Spencer House

 
 
ADDRESS
27 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1A 1NR 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Sun 10:30-17:45 (Closed Jan and Aug)
 
PRICES
£9 (Adults) £7 (Concs)
 

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Spencer HouseSpencer family's 18th London residence.

The ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Spencer family hasn’t lived in this, their London residence, since 1926. Following a 10-year refurbishment on the 18th century Palladian mansion, the building has now been restored to reflect its former splendour and is open to the public by guided tour. Built between 1756 and 1766 for the first Earl, the neo-classical house was, at this time, very much lived-in and enjoyed by its original inhabitants. Eight state rooms, each decorated in unique style using ceiling decorations, gilded palm trees, paintings and Roman murals, were employed to entertain on a lavish scale. When the family abandoned the house during the Second World War, a succession of different tenants subsequently moved in. The Ladies’ Army and Navy Club, Christies, the British Oxygen Company and the Economist Intelligence Unit all rented the property during the latter half of the 20th century. While part of the building is now offices, visitors are able to tour many of the house’s rooms in their original glory and, on selected days, amble around the recently restored grounds with their stunning views of Green Park.

Best for:
18th century glamour, Spencer family history, Palladian elegance.

Did you know?
During the Second World War the House was occupied by the nation's nursing services.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Green Park Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Arlington House Pure Parking
 
2 minutes walk
 
Carrington Street NCP
 
6 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Hotels near Spencer House

Near Spencer House
Dukes Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £188  38% off
St James's Place, SW1A | 1 minute from Spencer House
Dukes is worth a visit for its legendary bar alone where a signature martini is a must. The club atmosphere befits the well-heeled St James's location ... More
 
 
 
St. James's Hotel & Club London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £224  23% off
7-8 Park Place, SW1A | 1 minute from Spencer House
Naming the St James's Hotel 'and Club' is a clever way of letting you know exactly what to expect from this establishment. Tucked away down a ... More
 
 
 
The Ritz London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £257  39% off
150 Piccadilly, W1J | 3 minutes from Spencer House
World famous luxury hotel, right on Piccadilly, with a roof terrace looking across Green Park. The fine food (particularly the Afternoon Tea) at the Ritz attract ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Clarence House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
St James's Palace, St James's, London SW1 | 3 minutes from Spencer House
The home of the Queen Mother from 1953 to 2002, a tour of Clarence House is an excellent way of experiencing the living history of the ... More
 
 
 
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Buckingham Palace
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1A | 6 minutes from Spencer House
England's most famous royal palace, and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace opens the doors of its State Rooms to the public every ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Royal Institution of Great Britain
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 6 minutes from Spencer House
Best known for its annual televised Christmas lectures, the RI is one of Britain's most famous science institutions and the place where famous scientists such as ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Spencer House

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Spencer House
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Chris Beetles
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
8-10 Ryder Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Spencer House
Gallery owner Chris Beetles has been dealing for 25 years, and for 16 years from this location in the heart of St James's. Specializing in English ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Fine Art Commissions Ltd
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
7 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1Y6AL | 3 minutes from Spencer House
Portraits, commissioned and otherwise, are a tradition as old as art itself, with representations made of great men and women for posterity from the time of ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Bowman Sculpture
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
6 Duke Street, SW1Y | 3 minutes from Spencer House
Bowman Sculpture in St James's is a presitgious gallery where art collectors with deep pockets can get their hands on an original Rodin. Specialising in 19th ... More
 
 
 
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Near Spencer House
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Urinetown The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 29th September 2014 to 24th January 2015
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, Westminster, London W1D | 10 minutes from Spencer House
After a hugely successful run at the St James Theatre at the beginning of 2014 Urinetown moves to the Apollo Theatre on 29th September 2014 making ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Scottsboro Boys
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 4th October 2014 to 21st February 2015
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, South Bank, London WC2H | 12 minutes from Spencer House
It's 1931, nine young black men aged between 12 and 19 are travelling on a train through Scottsboro, looking for a new life. Following a sold ...More
 
 
 
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: 30th March to 12th April 2015
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 13 minutes from Spencer House
Emma Thompson returns to the London stage for the first time in 25 years to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet ...More
 
 
 
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Near Spencer House
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Criterion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 8 minutes from Spencer House
The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Comedy Store
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 9 minutes from Spencer House
The Comedy Store is the spiritual home of stand-up in the UK. Despite being the best large comedy venue in the country, the Store still succeeds ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
St James Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
12 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 9 minutes from Spencer House
Billed by its operators as 'the first newly built central London theatre in 30 years', St James Theatre opens to ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Spencer House

The best shops and markets near Spencer House
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Truefitt and Hill
London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
71 St James Street, St James's, London SW1A | 1 minute from Spencer House
As any gentleman knows, there are times when only a shave by the finest of barbers will do. It's a bit like going to the gym ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Lock & Co
London > Shopping > Clothing
6 St James's Street, St James's, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Spencer House
Founded in 1676, for centuries Lock & Co. has been the place to shop for a top hat if you're off to Ascot. The quaint shop ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
John Lobb
London > Shopping > Shoes
9 St James's Street, St James's, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Spencer House
This historic bootmakers in St James's, set up in 1849, may be steeped in history but it's still the place to go for top quality tailor-made ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Spencer House

