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Spencer House

#350 of 1,599 things to do in London
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Address: 27 St. James's Place, London SW1A 1NR, England
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+44 20 7499 8620
10:00 - 16:30
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Sun 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Restored to the full splendor of its late eighteenth-century appearance,...

Restored to the full splendor of its late eighteenth-century appearance, this manor house was once the residence of the Spencer family, whose famous member was Diana, Princess of Wales.

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An amazing experience

Fantastic evening reception with the LSO tonight. Very special performance of the players. Unforgettable!

Reviewed 23 March 2017
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Fantastic evening reception with the LSO tonight. Very special performance of the players. Unforgettable!

Thank Matt B
Bushey, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

In the area so turned up to see if by any chance we could book a tour. We were lucky but I would suggest pre-book as this location is normally only open on a Sunday. Standard cost £12 with a guide book costing £2, concession £10. Our tour guide, Betty, made it so interesting. Tour lasts 1 hour. Well worth... More 

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

Guided tour of house available each Sunday for £12. The house has been refurbished over the last 20 years. It looks superb. Second only to Buckingham Palace in its grandeur. If you like all things Georgian, this is the house to visit. Easy to get to ....only a 5 minute walk from Green Park tube.

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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Open on Sundays only and hard to find. An exploration of 8 of the entertaining rooms each more elaborate than the previous one. That is only 1/4 of the mansion. I would have liked to see one bedroom. The guide was very knowledgeable.

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

In the ultra exclusive neighbourhood around St. James, as in Rolls-Royce and yacht building businesses exclusive, we visited the London home of the Spencer family, yes, as in Princess Diana. It has been fully restored from its derelict state to its former 17th C glory by Lord Rothschild and it's amazing. The gardens were also open for the first time... More 

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Reviewed 30 November 2016

It's not easy to visit since only open on Sundays (& closed during August & January). If you have a Sun afternoon departure flight, you can plan to book online for the first tour at 10:30AM which finishes promptly at 11:30 and will allow plenty of time to get to airport. The mansion is beautiful and our guide Ian was... More 

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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Originally the London House of the Spencer family ,and so handy during " the Season " for the adjacent St.James ' s Palace ,this very large luxurious townhouse is mightily impressive . Now leased to the Rothschilds,who have successfully and sympathetically restored the house to its glory . The ground floor loosely is in the Roman idiom ,whilst the upper... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

Tucked away down a small road off Piccadilly facing St James's Park this elegant town house, or palace, is well worth a visit. Each of the eight rooms open to the public on this guided tour are superbly restored to their Georgian grandeur and about 10 minutes is spent in each while the knowledgeable guide reveals so much information on... More 

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Reviewed 15 November 2016

What a lovely residence. Glad we took this tour, tried to 2 years ago and it was closed. It's an 18th century residence that you can tour and it can also be hired for private events like a wedding (Rupert Murdoch and Gerry Hall did). Our tour guide Lindsay was fabulous and she kept us interested the whole time, her... More 

1 Thank thewillow
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Came here for a wedding and it really was a pleasure. Beautiful rooms and the staff were all very attentive!

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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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