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Spencer House

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Address: 27 St. James's Place, London SW1A 1NR, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7499 8620
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Sun 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Magnificent mansion

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... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

When you enter the house you know you are in for a real treat. The walls are covered with wonderful paintings and the furniture so interesting. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly and were happy to answer questions A great place to spend some time in

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Only open on Sunday's ten months of the year - but no need to book. A veritable palace gem with fabulous rooms and very knowledgeable guide. Worth the £10/12 entry

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Beautiful house which has been impeccably restored to its former glory. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday (open from 10 a.m.). The tour of the house is with an extremely knowledgeable an engaging guide would could not have been more helpful and interesting - as were ALL of the staff. Not all rooms are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Gorgeously restored 18th town house at Green Park. Impeccably decorated to time of first Earl of Spencer. Take the guided tour as we did to appreciate how thoroughly authentic it has been restored. Our guide surely was an art historian at university, for she knew everything about all furnishings and art. Only house of this type available to see. If... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Booked online for the tour of Spencer House not knowing quite what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised. If you get there early enough you can view a short film before your tour. Groups are limited to 20 people at a time and this is just right. You cannot wander around on your own which is a good thing... More 

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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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