Two Temple Place, London
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Finally got to view this building as part of London Open House.Built by Lord Astor in the 19th century.It is a marvellous building with oak labelled rooms,painted ceilings and stained glass windows..T... read more »
Gosto de sair caminhando pelas cidades que visito e acabei descobrindo esse canto charmoso de Londres,proximo a beira do Tamisa.Mansão maravilhosa!pena que estava fechada.Pretendo voltar.I like to walk through the cities I visit and just discovering this charming corner of London, near the banks of the Thames. wonderful Mansion! pity it was closed. I intend to go back.show original
Wow! I had read about this place in one of the "secret London" style books but it is difficult to visit as it is only open during exhibitions (which are free to the public) and there are a few tours e... read more »
We went to see the Egyptian exhibition and it was well presented with lots of information. There's also a really good quiz/exploring activity for children too. The building itself is also stunning and it's worth asking one of the staff to talk you through the history and carvings. There is a small cafe which is lovely and good value, and though we didn't have a piece of quiche or a cake they all looked stunning.
An interesting permanent collection, but they also have good touring exhibits. Well worth a look. The cake in the cafe is generally very good too
Finally got to see the interior of this beautiful building via a whisky promotion event - which is apt as the scotch whisky is aged in European oak and the interior of this venue is mostly oak panels, beams, bannister - much of which was beautifully engraved. The stained glass ceiling is extraordinary when it's still light outside and the layout is like a mini maze with doors that look like another oak panel. From what I can tell the main venue is two floors but there's also a basement. There's also a small lawn outside and then your are on Victoria Embankment. This would make a great venue for private parties, weddings and promotional events in a setting that requires minimal embellishment.
This is an amazing place that opens to the public all too rarely so, when it does open, be sure to get inside. Built as a medieval palace by the first Viscount Astor in the early 20th century, its interior is both impressive and homely and you feel like you've stepped into a mini stately home located miles outside London rather than, as is actually the case, just of the busy Embankment. One of my favourite things here is the sight of the two cherubs one speaking into an old fashioned phone and the other listening on the end of the receiver. You might easily miss them as they're on the foot of the lamps at the base of the steps that lead up to the entrance.
This old office building is so gorgeous and interesting - the very rich designer spared no expense and the place is covered with carvings from literature and Shakespeare (I especially loved the carvings on the stairs of the three musketeers). The Egyptian exhibition, while interesting, takes a back seat to the beauty of the place itself.
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