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DateVisit
08 January 2020Apsley House, London
09 July 2019Knole House and Gardens with guided tour
04 June 2019Kew Gardens with guided tour
09 May 2019Mary Rose, Portsmouth with boat trip
09 April 2019Vincent Van Gogh Exhibition and lecture, Tate Britain
19 March 2019Freemasons Hall, London with guided tour
08 January 2019Foundling Museum, London with guided tour
17 July 2018Petworth House
19 June 2018Ely Cathedral
16 May 2018Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
17 April 2018Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasdon Temple
15 March 2018The Wallace Collection
11 January 2018Modigliani Exhibition, Tate Modern, London
07 October 2017OVERSEAS TOUR to Puglia and the Beautiful Heel of Italy
18 July 2017VISIT to Beaulieu Palace House, Hampshire
23 June 2017VISIT to Canterbury Cathedral, Kent
11 May 2017VISIT to Arundel Castle
18 April 2017VISIT to Dorney Court and Savill Gardens, Windsor
16 March 2017VISIT to Greenwich, London
12 January 2017Picasso Portraits - National Portrait Gallery
02 September 2016VISIT to The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas
22 July 2016VISIT to Waddesdon Manor
13 June 2016VISIT to The Vyne and Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire at National Trust properties.
17 May 2016VISIT to Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
28 April 2016VISIT to Chenies Manor House and Gardens, Buckinghamshire
15 March 2016VISIT to Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London Heritage Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre
15 January 2016GUIDED TOUR of Westminster Abbey
05 October 2015OVERSEAS TOUR to Spain
09 July 2015VISIT to Osborne House, Isle of Wight
11 June 2015VISIT to Rochester and Restoration House
14 May 2015VISIT to Basildon Park, Berkshire
16 April 2015VISIT to Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey
18 March 2015VISIT to the Victoria and Albert Museum for a private tour and talk - "Interiors"
30 January 2015VISIT to The Royal Academy for a private lecture (am) and ticketed entrance to the exhibition (pm). Sensation and Sensuality: Rubens and his Legacy.
15 September 2014VISIT to Firle Place and Lewes, East Sussex
11 July 2014VISIT to The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
11 June 2014VISIT to Nuffield Place and Mapledurham House
12 May 2014TOUR to Dublin
08 April 2014VISIT to Farley Farm House, East Sussex and Tunbridge Wells
18 March 2014A LONDON WALK with ANDREW DAVIES
16 January 2014VISIT to St Paul's Cathedral, London
30 September 2013TOUR to Tuscany and Umbria, Italy
17 July 2013VISIT to Belmont Faversham and Whitstable Kent
19 June 2013VISIT to Winchester Cathedral and Hinton Ampner
21 May 2013VISIT to Ickworth Suffolk and Lavenham Village
17 April 2013VISIT April in Paris!
15 March 2013VISIT to the Order of St John Clerkenwell and Lord Astor’s House Temple Place
01 January 2013VISIT to a London Gallery with lecture

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Apsley House, London
Wednesday 08 January 2020

Apsley House is the town house of the Duke of Wellington. It stands alone at Hyde Park Corner and in former centuries enjoyed the distinctive address “No. 1 London” because it was the first house travellers would see on arriving in London from the west. 

The house was originally built in red brick by Robert Adam for Lord Apsley, the Lord Chancellor between 1771 and 1778. The red brick exterior was later clad in Bath Stone and a pedimented portico was added. 

In 1817 the Duke of Wellington purchased the house as a London base from which to pursue his burgeoning political career. As his career developed, he added a three-storey extension and many other rooms by the architect Dean Wyatt. In the Waterloo Gallery a banquet would be held every year to celebrate his victory over Napoleon on 18 June 1815.  Half of the house is still today occupied by members of the Wellington family.  

Wellington Arch built in 1824 

Find out the history of the Wellington Arch and the quadriga sculpture.

 Tickets for this visit will be on sale at the October and November 2019 lecture.

 Visit co-ordinator: Arne Rees 020 8660 5171