What are the best dining options near Spencer House London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham at DUKES LONDON
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
35 St. Jame's Place, SW1A | 1 minute from Spencer House
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Lyttelton
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
The Stafford London Hotel, St James's Place,, St James's, London SW1A | 1 minute from Spencer House
International cuisine ... More
 
 
 
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Wheeler's Of St James's
London > Restaurants > Fish and Seafood
72-73 St James's Street, St James's, London SW1A | 1 minute from Spencer House
Marco Pierre White has teamed up with Sir Rocco Forte to revive Wheeler's of St James's as a fish restaurant - a fitting purpose given this ... More
 
 
 
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Education near Spencer House

Near Spencer House
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, W1W | 15 minutes from Spencer House
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, W1U | 16 minutes from Spencer House
Whether you're a Nigella or not in the kitchen, the L'atelier des Chefs cookery school can teach you something. Classes are given in the basement kitchens ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
La Cucina Caldesi
London > Education > Cookery Courses
118 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U | 19 minutes from Spencer House
The Caldesi family first set up a cooking school in Giancarlo's native Tuscany. His 'Return to Tuscany' was captured by BBC cameras and dished up on ... More
 
 
 
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Leisure near Spencer House

Spencer House gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Catalyst Health and Fitness Ltd
London > Leisure > Fitness
30 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from Spencer House
Catalyst personal trainers are among the best in London. Get fit without doing yourself an injury, lose weight with a specially devised programme or build your ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Green Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 4 minutes from Spencer House
Although many of the parks in London are officially owned by the sovereign, it is the four central London parks (one of which is Green Park) ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
May Fair Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 5 minutes from Spencer House
The subterranean spa within the luxury May Fair Hotel offers a compact gym, herbal sauna and a good size aromatic steam room as well ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Spencer House

The best pubs near London Spencer House.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Ye Grapes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
16 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J | 6 minutes from Spencer House
Built in 1882 this gorgeous Victorian pub could be the perfect spot for a night out, if you can find it, that is. Very close to ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Reform Club
London > Nightlife > Pubs
104 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 6 minutes from Spencer House
Located in the heart of London's traditional Clubland in Pall Mall, The Reform Club was founded in 1836 and was membership was initially restricted to those who ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Only Running Footman
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
5 Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 7 minutes from Spencer House
One of two venues belonging to The Meredith Group who also run The Portman in Portman Village, The Only Running Footman is a popular pub, restaurant ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near Spencer House

Spencer House clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Dukes Hotel: Cognac and Cigar Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
35 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1A | 1 minute from Spencer House
Famous for its martinis - a favourite with James Bond author Ian Fleming - Dukes Hotel extends its drinking area to include an outdoor Cognac and ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Rivoli Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Ritz Hotel, St James's, London W1J | 3 minutes from Spencer House
The Rivoli Bar, an intimate cocktail lounge within the famous Ritz Hotel, re-opened in 2001 after a closure of some twenty years with interiors stylishly updated ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Funky Buddha
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 4 minutes from Spencer House
Between the Victorian elegance of Berkley Square and the Imperial magnificence of Piccadilly, you might be surprised to find a club that oozes with Eastern decadence, ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Spencer House

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Spencer House.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Spencer House
London > Business > Venue Hire
27 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1A | Same location as Spencer House
Spencer family's 18th London residence. The ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Spencer family hasn’t lived in this, their London residence, since 1926. Following ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Ritz Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
150 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 3 minutes from Spencer House
World famous luxury hotel, right on Piccadilly, with a roof terrace looking across Green Park. The fine food (particularly the Afternoon Tea) at the Ritz attract ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The May Fair
London > Business > Venue Hire
Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 4 minutes from Spencer House
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High On Heels
Concerts | On 22nd November 2014 

Quaglino's 3 minutes walk from Spencer House

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Live At The Ritz
Dance | Until 27th December 2014 

The Ritz Afternoon Tea 3 minutes walk from Spencer House

Dance the night away in the sumptuous surroundings of The Ritz Restaurant....More

19th Annual Winter Exhibition
Exhibitions | Until 31st January 2015 

Illustration Cupboard 3 minutes walk from Spencer House

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Glam
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 25th November 2014 

Funky Buddha 4 minutes walk from Spencer House

Resident DJs play funky house, electro and R&B....More

Lee Jaehyo 2014
Exhibitions | Until 13th December 2014 

Albemarle Gallery 4 minutes walk from Spencer House

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Mari Kim | Synchronicity
Exhibitions | Until 22nd November 2014 

Albemarle Gallery 4 minutes walk from Spencer House

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Boaz Vaadia: Sculpture
Exhibitions | Until 22nd November 2014 

Connaught Brown 4 minutes walk from Spencer House

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David Hammons
Exhibitions | Until 3rd January 2015 

White Cube Mason's Yard 4 minutes walk from Spencer House

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Robert Devriendt: Unsolved Cases
Exhibitions | Until 28th November 2014 

Marlborough Fine Art 4 minutes walk from Spencer House

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Charlotte Colbert: Public Art Installation - In And Out Of Space
Exhibitions | Until 14th January 2015 

Gazelli Art House 4 minutes walk from Spencer House

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