wish to do so! Discovers on a guided tour only.
Very lovely house, amazing decor & history.The guide was excellent! Usually I tune out with these tours, I can't concentrate on dates etc, but the guide made it interesting, relevant & funny. A great place to visit!
Brilliant guide welcoming staff. Lovely visit all round. Well worth a look and the money.
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