Guided tour of Spencer House

, 27 St. James’s Place, St. James’s, London 51.505354 -0.139985
Dates & Time:
Every Sunday (except during Aug)
Hour long tours between 10 AM and 5.30 PM (last entry 4.30 PM)
Tickets & Cost:
£12 on a first-come, first-served basis
The maximum number of people on each tour is 20
Note: Children under 10 are not permitted
0207 514 1958
Car parks near Spencer House
Cab firms close to Spencer House
9, 14, 19, 22, 38
Bus fares in London
Green Park JUB PCL VIC, Piccadilly Circus BKL PCL
The closest station to Spencer House is Green Park
Train fares in London
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans

Spencer House is one of the grand mansions that overlooks the eastern edge of Green Park.

It dates from the 1750s, and was originally occupied by the 1st Earl Spencer (an early ancestor of Princess Diana). The Spencer family continued to live there until 1895 when the building was let out to rent.

In 1985 the lease was assigned to J.Rothschild Holdings who spent the next ten years restoring it to its original 18th-century appearance, making it one of the few 18th-century private palaces to survive intact.

Eight of the State Rooms have now been opened to the public: the Ante-Room, Library, Dining Room, Palm Room, Music Room, Lady Spencer's Room, Great Room and Painted Room.

The standout rooms on the tour are Vardy's Palladian Palm Room, with its spectacular screen of gilded palm trees, and the Painted Room, with its mural decorations reflecting the Spencer's passion for classical Greece and Rome.

Spencer House is a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace, and you might like to time your visit with Changing the Guard. You could also continue the aristocratic-themed day with an Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Hotel.


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