Marlborough House

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Marlborough House, Pall Mall, St. James’s SW1Y 5HX
0207 747 6491

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Closed to the public

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The light brown building to the east of St. James’s Palace is Marlborough House. It was commissioned by the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, a.k.a. John and Sarah Churchill – one of the 18th-century’s most powerful couples.

Duke and Duchess of Marlborough

The Duke of Marlborough was one of Europe’s most gifted generals – arguably the finest that England has ever produced – and had recently beat back the French at the Battle of Blenheim. And with Sarah being a close personal friend of Queen Anne, they managed to obtain a lease for the land next to the Royal residence.

In 1709 they hired Christopher Wren to work on the exterior, but lived in it for only a few short years until the Duke’s death a decade later. Sarah went on until 1744 and it remained in family hands until 1817 – when it finally reverted back to the Crown.

It was then used as place for lesser royals to live, until it was turned over once again – to the government this time, for use as a Commonwealth of Nations Conference Centre. The last royal to actually live there was Queen Mary in 1953.


If you enjoy this then try: Clarence House (you can walk it in less than 3 mins); Lancaster House (you can walk it in 4 mins); The Mall (you can walk it in less than 2 mins) and St. James’s Palace (you can walk it in less than 3 mins).

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